I did laugh- a massive gaping hole and he starts with a cotton bud to remove dirt along the pickup.
Guess this was done for the box set of the 66 shows.
Shockingly I think I have read only 2 of them, Bob Dylan’s Chronicles Vol 1 and Martin Amis’ Experience.
Just flirting with the idea of downsizing and moving away from the madness of being 30 mins from London. Too many choices! So help me out, if you could live anywhere in the UK where would it be, and why? Could be where you are now, of course.
In my humble opinion, one of the most massively underrated British singer – songwriters gets a BBC Four documentary next Friday (27th Sept).
An artist that I have enjoyed for many a year (although I last lost touch with some of her later material) that had a few hits, but always seemed to stay just under the radar. Amazing that she has been going for almost 50 years.
Looking at the programme info, it looks very AW friendly – guests Gambaccini (and she’s not even dead yet), Pino Palladino……
So any more love out there and if so, your thoughts, favourites etc on her varied discography……
Just a short post to say thank you. Some of you may remember had I was made redundant at the beginning of August after 30 years of bookbinding.
Well, today I got home to a message from Royal Mail to say I’ve passed the interview I had last Friday and they have offered me a position as a Postman!
I’d just like to say thank you because you all were very positive and offered some very useful advice which really helped.
I’m really looking forward to being a wage slave again and being a postie will be a lovely new challenge.
Again thank you very much.
PS I’ve ordered the Abbey Road special edition to celebrate!
It’s 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon. I’ve just finished a particularly gnarly piece of work and I’m looking to call it a week and lay back into some music and beer. The primary school opposite Foxy Towers is kicking out in a few minutes and the yummy’s have started to appear in their oversized SUVs, parking badly in the narrow lane outside, just up from the school entrance, so that Jasmine and Teejay don’t have more than 30 metres to walk.
The one parked right outside my office window has a truck the size of Wiltshire, still has the engine running, and is concentrating hard on her mobile, probably trying to find TOWIE on Neflux or something equally engrossing. She’s breaking two traffic laws simultaneously, and pissing me off into the bargain. I go downstairs and put the kettle on for a wind-down cuppa, look out the the back and yes, she’s still there pumping fumes and tapping away. So I stroll out and walk around to the driver’s window. “Hello, would you mind turning your engine off while you wait, please?” I ask, polite and everything.
The response, with a snarl: “Why?”.
She’s straight in » Continue Reading.
All previously-unreleased songs apparently, left unfinished and completed by his son. Details (rather sketchy) in the linked article.
This lovely place is turning into Mojo magazine. Posts on the Beatles, King Crimson, Bob Dylan, 1972, The Weight. I could go on.
Not that I like new music myself.
Using my monthly Stockholm public transport season ticket, I can take a ferry from Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm, over to the Gröna Lund Funfair. The journey only takes about 15 minutes, but there is something rather magical about it, especially if I am making the journey in the early evening to see a gig.
And every summer they have some marvellous gigs. Madness, Patti Smith, Lady Gaga, Veronica Maggio, Jimi Hendrix, Ry Cooder, Bob Marley and the Wailers… to name just a few past triumphs.
Leaving the stately buildings of the Old Town and sailing towards those flashing funfair lights with a boat full of people who are all psyched up for a great evening is a thrill.
Of course, I could take a far larger boat, sail eastwards all night and wake up in Helsinki. With the Stockholm archipelago to enjoy during the first part of the journey and its Finnish counterpart on the other side of the Baltic.
In this thread I would like to hear about ferry rides. Mundane, extraordinary, exotic, hilarious, terrifying…..
Journeys that you do every day. Trips that you did once that have left a great impression on you. Or » Continue Reading.
Had this email today….at least it isn’t a wallet threatening mega box!
TRAVELIN’ THRU, 1967-1969: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 15 Available November 1 1967 saw a profound transformation in Bob Dylan’s musical evolution. Withdrawing from public view following his July 1966 motorcyle accident, he re-emerged in 1967 with John Wesley Harding, recorded in Nashville with a core trio featuring bassist Charlie McCoy and drummer Kenneth Buttrey, the resulting album had a sublime, minimal sound. Follow-up Nashville Skyline, also recorded in Nashville, featured the stirring “Girl From The North Country,” a duet with Johnny Cash. The album would reach number 1 in the U.S. and the U.K.
Now, Travelin’ Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 revisits Dylan’s pivotal journey to Nashville. This 3CD or 3LP set features outtakes from both albums, including the first release of Dylan and Cash’s joint studio sessions. The package also features Dylan and Cash’s performance on The Johnny Cash Show, two Nashville outtakes from the Self Portrait sessions and tracks recorded in 1970 with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass banjo legend Earl Scruggs for a PBS television special.
As a part of Project Shelving I’ve been getting more severe with book series. Sci-fi loves a series. Known worlds and characters guarantee sales, and tap into the deep-rooted completist gene we know so well around here. Can we get by knowing that the story we loved in what is now part one now carries on into parts 2 to six. Maybe that mysterious origin/object/event will be finally explained in book 4/5/63. Over the last few years I’ve been consciously re-reading these and fighting the completist gene. Holding onto part one, as it’s very good, and ditching parts 2-6 as they are not. I am here to hopefully provide a counter to that completist gene, and reassure you that in these cases clearing those shelves is the right thing to do. Or you can safely stop at the end of the first book.
Your suggestions please for series where the start should also be the end – interested in fantasy, crime etc – not genres whose series I know well.
Rendezvous With Rama – the original AC Clarke novel is full of mystery and understatement, the three sequels written with (by) Gentry Lee get progressively longer and less rewarding. A » Continue Reading.
Featuring Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, Lukas Nelson, Larkin Poe and many many more…….
And this song is 50 years old !
Jacques wouldn’t be the first guy in the Dylan to not get full attribution.
Baseball. Vietnam. The Civil War.
Ken Burns’ documentaries, taken altogether, are the story of America.
Country is as good as you could imagine. It’s narrated by the inimitable Peter Coyote, and filled with all the interviews you could want. We’re on Episode 3 right now, but if you can get it, I urge you to.
Here’s the website: https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/country-music/
You can type “askew” in google and the page will go slightly askew. Also works with “tilt”.
You can type “do a barrel roll” and it will.
You can type “wizard of oz” and click on Dorothy’s red shoes (right) and then on the tornado.
Well the few seconds in the clip sounded ok.
14 originals apparently.
It is 1971. Mathematically proven.
I am not a jazzer. No way. Expose me to pure jazz, and I will run a mile. It just doesn’t work for me, and I have tried (as have friends). It really came home to me when I went to see Bill Bruford some years ago. There I was looking forward to this alumnus of three of my favourite bands but, No! This wasn’t right at all. It was all clarinets and marimbas.
Yet, when the music in my comfort zone gets exposed to jazz, that’s when it really gets exciting. Joni when she gets Jaco. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. My favourite folk dance thrives when Andy Cutting’s melodeon, the hurdy gurdy and the bagpipes, get cut with multiple saxes and it swings. Above all, at the recent live reincarnations of King Crimson, what has got me on the edge of my seat with delight, what has enthralled me and kept me guessing, has been the syncopations, the flights of fancy, the vaulting instrumentals setting off at tangents. I have to concede; it’s the jazz which makes it.
Given the recent expose from the Daily Mail that a love of jazz renders suspect the credibility of Scottish » Continue Reading.
I’ve been thinking about this post for a while.
A couple of months ago there was one of those anniversaries that come around these days, I think it was maybe Bobbie Gentry’s birthday. Anyway “Ode To Billie Joe” popped up and I listened to it again and was struck by the arrangement – just Bobbie and guitar and the strings. Here’s a brilliant revealing piece about Jimmie Haskell’s arrangement and how he approached it. And does the name Jimmie Haskell ring a bell? It did for me, as one of those inveterate readers of album cover credits. You can start with the “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”
Is there are song you love where the string arrangement absolutely makes it?
I can think of several more…
Can’t argue too much with (most of) the top 5 but some truly baffling choices e.g. The Great British Bake Off considerably higher than The Bridge. Laughable! And Killing Eve at 30? Ridiculous.
Something that I don’t understand, but I know where to come to ask : What does /did a specific record Label actually do for an artist? I often hear and read about Artists being signed to the ‘wrong’ label for their genre, or even for their entire future career, and I wonder, what does a specific label do for a specific artist that other labels wouldn’t? I know the big labels had their sub labels, and I’m guessing that it meant specifically genre-knowledgeable Producers, Engineers, Marketing and PR people. But is there more to it than that?
I always had a soft spot for ‘the budget Television’.
He was 75. I suppose the New Wavers are now going to start dropping like flies.
‘Vietnam’ by Max Hastings is available in the Kindle version for 99p today only
Plus, 5 Bernard Cornwell novels, The Last Kingdom series, are also up for sale at 99p a go just for today.
It had to happen eventually. So the the most ubiquitous of all Charity Shop albums, the one you can find on Vinyl in pretty much every Chazzer, every Car Boot, every 2nd hand shop and pretty much anywhere now gets the Super Deluxe treatment. There must have been warehouses full of unsold copies released into the wild, maybe they breed in captivity, for some reason they are everywhere. Yep, No Parlez, on purple vinyl and signed by the man himself for 23 quid – for that you could probably get 50 copies of the original vinyl at current Charity Shop prices.