We said goodbye to my best friend today. It was a lovely service, 28 people turned up (more than we expected) and author Paolo Hewitt and I shared our memories of him. When Paolo ‘went’ I thought there was no way I would hold it together but I did. I wasn’t going to let Des down. It has been the hardest four weeks of my life and all the work and effort to arrange everything (he was an orphan, the product of a 60’s & 70’s children’s care system that was not fit for purpose) has triggered a breakdown. I have finally thrown myself at the mercy of the experts, put my hand up, and asked for help. My friend of 44 years is gone, at just 61. His mental health struggles eventually beat him down but he is finally free. He went out to this. It is about Paul Kossoff’s struggles with drugs but I have always had Des in my mind when we would sing it. I grinned from ear to ear and stared at the coffin the whole time it was playing. Cheers, Des.
The good people that are Big Big Train have just released a new “EP” called London Song – basically the songs with the theme of London from the past few albums mixed into one 34 min long song cycle.
And because it’s all “recycled” music, they have released it for free – that’s zero of your English pounds.
Available at Bandcamp at the enclosed link.
So if you have yet to sample the delights of Big Big Train, there’s no better chance. What are you waiting for…….?
Carried out important experiment under non laboratory conditions this afternoon in a not double blind test
2016 Half Speed Abbey Road Mastered Edition: Fire & Water by Free (cost £13) 2016 Box Set Edition: Fire And Water by Free (as part of 7 LP box set cost £90)
Method: Vinyl placed on 2 connected decks, played through the same system.
Observation: The BSE had more top range and a cleaner sound whereas the HSM had more low end frequencies resulting in a lively punchy bass and grittier vocal feel
Result: Its completely subjective which you prefer, neither is better but tere is definitely a difference in the sound produced by the different cut vinyl. Whether is is down to the mastering or the production of the vinyl is unknown
Possibly this half speed mastering thing isn’t just magic bean bullshine. Why the covers are different in hue and colour saturation is unclear. The investigations continue…..
Its also still music for adolescent boys or those who can still take themselves back there. So it’s all right now
Ok, he didn’t. But he did play Free Bird.