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Title: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 06, 2022, 01:08:18 PM




Against The Tide by the Order of the 12, just now on Cerys Matthews 6Music show. Shades of Pentangle and Trees. Will be investigating the album, Lore of the Land.

Anyone else heard of these? Theyre from Lewes  Sussex. New to me.


Yep, I did mention it a while back I believe...it's a side project of Richard Norris of The Grid fame.  It's utterly fab.  Impossible to dislike, I think.


I'll pay more attention in future :)

Thanks Alan and David, listening to their album now.


I didn't mean it like that.  I discovered it by complete accident with a Bandcamp Friday announcement.  I picked up one of the CDs...the vinyl is already sold out I believe...


It was sold put at bandcamp and I got one from amazon.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on March 14, 2022, 01:06:01 PM
Live broadcast from NPR. A Richard Thompson Band show from Washington in 2007.  :)

https://www.npr.org/2007/06/22/11167464/brit-folk-legend-richard-thompson-in-concert


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 14, 2022, 01:46:34 PM
Where's the History gone?  ???

How will I know what I was listening to this time last year...? {:-)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on March 14, 2022, 04:05:10 PM

Where's the History gone?  ???

How will I know what I was listening to this time last year...? {:-)


It should all sound fresh to you then.  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 14, 2022, 04:56:07 PM


Where's the History gone?  ???

How will I know what I was listening to this time last year...? {:-)


It should all sound fresh to you then.  ;D
With my attention span it always sounds fresh  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on March 14, 2022, 06:07:02 PM
It was probably some
"prog rock scum come to bum you out"

To quote Bobby Wilcox...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 15, 2022, 11:50:32 AM





Against The Tide by the Order of the 12, just now on Cerys Matthews 6Music show. Shades of Pentangle and Trees. Will be investigating the album, Lore of the Land.

Anyone else heard of these? Theyre from Lewes  Sussex. New to me.


Yep, I did mention it a while back I believe...it's a side project of Richard Norris of The Grid fame.  It's utterly fab.  Impossible to dislike, I think.


My vinyl copy has just arrived. Disappointed not to get a download card. It is just like the old days. If I want to listen to it in the car I have to hook the record deck up to another machine, press record and copy it in real time!  ;D

I'll pay more attention in future :)

Thanks Alan and David, listening to their album now.


I didn't mean it like that.  I discovered it by complete accident with a Bandcamp Friday announcement.  I picked up one of the CDs...the vinyl is already sold out I believe...


It was sold put at bandcamp and I got one from amazon.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 15, 2022, 01:52:24 PM

It was probably some
"prog rock scum come to bum you out"

To quote Bobby Wilcox...
Ooo I hope so!  8)

Can anyone else see the history or am I the only one with only 1 page on this thread?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 15, 2022, 01:55:24 PM


It was probably some
"prog rock scum come to bum you out"

To quote Bobby Wilcox...
Ooo I hope so!  8)

Can anyone else see the history or am I the only one with only 1 page on this thread?


You're not alone.  It's been wiped...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 15, 2022, 02:00:10 PM





Against The Tide by the Order of the 12, just now on Cerys Matthews 6Music show. Shades of Pentangle and Trees. Will be investigating the album, Lore of the Land.

Anyone else heard of these? Theyre from Lewes  Sussex. New to me.


Yep, I did mention it a while back I believe...it's a side project of Richard Norris of The Grid fame.  It's utterly fab.  Impossible to dislike, I think.


I'll pay more attention in future :)

Thanks Alan and David, listening to their album now.


I didn't mean it like that.  I discovered it by complete accident with a Bandcamp Friday announcement.  I picked up one of the CDs...the vinyl is already sold out I believe...


It was sold put at bandcamp and I got one from amazon.  


Sorry, I made a mess of the quotes earlier.

My vinyl copy has just arrived. Disappointed not to get a download card. It is just like the old days. If I want to listen to it in the car I have to hook the record deck up to another machine, press record and copy it in real time!   ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 15, 2022, 09:29:31 PM
Andy Irvine and Paul Brady :  Same.   (Mulligan Records LP, 2022, limited edition purple vinyl).



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on March 17, 2022, 09:20:31 AM
Miles Davis "Someday my prince will come".

Takes me back to those days when we used to send our films to Kodak/Ilford...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: sliprigilio (Al) on March 17, 2022, 02:04:40 PM

Miles Davis "Someday my prince will come".

Takes me back to those days when we used to send our films to Kodak/Ilford...


Ha Ha...would that be monochrome or colour prince?!

Very Underrated album in my view...never pops up in those 'definitive' lists of Miles's albums but it's one I return to frequently...

Cheers,

Slippy  [;-)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Amethyst (Jenny) on March 17, 2022, 03:51:02 PM
The Dubliners, Christy Moore, the Pogues, Altan…. 💚🍀💚🍀💚🍀


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on March 17, 2022, 07:41:40 PM

Andy Irvine and Paul Brady :  Same.   (Mulligan Records LP, 2022, limited edition purple vinyl).




Is the only difference to my 1978 black vinyl the purpleness ?
I was listening to its magnificence only two days ago via Amazon music


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on March 17, 2022, 08:24:22 PM

The Dubliners, Christy Moore, the Pogues, Altan…. 💚🍀💚🍀💚🍀


Just put on Christy's Live in Dublin 2006. Earlier it was The Alt, Nuala Kennedy and Damien O'Kane.

Happy St Paddy's Day!  :)

We've been watching 'Holding' on ITV Hub this week. Great cast with actors from Father Ted, The Young Offenders and Derry Girls.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 17, 2022, 09:18:24 PM


Andy Irvine and Paul Brady :  Same.   (Mulligan Records LP, 2022, limited edition purple vinyl).




Is the only difference to my 1978 black vinyl the purpleness ?
I was listening to its magnificence only two days ago via Amazon music


It's a great reissue. You get a booklet and a gatefold.  The mastering is from the original analogue tapes. Im not too keen on the colour,  but it sounds great.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on March 17, 2022, 10:39:53 PM



Andy Irvine and Paul Brady :  Same.   (Mulligan Records LP, 2022, limited edition purple vinyl).




Is the only difference to my 1978 black vinyl the purpleness ?
I was listening to its magnificence only two days ago via Amazon music


It's a great reissue. You get a booklet and a gatefold.  The mastering is from the original analogue tapes. Im not too keen on the colour,  but it sounds great.

That is such a great album, I wore out my vinyl copy years ago so this could be a reason to get a new copy. So much fabulousness on one record.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on March 20, 2022, 07:41:57 AM
I don't know how well known this is, but having heard it described as Hawaiian Wyrd Folk, with Joni Mitchell-ish vocals, and Nick Drake acoustic playing, I had to check it out..

From 1973, These Trails by These Trails

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8DPr74-NdI&list=PL7927D4D5DDD634F1


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: garrypbrooks on March 20, 2022, 11:44:00 AM
Just picked up Rod Picott's "Welding Burns" for a couple of quid. Excellent album. I'll try to catch him on his UK tour soon.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on March 20, 2022, 03:20:45 PM
1975's Hissing of Summer Lawns. As we sit in the garden in bright Solstice sunlight...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on March 20, 2022, 07:44:07 PM

Just picked up Rod Picott's "Welding Burns" for a couple of quid. Excellent album. I'll try to catch him on his UK tour soon.


 Oof! I read that as "Wedding burns"  :o


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 21, 2022, 08:43:04 AM
A friend sent me their spare copy of a recent Steve Hackett live album. I didn't have any Steve Hackett solo material but it was most enjoyable and led me into a Genesis and Peter Gabriel fuelled weekend.

This morning it is an After The Fire playlist of my own devising.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 21, 2022, 09:22:31 AM

A friend sent me their spare copy of a recent Steve Hackett live album. I didn't have any Steve Hackett solo material but it was most enjoyable and led me into a Genesis and Peter Gabriel fuelled weekend.

This morning it is an After The Fire playlist of my own devising.
Sounds like my kind of weekend  :D

I'm going to spend the day listening to Acid House and Rave classics, because I need repetitive, mindless rhythms so I can concentrate on some tricky coding  :o  :o  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 21, 2022, 02:17:56 PM

A friend sent me their spare copy of a recent Steve Hackett live album. I didn't have any Steve Hackett solo material but it was most enjoyable and led me into a Genesis and Peter Gabriel fuelled weekend.

This morning it is an After The Fire playlist of my own devising.


And following on from that, my new CD reissue of Mike Rutherford's Smallcreep's Day has arrived in the post today. It has been out of print for decades. More Genesis than most Genesis after Duke.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 21, 2022, 03:29:49 PM
The Hissing etc.  was my entry point with Joni Mitchell.   I still think it's a very fine record, but seldom play it now.  I think her final album, Shine (2007, LP 2019), is one of her finest.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on March 21, 2022, 11:25:17 PM

The Hissing etc.  was my entry point with Joni Mitchell.   I still think it's a very fine record, but seldom play it now.  I think her final album, Shine (2007, LP 2019), is one of her finest.


Ah, the good old Hissing Etc.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on March 22, 2022, 03:02:42 PM
Having a first listen to Jethro Tull's The Zealot Gene via Spotify. I was wondering what it would be like, given the comments that have been made about IA's voice, and was surprised that it sounds much better than I had expected. Though as I listened, it seems to me that maybe he has had to adapt his singing voice - there is very little of the trademark sneer in his voice I think.  Anyone else have any thoughts about it?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 22, 2022, 03:07:26 PM

Having a first listen to Jethro Tull's The Zealot Gene via Spotify. I was wondering what it would be like, given the comments that have been made about IA's voice, and was surprised that it sounds much better than I had expected. Though as I listened, it seems to me that maybe he has had to adapt his singing voice - there is very little of the trademark sneer in his voice I think.  Anyone else have any thoughts about it?


It's a massively less powerful instrument than it was.  He seems to deal with it by a) doing an awful lot of that sort of 'speaking/singing' thing and b) it is very "forward and up" in the mix.  I can't imagine that would make it easy to reproduce the material live?

I'll be honest and say it's not something I'll listen to a lot.  The material is stronger than the presentation, I think....


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 24, 2022, 10:12:44 AM
Big Session Vol 1. - Oysterband & friends

It is sort of an overlooked Oysterband album and I certainly haven't listened to it in eons though I went to one of the shows and really enjoyed it. I don't know whatever happened to Vol 2.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on March 24, 2022, 03:36:11 PM
Small Faces - Live 1966

This week I received my autographed LP and CD from Kenney Jones. It is an amazing snapshot of mid-sixties British R&B/Punk. The recording quality is so-so (drums and bass are mixed down and lack clarity), but Mac's keys and especially Steve's voice are crystal clear. The girls scream between songs, but are mercifully quiet while the music is playing.

Steve Marriott fans must own this. There's a case to be made that he was the finest white R&B singer of his generation, and this recording is further evidence. His voice was a gift from God. This is just loads of fun and I'm so happy Kenney put it out in the world.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 24, 2022, 04:21:44 PM

Small Faces - Live 1966

This week I received my autographed LP and CD from Kenney Jones. It is an amazing snapshot of mid-sixties British R&B/Punk. The recording quality is so-so (drums and bass are mixed down and lack clarity), but Mac's keys and especially Steve's voice are crystal clear. The girls scream between songs, but are mercifully quiet while the music is playing.

Steve Marriott fans must own this. There's a case to be made that he was the finest white R&B singer of his generation, and this recording is further evidence. His voice was a gift from God. This is just loads of fun and I'm so happy Kenney put it out in the world.


I must get that.  I saw Steve Marriott in a pub (possibly the Sir George Robey) in the late 80s and it was one part brilliance to 4 parts depressing.  The poor bloke was struggling.  But in his day....I'm certainly not going to argue with you.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on March 24, 2022, 04:45:06 PM


Small Faces - Live 1966

This week I received my autographed LP and CD from Kenney Jones. It is an amazing snapshot of mid-sixties British R&B/Punk. The recording quality is so-so (drums and bass are mixed down and lack clarity), but Mac's keys and especially Steve's voice are crystal clear. The girls scream between songs, but are mercifully quiet while the music is playing.

Steve Marriott fans must own this. There's a case to be made that he was the finest white R&B singer of his generation, and this recording is further evidence. His voice was a gift from God. This is just loads of fun and I'm so happy Kenney put it out in the world.


I must get that.  I saw Steve Marriott in a pub (possibly the Sir George Robey) in the late 80s and it was one part brilliance to 4 parts depressing.  The poor bloke was struggling.  But in his day....I'm certainly not going to argue with you.


Here's a fabulous Youtube clip of SM in 1985: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMCgqjYA424

According to setlist.fm, he came through north Texas in 1983 and 1985, playing small clubs. Those would have been my only opportunities to see him, and I confess I was barely aware of his existence back then. Itchycoo Park was the only Small Faces song I had heard. Where's that time machine when I need it?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on March 24, 2022, 05:18:13 PM



Small Faces - Live 1966

This week I received my autographed LP and CD from Kenney Jones. It is an amazing snapshot of mid-sixties British R&B/Punk. The recording quality is so-so (drums and bass are mixed down and lack clarity), but Mac's keys and especially Steve's voice are crystal clear. The girls scream between songs, but are mercifully quiet while the music is playing.

Steve Marriott fans must own this. There's a case to be made that he was the finest white R&B singer of his generation, and this recording is further evidence. His voice was a gift from God. This is just loads of fun and I'm so happy Kenney put it out in the world.


I must get that.  I saw Steve Marriott in a pub (possibly the Sir George Robey) in the late 80s and it was one part brilliance to 4 parts depressing.  The poor bloke was struggling.  But in his day....I'm certainly not going to argue with you.


Here's a fabulous Youtube clip of SM in 1985: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMCgqjYA424

According to setlist.fm, he came through north Texas in 1983 and 1985, playing small clubs. Those would have been my only opportunities to see him, and I confess I was barely aware of his existence back then. Itchycoo Park was the only Small Faces song I had heard. Where's that time machine when I need it?


One of my lockdown discoveries was Ronnie Lane. I knew the name but never heard his own music, and am still only marginally familiar with Small Faces & Faces. Did you happen to catch Ronnie during his latter days in Texas?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on March 24, 2022, 06:49:23 PM


One of my lockdown discoveries was Ronnie Lane. I knew the name but never heard his own music, and am still only marginally familiar with Small Faces & Faces. Did you happen to catch Ronnie during his latter days in Texas?


Indeed, twice. November 28, 1983 (Reunion Arena, Dallas, ARMS Concert, with Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and many others. Ronnie closed the show with "Goodnight Irene.") October 14, 1988 (Continental Club, Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance. I didn't know his Small Faces material, at the time, but I remember "Annie" and "April Fool" from Rough Mix, and he opened and closed the show with "Ooh La La," which was poignant given his frail condition. "I wish that I knew what I know now when I was stronger...")

Of the remaining Small Faces, I saw Kenney Jones with The Who in Dallas in 1982 and with ARMS in 1983, and Ian McLagan in Austin twice with his Bump Band at the Lucky Lounge, again at a British Invasion-themed show at ACL Live with Eric Burdon and the Zombies, and leading the band at Auditorium Shores for the Road to Austin all-star show in 2007). To top it off, both Mac and I were present at the Headliners Club when Pete Townshend delivered a somewhat vulgar speech at the SXSW Music Festival many years back.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on March 24, 2022, 07:59:32 PM
King of America by Elvis Costello.

I bought the cd re-issue after the cassette I originally bought got mangled. It came with a 21 track bonus cd which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on March 24, 2022, 08:58:50 PM

which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 25, 2022, 07:59:26 AM


which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Madness indeed.  Less is always more.  I'm moving closer and closer to stopping buying music and culling my collection by about 75%.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on March 25, 2022, 10:55:22 AM


which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.

You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


I listen to that album fairly often as it's my favourite release of his. But I suppose we get suckered in to buying these re-releases with bonus cds which makes it feel like a bargain but we all know we will rarely listen to all the demos etc.

Having been doing radio shows for most of the last 12 years I've accumulated a large number of promo cds but thankfully these days they mostly come as downloads. And I have donated quite a few over the years to my local Oxfam shop.

I do still like browsing in my local HMV but have only been in once so far this year. I bought Frank Turner's new album with added acoustic bonus tracks! I just can't help myself.  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on March 25, 2022, 11:28:04 AM



which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Madness indeed.  Less is always more.  I'm moving closer and closer to stopping buying music and culling my collection by about 75%.


My wife would be very happy if I did that.  ;D  Not sure I'm there yet, though...  I do buy more music as downloads these days, though.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 25, 2022, 01:06:30 PM



which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Madness indeed.  Less is always more.  I'm moving closer and closer to stopping buying music and culling my collection by about 75%.


 :o :o I just can't. I fear that at some point there may be a particular track which is the exact thing that I wnat to listen to at that partcular moment and I will no longer have it! I did do a bit of rationalisation a couple of years ago and amongst the albums I think I donated to a chrity shop was Crossroads by Tracy Chapman. For the last few months all I have wanted to do is listen to Crossroads by Tracy Chapman even though I can't really remember anything about it. Similarly I gave my copy of Maria McKee's first album to a friend several years ago and constantly regret it. I don't suffer buyer's remorse. I suffer donators remorse.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on March 25, 2022, 02:28:33 PM




which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Madness indeed.  Less is always more.  I'm moving closer and closer to stopping buying music and culling my collection by about 75%.


My wife would be very happy if I did that.  ;D  Not sure I'm there yet, though...  I do buy more music as downloads these days, though.
 

And just to prove I'm not there yet, I'm about to open the Iain Matthews 'Rockburgh Years' CD set that just dropped through the door...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 25, 2022, 02:30:08 PM




which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Madness indeed.  Less is always more.  I'm moving closer and closer to stopping buying music and culling my collection by about 75%.


 :o :o I just can't. I fear that at some point there may be a particular track which is the exact thing that I wnat to listen to at that partcular moment and I will no longer have it! I did do a bit of rationalisation a couple of years ago and amongst the albums I think I donated to a chrity shop was Crossroads by Tracy Chapman. For the last few months all I have wanted to do is listen to Crossroads by Tracy Chapman even though I can't really remember anything about it. Similarly I gave my copy of Maria McKee's first album to a friend several years ago and constantly regret it. I don't suffer buyer's remorse. I suffer donators remorse.


But you can easily listen to Crossroads and Maria McKee any time of the day or night...only about 4 clicks away..


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 25, 2022, 02:31:15 PM

 

And just to prove I'm not there yet, I'm about to open the Iain Matthews 'Rockburgh Years' CD set that just dropped through the door...


And I've just come back from Liverpool with a CSN 8-track and a Paul Kantner album I didn't even know exists.  You'll probably see them at the Record Fair one of these days  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on March 25, 2022, 02:39:51 PM





which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Madness indeed.  Less is always more.  I'm moving closer and closer to stopping buying music and culling my collection by about 75%.


My wife would be very happy if I did that.  ;D  Not sure I'm there yet, though...  I do buy more music as downloads these days, though.
 

And just to prove I'm not there yet, I'm about to open the Iain Matthews 'Rockburgh Years' CD set that just dropped through the door...


Mine came today but I've been back to bed to recover from a sleepless night


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on March 25, 2022, 02:47:31 PM
I've been listening to a lot of Beatles this past week. It's amazing how much I change my mind over what's the best etc. One thing I haven't changed my mind on, though, is 'Revolution 9'. A real piece of self indulgent tripe - sorry to all who love it. But on the subject of the Fab 4, until I saw the 'Get Back' film recently, I had always thought that the girl's name in 'Get Back' was Lorretta Molly. I'd been 50-odd years under a misapprehension. I still say Molly when I sing along with it.  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 25, 2022, 03:26:52 PM



which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Madness indeed.  Less is always more.  I'm moving closer and closer to stopping buying music and culling my collection by about 75%.
Any prog going?  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 25, 2022, 03:27:11 PM





which if I'm being completely honest I've probably only listened to once.


You say that like it's unusual. That's the case with about half of my entire collection. Madness.

Jules


Madness indeed.  Less is always more.  I'm moving closer and closer to stopping buying music and culling my collection by about 75%.


 :o :o I just can't. I fear that at some point there may be a particular track which is the exact thing that I wnat to listen to at that partcular moment and I will no longer have it! I did do a bit of rationalisation a couple of years ago and amongst the albums I think I donated to a chrity shop was Crossroads by Tracy Chapman. For the last few months all I have wanted to do is listen to Crossroads by Tracy Chapman even though I can't really remember anything about it. Similarly I gave my copy of Maria McKee's first album to a friend several years ago and constantly regret it. I don't suffer buyer's remorse. I suffer donators remorse.


But you can easily listen to Crossroads and Maria McKee any time of the day or night...only about 4 clicks away..


It is not the same. It doesn't feel legitimate unless I own it and who is to say that it will always be possible? Artists remove stuff from streaming sites all the time. Not everything is on them anyway (After The Fire, who I was listening to the other day being a case in point. Cherry Red really do need to do a complete albums box for them but that is another story) and what happens if they go out of business or there is some sort of technical meltdown that makes them unavailable. No no no, it is unthinkable. I have to have everything where I know where I can get at it at all times even if in reality I will never listen to it again.  ;D ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 25, 2022, 03:32:58 PM

I've been listening to a lot of Beatles this past week. It's amazing how much I change my mind over what's the best etc. One thing I haven't changed my mind on, though, is 'Revolution 9'. A real piece of self indulgent tripe - sorry to all who love it. But on the subject of the Fab 4, until I saw the 'Get Back' film recently, I had always thought that the girl's name in 'Get Back' was Lorretta Molly. I'd been 50-odd years under a misapprehension. I still say Molly when I sing along with it.  ;D


I wouldn't say I love it and tend to skip it when I play the White Album but I gave it a few listens for the first time in years when the big box set came out a few years ago and if you are in the right mood it is extraordinarily dense, detailed and involving. It sort of makes more sense as an adjunct to the extraordinary long version of Revolution 1 from which it develops. You can see their thinking, even if part of their thinking was "let's do this behind Macca's back to piss him off".  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 25, 2022, 03:44:23 PM



It is not the same. It doesn't feel legitimate unless I own it and who is to say that it will always be possible? Artists remove stuff from streaming sites all the time. Not everything is on them anyway (After The Fire, who I was listening to the other day being a case in point. Cherry Red really do need to do a complete albums box for them but that is another story) and what happens if they go out of business or there is some sort of technical meltdown that makes them unavailable. No no no, it is unthinkable. I have to have everything where I know where I can get at it at all times even if in reality I will never listen to it again.  ;D ;D


Which is why one digitise all ones CDs....surely?   :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 25, 2022, 03:52:08 PM




It is not the same. It doesn't feel legitimate unless I own it and who is to say that it will always be possible? Artists remove stuff from streaming sites all the time. Not everything is on them anyway (After The Fire, who I was listening to the other day being a case in point. Cherry Red really do need to do a complete albums box for them but that is another story) and what happens if they go out of business or there is some sort of technical meltdown that makes them unavailable. No no no, it is unthinkable. I have to have everything where I know where I can get at it at all times even if in reality I will never listen to it again.  ;D ;D


Which is why one digitise all ones CDs....surely?   :)


Yes I do that but you have to have the CD in the first place and I don't believe in getting rid of the CDs and just keeping the digital files. That doesn't feel right. Also I do find that I have to re-rip CDs from time to time because files have corrupted or some such.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on March 25, 2022, 05:43:02 PM

Which is why one digitise all ones CDs....surely?   :)


Can't be arsed with all that.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 26, 2022, 08:26:24 AM


Which is why one digitise all ones CDs....surely?   :)


Can't be arsed with all that.

Jules


I know - 6 mins of one's life one will never get back, eh?   ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on March 26, 2022, 10:45:42 AM

I know - 6 mins of one's life one will never get back, eh?   ;)


It wouldn't be 6 minutes if you were starting from scratch now, would it?

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 26, 2022, 02:06:25 PM


I know - 6 mins of one's life one will never get back, eh?   ;)


It wouldn't be 6 minutes if you were starting from scratch now, would it?

Jules


Which is why I only do it if I sell something (or I particularly want something to listen to in that way)... I've just sold a rare TC&I (XTC) live CD on eBay for £60 I think.  I just digitise it as part and parcel of the whole packing and posting routine.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on March 27, 2022, 02:26:19 AM


I know - 6 mins of one's life one will never get back, eh?   ;)


It wouldn't be 6 minutes if you were starting from scratch now, would it?

Jules
It took me 2 years to digitise about 3,000 CDs.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on March 27, 2022, 09:39:29 AM

Small Faces - Live 1966

This week I received my autographed LP and CD from Kenney Jones. It is an amazing snapshot of mid-sixties British R&B/Punk. The recording quality is so-so (drums and bass are mixed down and lack clarity), but Mac's keys and especially Steve's voice are crystal clear. The girls scream between songs, but are mercifully quiet while the music is playing.

Steve Marriott fans must own this. There's a case to be made that he was the finest white R&B singer of his generation, and this recording is further evidence. His voice was a gift from God. This is just loads of fun and I'm so happy Kenney put it out in the world.


I still think Steve Marriott is the greatest singer I've ever seen by some distance.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on March 27, 2022, 11:53:19 AM


Small Faces - Live 1966

This week I received my autographed LP and CD from Kenney Jones. It is an amazing snapshot of mid-sixties British R&B/Punk. The recording quality is so-so (drums and bass are mixed down and lack clarity), but Mac's keys and especially Steve's voice are crystal clear. The girls scream between songs, but are mercifully quiet while the music is playing.

Steve Marriott fans must own this. There's a case to be made that he was the finest white R&B singer of his generation, and this recording is further evidence. His voice was a gift from God. This is just loads of fun and I'm so happy Kenney put it out in the world.


I still think Steve Marriott is the greatest singer I've ever seen by some distance.


One of the few that I regret not seeing. The first album I ever bought was Small Faces on Immediate. Still play their stuff regularly especially Ogdens. I only ever saw Macca.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 28, 2022, 09:18:44 AM


Small Faces - Live 1966

This week I received my autographed LP and CD from Kenney Jones. It is an amazing snapshot of mid-sixties British R&B/Punk. The recording quality is so-so (drums and bass are mixed down and lack clarity), but Mac's keys and especially Steve's voice are crystal clear. The girls scream between songs, but are mercifully quiet while the music is playing.

Steve Marriott fans must own this. There's a case to be made that he was the finest white R&B singer of his generation, and this recording is further evidence. His voice was a gift from God. This is just loads of fun and I'm so happy Kenney put it out in the world.


I still think Steve Marriott is the greatest singer I've ever seen by some distance.


I saw Humble Pie in 1974 or 75. His stage presence was immense for a smaller man. We young guys admired him so much.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 28, 2022, 09:24:18 AM
Claire Hammil  :  October  (Renaissance Records  LP, 2021).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Goaty on March 28, 2022, 09:35:29 AM
Meet On The Ledge.

RIP Adrian.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on March 28, 2022, 10:31:02 AM





It is not the same. It doesn't feel legitimate unless I own it and who is to say that it will always be possible? Artists remove stuff from streaming sites all the time. Not everything is on them anyway (After The Fire, who I was listening to the other day being a case in point. Cherry Red really do need to do a complete albums box for them but that is another story) and what happens if they go out of business or there is some sort of technical meltdown that makes them unavailable. No no no, it is unthinkable. I have to have everything where I know where I can get at it at all times even if in reality I will never listen to it again.  ;D ;D


Which is why one digitise all ones CDs....surely?   :)


Yes I do that but you have to have the CD in the first place and I don't believe in getting rid of the CDs and just keeping the digital files. That doesn't feel right. Also I do find that I have to re-rip CDs from time to time because files have corrupted or some such.


With you on all that.

Back on track, listening to the (young) Albions Fighting Room EP and The Vice Of The People album. Sorry I never saw them (I think FC missed a trick in not getting them to Cropredy while they were going), and that they didn't stick around a bit longer.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 28, 2022, 01:15:12 PM



Back on track, listening to the (young) Albions Fighting Room EP and The Vice Of The People album. Sorry I never saw them (I think FC missed a trick in not getting them to Cropredy while they were going), and that they didn't stick around a bit longer.


I saw them, twice I think. Certainly at The Old Market in Brighton and possibly at the GBFF in Skegness. Did they play there? Anyway, they were terrific live and Coalville remains one of my favourite tracks of the 21st century.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on March 28, 2022, 01:44:35 PM




Back on track, listening to the (young) Albions Fighting Room EP and The Vice Of The People album. Sorry I never saw them (I think FC missed a trick in not getting them to Cropredy while they were going), and that they didn't stick around a bit longer.


I saw them, twice I think. Certainly at The Old Market in Brighton and possibly at the GBFF in Skegness. Did they play there? Anyway, they were terrific live and Coalville remains one of my favourite tracks of the 21st century.


They were great at Skeggy. Not what you'd call polished but certainly all the more enjoyable for it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on March 28, 2022, 01:46:57 PM
The new Anais Mitchell . fabulous, if a tad short. If you like Rosie Thomas you'll love this.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on March 29, 2022, 07:47:28 PM
The new Hanging Stars album Hollow Heart, very much living up to expectations.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 01, 2022, 09:37:42 AM
Soft Machine  :  Paradiso  '69 (Ltd. edition Tonefloat  LP, 2021).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on April 03, 2022, 10:42:19 AM
The Coral - Coral Island, on bright yellow vinyl. It’s as good as everyone says it is.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on April 03, 2022, 05:41:24 PM
Spending the afternoon catching up on some recent releases -

The Asteroid No 4 - Tones of the Sparrow. A really superb piece of modern psychedelia, up there with their best.

Ryan Adams - Chris. Ryan's new album, only available on streaming and crappy mp3 download at present. This really deserves a physical release or at the very least a higher res download as for me it's the best thing he's done in years. A very pleasant surprise.

Midlake - For the Sake of Bethel Woods. For some reason I just can't connect with this. Have liked everything they've done previously but I'm really struggling to get too excited about this.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on April 06, 2022, 10:47:43 AM
The Grammys winner Los Lobos album Native Sons.

It was a lockdown covers project consisting of LA bands who inspired them in their early days. It includes two Buffalo Springfield songs and Farmer John which I know from the Neil Young & Crazy Horse version. Good album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 06, 2022, 12:54:45 PM

The Grammys winner Los Lobos album Native Sons.

It was a lockdown covers project consisting of LA bands who inspired them in their early days. It includes two Buffalo Springfield songs and Farmer John which I know from the Neil Young & Crazy Horse version. Good album.


The best version of Farmer John I know was by The Searchers. Neil made a right mess of it imo. But the rest of that album (Ragged Glory) is wonderful.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 06, 2022, 02:28:23 PM


The Grammys winner Los Lobos album Native Sons.

It was a lockdown covers project consisting of LA bands who inspired them in their early days. It includes two Buffalo Springfield songs and Farmer John which I know from the Neil Young & Crazy Horse version. Good album.


The best version of Farmer John I know was by The Searchers. Neil made a right mess of it imo. But the rest of that album (Ragged Glory) is wonderful.

Jules
The Searchers continued to make fine albums long after their successful years.
Currently listening to Bennett Wilson Poole.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 06, 2022, 04:16:00 PM

The Searchers continued to make fine albums long after their successful years.


I've tried many of them, but nothing comes close to the Pye Records era for me. Too many attempts to fit in with contemporary sounds on the later albums, which often come off sounding a bit, well, cheesy.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on April 07, 2022, 11:01:28 PM
Pink Floyd - Hey Hey rise up featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox
It's all over the interweb
It's Gilmour, Mason and Guy Pratt with Not on Sawney on keys and a recording Andriy made of the Ukranian folk/protest song from WW1 in Kiev.

https://youtu.be/saEpkcVi1d4


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 08, 2022, 09:08:29 AM
Roxy Music  :   For your Pleasure (Virgin Remastered CD, 1999).

This is the last really good Roxy Music album, imo. Marvellous debut with the self titled, and then this jewel.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on April 08, 2022, 09:46:58 AM

Roxy Music  :   For your Pleasure (Virgin Remastered CD, 1999).

This is the last really good Roxy Music album, imo. Marvellous debut with the self titled, and then this jewel.


Stranded, man...come on  ;) ;D

Here I'm listening to the somewhat erratic tribute album More Oar.  Skippy's last released recording is included in it as a 'hidden track'.  I've always loved it (bass from Jack Casady) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGTwxtyzIw


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on April 08, 2022, 11:09:51 AM
Scottish folksters Manran's latest album Urar.

New member Kim Carnie adds some very pleasant vocals and the review in RnR mag described the contrast in the track Crow Flies as being as if Fairport followed Dirty Linen with Fotheringay. Not sure about that. I'll have to give it another listen.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 08, 2022, 03:53:40 PM
All week I have been listening to an extended playlist of my favourite tracks of the 21st century to date. The music is great but I am a little disappointed in myself that less than 20 percent of these tunes were made by artists who were not already active during the previous century.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 08, 2022, 05:23:21 PM


Roxy Music  :   For your Pleasure (Virgin Remastered CD, 1999).

This is the last really good Roxy Music album, imo. Marvellous debut with the self titled, and then this jewel.


Stranded, man...come on  ;) ;D

Here I'm listening to the somewhat erratic tribute album More Oar.  Skippy's last released recording is included in it as a 'hidden track'.  I've always loved it (bass from Jack Casady) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGTwxtyzIw


I dig Stranded - played it just the other day.

And I love Diesel Park's West's interpretation of All Come to Meet Her from More Oar. Transcendent!

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 08, 2022, 05:35:23 PM


And I love Diesel Park West

Jules

You could just stop there. Great band, especially the first album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 08, 2022, 06:49:54 PM



And I love Diesel Park West

You could just stop there. Great band, especially the first album.


Well, it would help if I'd ever heard anything else by them. What's my gateway track?

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 08, 2022, 07:23:59 PM




And I love Diesel Park West

You could just stop there. Great band, especially the first album.


Well, it would help if I'd ever heard anything else by them. What's my gateway track?

Jules


I guess it would have to be All The Myths On Sunday for me but almost anything from the debut album or the great B sides compilation Flipped will give you a feel.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 08, 2022, 08:50:02 PM





And I love Diesel Park West

You could just stop there. Great band, especially the first album.


Well, it would help if I'd ever heard anything else by them. What's my gateway track?

Jules


I guess it would have to be All The Myths On Sunday for me but almost anything from the debut album or the great B sides compilation Flipped will give you a feel.
They turned up as a late replacement at the first GBFF, playing mainly West Coast covers and were excellent.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 08, 2022, 10:59:52 PM

I guess it would have to be All The Myths On Sunday


That title rings a bell. Was it a minor hit?

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 08, 2022, 11:01:09 PM

They turned up as a late replacement at the first GBFF, playing mainly West Coast covers and were excellent.


I've heard that they have a whole second career doing that and that they're great at it.

What is GBFF?

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 08, 2022, 11:14:19 PM


I guess it would have to be All The Myths On Sunday


That title rings a bell. Was it a minor hit?

Jules


Number 66 with a bullet!  ;D

I think it got quite a lot of airplay at the time though.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on April 09, 2022, 06:46:33 AM
"with a bullet"... reminds me to have a listen to the Mothers' Fillmore 71 album. Which might then tempt me to go for the new box of said shows. Damn!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 09, 2022, 09:35:59 AM


They turned up as a late replacement at the first GBFF, playing mainly West Coast covers and were excellent.


I've heard that they have a whole second career doing that and that they're great at it.

What is GBFF?

Jules


Great British Folk Festival, though why on earth the Diesels would have been there I can't imagine. They are not remotely folk.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 09, 2022, 10:11:05 AM

Great British Folk Festival, though why on earth the Diesels would have been there I can't imagine. They are not remotely folk.


Well that's also the case with many acts prforming at many "folk" festivals.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 09, 2022, 01:17:51 PM



They turned up as a late replacement at the first GBFF, playing mainly West Coast covers and were excellent.


I've heard that they have a whole second career doing that and that they're great at it.

What is GBFF?

Jules




Great British Folk Festival, though why on earth the Diesels would have been there I can't imagine. They are not remotely folk.


It was the year several bands wouldnt travel due to the weather. I think that they came from somewhere quite close, Leicester?, and were a last minute replacement . I heard at the time that Rod Clements had dug himself out of 6 ft of snow to get there! It probably has a lot to do with agents as well.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on April 11, 2022, 09:47:02 AM
Care of Bandcamp, listening to the new album from Envy of None (Alex Lifeson's new band).  Quite pleasant electronic pop, and as was flagged up ahead of time, nothing like Rush. Nice way to pass some time, but I don't think I'll be investing.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 12, 2022, 08:26:45 AM
Rab Noakes  :  Bridging the Gaps (Neon records 2CD,  2017).

Although I know of him,  his music is totally new to me. I was gifted this 2CD set, along with one other RN disc.  His voice isn't unlike Alan Hull's (Lindisfarne) and the songs are good, without being overwhelming.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on April 12, 2022, 09:36:33 AM

His voice isn't unlike Alan Hull's (Lindisfarne) and the songs are good, without being overwhelming.


I'm not entirely convinced, Alan, that marketing is your true vocation...  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on April 12, 2022, 10:21:19 AM
The new album by Stuart Anthony and Larry Beckett - Mirabeau Bridge

https://stuartanthonyuk.bandcamp.com/album/mirabeau-bridge



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on April 12, 2022, 12:08:50 PM
It was the year several bands wouldnt travel due to the weather. I think that they came from somewhere quite close, Leicester?, and were a last minute replacement . I heard at the time that Rod Clements had dug himself out of 6 ft of snow to get there! It probably has a lot to do with agents as well.


Spot on Nick, they're a Leicester band. Were originally The Psychedelic Filberts, after Leicester City's old ground at Filbert Street, but maybe understandably EMI insisted on a name change after signing them.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: sliprigilio (Al) on April 12, 2022, 03:58:58 PM

"with a bullet"... reminds me to have a listen to the Mothers' Fillmore 71 album. Which might then tempt me to go for the new box of said shows. Damn!


Watch out for the Mud Shark though Paul....

Cheers,

Slippy 8)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 12, 2022, 05:45:03 PM


"with a bullet"... reminds me to have a listen to the Mothers' Fillmore 71 album. Which might then tempt me to go for the new box of said shows. Damn!


Watch out for the Mud Shark though Paul....

Cheers,

Slippy 8)


But that's the part that gets me the hottest....

I'm trying REALLY hard NOT to buy that set, but I fear I am not that strong.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 13, 2022, 12:34:50 PM


His voice isn't unlike Alan Hull's (Lindisfarne) and the songs are good, without being overwhelming.


I'm not entirely convinced, Alan, that marketing is your true vocation...  ;) ;D


 ;D ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on April 13, 2022, 04:42:11 PM
Megson's covers album Unknown Waters.

They chose songwriters from the NE so there are songs originally done by the likes of Lindisfarne, Martin Stephenson, Jez Lowe and even a version of Chris Rea's Road to Hell which they describe as one of their favourite post-gig singalongs.  :)



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on April 14, 2022, 05:07:34 PM
Some classic rock this afternoon -

Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
The Animals - Best of
Bad Company (debut)
Black Oak Arkansas - Best of

I first got into BOA when a friend gave me their album X-Rated, for my 21st as I remember, though there are no tracks from that album on the Best of. One of their drummers Tommy Aldridge went on to play with Ozzy and Whitesnake.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 14, 2022, 05:33:21 PM
Having a vinyl afternoon.

Live At Woodstock - The Butterfield Blues Band
Aja - Steely Dan
Reckless - Bryan Adams

The last of these I probably haven't played for 35 years. It was a big record when I was at college, partly because of Bryan's Reading connections, Reading being where I studied. Soon afterwards I became entirely too snobbish about music and started to regard Bryan's oeuvre as silly. But listening now, it has far less pretensions than I did at the time. And Bryan has always seemed like a decent chap. I am rather enjoying it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: blagden on April 14, 2022, 07:56:03 PM

Some classic rock this afternoon -

Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
The Animals - Best of
Bad Company (debut)
Black Oak Arkansas - Best of

I first got into BOA when a friend gave me their album X-Rated, for my 21st as I remember, though there are no tracks from that album on the Best of. One of their drummers Tommy Aldridge went on to play with Ozzy and Whitesnake.



The first two Bad Company albums are two of the best albums produced by any British rock band (IMHO), certainly two I listen to more than most.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 14, 2022, 08:10:55 PM


Some classic rock this afternoon -

Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
The Animals - Best of
Bad Company (debut)
Black Oak Arkansas - Best of

I first got into BOA when a friend gave me their album X-Rated, for my 21st as I remember, though there are no tracks from that album on the Best of. One of their drummers Tommy Aldridge went on to play with Ozzy and Whitesnake.



The first two Bad Company albums are two of the best albums produced by any British rock band (IMHO), certainly two I listen to more than most.
Both were brilliant albums but they were followed by some shockers.

It's The Men They Couldn't Hang Here.
Swill's Godforsaken Voyage and Ghosts of Rock n Roll
Cush - Shun Fame
Currently watching The Bounty Hunter DVD


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: blagden on April 14, 2022, 08:22:33 PM
Christy Moore's Traveller, Christy's electronica / techno album - disliked it immensely when I bought it and 23 years have not changed my thoughts - where's that Heart Foundation bag?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 15, 2022, 09:29:41 AM
Gentle Giant  :  Gentle Giant  (Alucard LP,  2020).

I love the GG Vertigo albums.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on April 15, 2022, 10:54:46 AM

Having a vinyl afternoon.

Live At Woodstock - The Butterfield Blues Band
Aja - Steely Dan
Reckless - Bryan Adams

The last of these I probably haven't played for 35 years. It was a big record when I was at college, partly because of Bryan's Reading connections, Reading being where I studied. Soon afterwards I became entirely too snobbish about music and started to regard Bryan's oeuvre as silly. But listening now, it has far less pretensions than I did at the time. And Bryan has always seemed like a decent chap. I am rather enjoying it.


As a former Reading resident, I didn't know Bryan Adams had any Reading connections. Do tell...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 15, 2022, 04:24:40 PM


Having a vinyl afternoon.

Live At Woodstock - The Butterfield Blues Band
Aja - Steely Dan
Reckless - Bryan Adams

The last of these I probably haven't played for 35 years. It was a big record when I was at college, partly because of Bryan's Reading connections, Reading being where I studied. Soon afterwards I became entirely too snobbish about music and started to regard Bryan's oeuvre as silly. But listening now, it has far less pretensions than I did at the time. And Bryan has always seemed like a decent chap. I am rather enjoying it.


As a former Reading resident, I didn't know Bryan Adams had any Reading connections. Do tell...


He lived in the town in the late 60s. It is also where, to paraphrase the song, he got his first real six string. Though he obviously didn't buy it at the five and dime.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on April 16, 2022, 09:41:48 PM



Having a vinyl afternoon.

Live At Woodstock - The Butterfield Blues Band
Aja - Steely Dan
Reckless - Bryan Adams

The last of these I probably haven't played for 35 years. It was a big record when I was at college, partly because of Bryan's Reading connections, Reading being where I studied. Soon afterwards I became entirely too snobbish about music and started to regard Bryan's oeuvre as silly. But listening now, it has far less pretensions than I did at the time. And Bryan has always seemed like a decent chap. I am rather enjoying it.


As a former Reading resident, I didn't know Bryan Adams had any Reading connections. Do tell...


He lived in the town in the late 60s. It is also where, to paraphrase the song, he got his first real six string. Though he obviously didn't buy it at the five and dime.


Well I never...  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 20, 2022, 10:05:37 AM
Grateful Dead  : Europe  '72, volume 2  (WB 4LP, 2011).

Marathon listen and record change which I dont do very often. Worthit, mind.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on April 20, 2022, 02:56:53 PM
Prompted by a discussion elsewhere, Marillion's Script For A Jester's Tear and Misplaced Childhood.

To be shortly followed by Selling England By The Pound.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 21, 2022, 12:49:43 PM

Grateful Dead  : Europe  '72, volume 2  (WB 4LP, 2011).

Marathon listen and record change which I dont do very often. Worthit, mind.

Nice CD free with new Mojo, GD Live 1971-1978 . 10 live staples from different live releases. Truckin, Bertha, Wharf Rat, UJB, etc.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 21, 2022, 03:58:47 PM


Grateful Dead  : Europe  '72, volume 2  (WB 4LP, 2011).

Marathon listen and record change which I dont do very often. Worthit, mind.

Nice CD free with new Mojo, GD Live 1971-1978 . 10 live staples from different live releases. Truckin, Bertha, Wharf Rat, UJB, etc.


Oh thanks for telling me about that...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on April 21, 2022, 04:57:32 PM


Some classic rock this afternoon -

Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
The Animals - Best of
Bad Company (debut)
Black Oak Arkansas - Best of

I first got into BOA when a friend gave me their album X-Rated, for my 21st as I remember, though there are no tracks from that album on the Best of. One of their drummers Tommy Aldridge went on to play with Ozzy and Whitesnake.



The first two Bad Company albums are two of the best albums produced by any British rock band (IMHO), certainly two I listen to more than most.


Bad Company would be a great fit for Cropredy.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 21, 2022, 05:09:49 PM



Some classic rock this afternoon -

Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
The Animals - Best of
Bad Company (debut)
Black Oak Arkansas - Best of

I first got into BOA when a friend gave me their album X-Rated, for my 21st as I remember, though there are no tracks from that album on the Best of. One of their drummers Tommy Aldridge went on to play with Ozzy and Whitesnake.



The first two Bad Company albums are two of the best albums produced by any British rock band (IMHO), certainly two I listen to more than most.


Bad Company would be a great fit for Cropredy.
Sadly no Ralpher now and Boz is long gone.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on April 21, 2022, 06:59:30 PM




Some classic rock this afternoon -

Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
The Animals - Best of
Bad Company (debut)
Black Oak Arkansas - Best of

I first got into BOA when a friend gave me their album X-Rated, for my 21st as I remember, though there are no tracks from that album on the Best of. One of their drummers Tommy Aldridge went on to play with Ozzy and Whitesnake.



The first two Bad Company albums are two of the best albums produced by any British rock band (IMHO), certainly two I listen to more than most.


Bad Company would be a great fit for Cropredy.
Sadly no Ralpher now and Boz is long gone.


Paul and Simon are carrying on rather splendidly, with their ace-in-the-hole Howard Leese in tow. I'm glad I got to see them with Mick twice before his illness, but I have enjoyed them since as well. Never saw Boz. :( All four played Dallas and Houston circa 1999-2000 but I didn't go, for some reason.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on April 21, 2022, 07:42:02 PM

Paul and Simon are carrying on rather splendidly, with their ace-in-the-hole Howard Leese in tow. I'm glad I got to see them with Mick twice before his illness, but I have enjoyed them since as well. Never saw Boz. :( All four played Dallas and Houston circa 1999-2000 but I didn't go, for some reason.


I've only seen them once and that was back in '87 supporting Deep Purple. I'd seen Paul Rodgers a couple of years earlier with The Firm.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 21, 2022, 08:47:16 PM





Some classic rock this afternoon -

Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
The Animals - Best of
Bad Company (debut)
Black Oak Arkansas - Best of

I first got into BOA when a friend gave me their album X-Rated, for my 21st as I remember, though there are no tracks from that album on the Best of. One of their drummers Tommy Aldridge went on to play with Ozzy and Whitesnake.



The first two Bad Company albums are two of the best albums produced by any British rock band (IMHO), certainly two I listen to more than most.


Bad Company would be a great fit for Cropredy.
Sadly no Ralpher now and Boz is long gone.

XD
Paul and Simon are carrying on rather splendidly, with their ace-in-the-hole Howard Leese in tow. I'm glad I got to see them with Mick twice before his illness, but I have enjoyed them since as well. Never saw Boz. :( All four played Dallas and Houston circa 1999-2000 but I didn't go, for some reason.
I saw the originals at the time of the first album. The last time I saw Mick was the last but one Mott reunion and he didn't look great.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on April 21, 2022, 11:59:06 PM
Wind Up In Dallas - Jethro Tull (unofficial release, recorded July 2, 1971). Mrs. J From A was at this concert; she recalls leaving her seat and strolling about the venue during an "interminable" flute solo.

Although it's a rough recording, I'm rather enjoying it.  :) And IA's voice is fantastic.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on April 22, 2022, 01:28:47 PM





Some classic rock this afternoon -

Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
The Animals - Best of
Bad Company (debut)
Black Oak Arkansas - Best of

I first got into BOA when a friend gave me their album X-Rated, for my 21st as I remember, though there are no tracks from that album on the Best of. One of their drummers Tommy Aldridge went on to play with Ozzy and Whitesnake.



The first two Bad Company albums are two of the best albums produced by any British rock band (IMHO), certainly two I listen to more than most.


Bad Company would be a great fit for Cropredy.
Sadly no Ralpher now and Boz is long gone.


Paul and Simon are carrying on rather splendidly, with their ace-in-the-hole Howard Leese in tow. I'm glad I got to see them with Mick twice before his illness, but I have enjoyed them since as well. Never saw Boz. :( All four played Dallas and Houston circa 1999-2000 but I didn't go, for some reason.


Howard Leese's solo record from a decade or so ago is splendid.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on May 04, 2022, 07:19:50 PM
Listening to...

The Specials, Ghost Town
Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit
Rage Against The Machine, Wake Up

Son has his Grade 6 Drums exam coming up...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on May 04, 2022, 11:08:27 PM
Wot, no Rush?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on May 05, 2022, 09:23:05 AM

Wot, no Rush?


The Spirit of Radio is in the Grade 8 syllabus...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on May 05, 2022, 09:40:49 AM
James Taylor - Mud Slide Slim, CSNY - De Ja Vue, The Band 'Best Of'

Lovely


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on May 06, 2022, 03:40:31 PM
Currently listening to the rather wonderful 5 disc set “Think I’m Going Weird : Original Artefacts From The British Psychedelic Scene 1966 - 1968”


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 07, 2022, 10:24:55 AM
Ian A. Anderson  :  Royal York Crescent   (Bonfire records LP,  Record Store Day, 2022).

The one that got away. This didn't appear on any RSD list I've seen. It's a bona fide release licensed by Cherry Red.  One of, i think, 3 IAA solo albums from the 70s.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on May 08, 2022, 11:19:16 AM
Pie and Vinyl (Yes, they really do sell pies and records!) in Southsea came up trumps and managed to track down the Record Store Day release by Pearls Before Swine “The Exaltation of Tom Rapp” which I was unable to obtain on the day.
Considering it is made up of demos, the production isn’t bad at all, including an excellent version of my favourite PBS song “The Jeweler”


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 08, 2022, 11:23:52 PM
Pie and Vinyl sounds like my kind of shop!  :D

I'm working through the night here so entertaining myself with Mr Fripp including this stunning piece of stunningness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laKt80x0E4k and in the small wee hours it'll be Porcupine Tree.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on May 09, 2022, 10:42:42 AM

Pie and Vinyl sounds like my kind of shop!  :D

I'm working through the night here so entertaining myself with Mr Fripp including this stunning piece of stunningness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laKt80x0E4k and in the small wee hours it'll be Porcupine Tree.


There's only one song for the Small Hours , either Katie Spencer's cover , or John Martyn's original outdoor with the geese ...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on May 10, 2022, 09:10:05 AM
The 40th anniversary release of Rush's Moving Pictures arrived yesterday.  I've only listened to the remaster (from 2015, but released on CD for the first time) of the original album so far, and to this inexpert ears it does sound a bit better than the original.  Still have the 2 hours of the Toronto concert from 1981 to listen to - reviews say it is better than Exit... Stage Left (much of which was recorded two days later in Montreal), so we'll see...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 10, 2022, 01:14:09 PM


Pie and Vinyl sounds like my kind of shop!  :D

I'm working through the night here so entertaining myself with Mr Fripp including this stunning piece of stunningness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laKt80x0E4k and in the small wee hours it'll be Porcupine Tree.


There's only one song for the Small Hours , either Katie Spencer's cover , or John Martyn's original outdoor with the geese ...
That would have definitely sent me to sleep! I could have done with it at 5.30am when I finished tho - I was as bright as a button by then  :-\


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 10, 2022, 02:28:35 PM
Sparks - Past Tense - a 3 disc anthology of hits and key tracks from pop's answer to Gilbert and George. The recent material is particularly good. Genre-defying, intelligent, witty, inventive music, and the most fun I've had for £13 in living memory.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on May 11, 2022, 09:20:20 AM
I've not thought about Sparks for a long long time , I had a friend who got into them and constantly played  me "Kimono" "Propoganda" and "Indiscreet" circa 1975/6
Not sure whether to just relive old times with those 3 titles or to go to the triple CD compilation that Jules' mentioned

That's what I love about this site , offbeat recommendations , for old and new stuff all worthy of investigation !


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on May 11, 2022, 11:23:44 AM
Graham Nash Live. Excellent. After loving the early CSNY recordings I turned away during the mid period but realised my mistake 20 odd years ago. A much undervalued performer .


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on May 11, 2022, 12:00:02 PM

Graham Nash Live. Excellent. After loving the early CSNY recordings I turned away during the mid period but realised my mistake 20 odd years ago. A much undervalued performer .


Musically, I think I was guilty of underrating Graham's prime era material, but that was easy to do when he was in the company of CS&Y.  There is, however, an arrogance to the man that I find really difficult to warm to, as much as I am desperate to.  At times it touches on the almost Donovanesque!  I'm not sure if 1986's Innocent Eyes counts as "mid period", but that is hideous.  I bought that on the same day as Landing on Water.  My 19 year old self wept bitter little 80's keyboard tears that night, I can tell ya...  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on May 11, 2022, 12:56:28 PM


Graham Nash Live. Excellent. After loving the early CSNY recordings I turned away during the mid period but realised my mistake 20 odd years ago. A much undervalued performer .


  At times it touches on the almost Donovanesque!  ;D


Nothing, absolutely nothing could match the drivel that comes out of his mouth in between such great songs.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 11, 2022, 01:11:29 PM

There is, however, an arrogance to the man that I find really difficult to warm to


Absolutely this. Same here.

Quote
I'm not sure if 1986's Innocent Eyes counts as "mid period", but that is hideous.  I bought that on the same day as Landing on Water.  My 19 year old self wept bitter little 80's keyboard tears that night, I can tell ya...  ;) ;D


 ;D ;D ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 11, 2022, 01:14:42 PM

I've not thought about Sparks for a long long time , I had a friend who got into them and constantly played  me "Kimono" "Propoganda" and "Indiscreet" circa 1975/6
Not sure whether to just relive old times with those 3 titles or to go to the triple CD compilation that Jules mentioned


I say get the 3 CD set (it's such a bargain) and then get any individual albums you still yearn for afterwards. Apart from anything else, it's a genuine treat to hear their recent stuff which I reckon is even better than their 70s stuff overall (although "This Town..." probably remains their single greatest achievement).

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 11, 2022, 04:47:54 PM


I've not thought about Sparks for a long long time , I had a friend who got into them and constantly played  me "Kimono" "Propoganda" and "Indiscreet" circa 1975/6
Not sure whether to just relive old times with those 3 titles or to go to the triple CD compilation that Jules mentioned


I say get the 3 CD set (it's such a bargain) and then get any individual albums you still yearn for afterwards. Apart from anything else, it's a genuine treat to hear their recent stuff which I reckon is even better than their 70s stuff overall (although "This Town..." probably remains their single greatest achievement).

Jules
Oh you lot  >:( I've only gone and bought the 3-CD set   :-X  :-X

You're a bad influence  ::)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 11, 2022, 05:22:08 PM

Oh you lot  >:( I've only gone and bought the 3-CD set   :-X  :-X

You're a bad influence  ::)


Yay! Prepare for lots of fun!

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on May 11, 2022, 06:38:33 PM


Oh you lot  >:( I've only gone and bought the 3-CD set   :-X  :-X

You're a bad influence  ::)


Yay! Prepare for lots of fun!

Jules


Me too , are you on commission , probably not at 12.99 a throw
Came on here looking for feedback on the 2 x Sandy releases on RSD2022 , ordered a Sparks compilation  instead , that's TAW !


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 11, 2022, 09:44:33 PM

Came on here looking for feedback on the 2 x Sandy releases on RSD2022, ordered a Sparks compilation instead, that's TAW!


 ;D ;D ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 11, 2022, 10:38:16 PM


Came on here looking for feedback on the 2 x Sandy releases on RSD2022, ordered a Sparks compilation instead, that's TAW!


 ;D ;D ;D

Jules
I don’t know why I don’t already own anything by them, not even a single. It’s possible that it’s because around about the time they were charting, I was given a cassette recorder & I used to tape everything I wanted to listen to, so often didn’t bother buying the single. And I couldn’t afford albums until I started working in 1978.

One of the best bits about TAW!  :D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 12, 2022, 12:16:59 PM
Revisiting the 3CD set Lesley Step Lightly,  which comprises 3 Lesley Duncan albums.  

All good, but Moon Bathing (1975) stands out.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on May 12, 2022, 04:26:01 PM

Revisiting the 3CD set Lesley Step Lightly,  which comprises 3 Lesley Duncan albums.  

All good, but Moon Bathing (1975) stands out.
Brilliant and the other compilation of the earlier stuff is even better. An exceptional singer and songwriter. Her appearance on TOP was a classic, when she tried and failed to keep Elton John and Rod Stewart in check.




Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 12, 2022, 07:18:18 PM

I don’t know why I don’t already own anything by them, not even a single.


It was the same with me, Bridge. Glad to have righted my wrong, albeit tardily.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on May 12, 2022, 11:04:41 PM

Sparks - Past Tense - a 3 disc anthology of hits and key tracks from pop's answer to Gilbert and George. The recent material is particularly good. Genre-defying, intelligent, witty, inventive music, and the most fun I've had for £13 in living memory.

Jules


Spooky, I bought that last week, it is utterly fabulous


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 13, 2022, 09:02:35 AM


Revisiting the 3CD set Lesley Step Lightly,  which comprises 3 Lesley Duncan albums.  

All good, but Moon Bathing (1975) stands out.
Brilliant and the other compilation of the earlier stuff is even better. An exceptional singer and songwriter. Her appearance on TOP was a classic, when she tried and failed to keep Elton John and Rod Stewart in check.





I wish I'd seen that.

Thinking of getting the other double but I already have EarthMother as a CD..

Sad she left us rather early.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 16, 2022, 08:52:26 AM
Came across an interesting version of 'Matty Groves' on my copy of Joan Baez : Ballad Book, last night. Sorry I can't do the link but it's there on youtube-  live version.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on May 16, 2022, 10:21:34 AM

Sparks - Past Tense - a 3 disc anthology of hits and key tracks from pop's answer to Gilbert and George. The recent material is particularly good. Genre-defying, intelligent, witty, inventive music, and the most fun I've had for £13 in living memory.

Jules


now purchased


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 16, 2022, 03:54:54 PM


Sparks - Past Tense - a 3 disc anthology of hits and key tracks from pop's answer to Gilbert and George. The recent material is particularly good. Genre-defying, intelligent, witty, inventive music, and the most fun I've had for £13 in living memory.


now purchased


I appear to have started a thing!   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 16, 2022, 03:56:25 PM



Sparks - Past Tense - a 3 disc anthology of hits and key tracks from pop's answer to Gilbert and George. The recent material is particularly good. Genre-defying, intelligent, witty, inventive music, and the most fun I've had for £13 in living memory.


now purchased


I appear to have started a thing!   ;D

Jules
You trendsetter, you!  8)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on May 16, 2022, 04:42:19 PM
This board is big enough for the both of yerz!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 16, 2022, 09:23:28 PM

This board is big enough for the both of yerz!


*stares into the camera lens sporting "unfashionable" moustache*

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 17, 2022, 07:22:21 AM
Apparently, there is a problem with my package and the delivery of my Sparks CD has been cancelled   ???

So I’ve bought it from iTunes

Will be listening to it today  :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 17, 2022, 04:30:33 PM

Apparently, there is a problem with my package and the delivery of my Sparks CD has been cancelled   ???


I hate getting those messages.  See the Magpie Music thread for more of these shenanigans.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 17, 2022, 09:38:35 PM


Apparently, there is a problem with my package and the delivery of my Sparks CD has been cancelled   ???


I hate getting those messages.  See the Magpie Music thread for more of these shenanigans.

Jules
Yes, I saw. Never had it happen to me before tho  >:(


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 17, 2022, 10:01:03 PM

Apparently, there is a problem with my package and the delivery of my Sparks CD has been cancelled   ???

So I’ve bought it from iTunes

Will be listening to it today  :)


Was this Amazon? I have had this happen a couple of times but I don't think there is anything sinister in it. The price of the product on the site hasn't change. It usually seems to happen when the package is damaged or lost en route. Why they don't just send a replacement I have no idea.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 17, 2022, 10:20:36 PM

Why they don't just send a replacement I have no idea.


It's so obviously the answer that it hurts.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 18, 2022, 09:23:08 AM


Apparently, there is a problem with my package and the delivery of my Sparks CD has been cancelled   ???

So I’ve bought it from iTunes

Will be listening to it today  :)


Was this Amazon? I have had this happen a couple of times but I don't think there is anything sinister in it. The price of the product on the site hasn't change. It usually seems to happen when the package is damaged or lost en route. Why they don't just send a replacement I have no idea.
Yes, Amazon. Anyway they've lost a sale!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on May 20, 2022, 01:30:02 PM
Johnny Cash-Strawberry Cake. A live album recorded at the London Palladium in 1975. Title track notwithstanding, I like this album a lot. The band, and in particular Bob Wooten on guitar were really strong. Wooten absolutely smoking on Big River and Rock Island Line. Also unlike other live albums from this period by Johnny, he sounded really good. Probably as a result of the pills he would stumble on words, but on these tracks he is sharp. Two other interesting things about this one- 1, Lonnie Donegan was in the audience and gets a shoutout. 2, its the only live album I know that gets interrupted by the theater manager calling a halt halfway through due to a suspicious package phone call.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 20, 2022, 03:18:03 PM

Johnny Cash-Strawberry Cake. A live album recorded at the London Palladium in 1975. Title track notwithstanding, I like this album a lot. The band, and in particular Bob Wooten on guitar were really strong. Wooten absolutely smoking on Big River and Rock Island Line. Also unlike other live albums from this period by Johnny, he sounded really good. Probably as a result of the pills he would stumble on words, but on these tracks he is sharp.


Probably naive of me, but I thought Johnny was off the pills by 1975.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on May 20, 2022, 03:37:42 PM


Johnny Cash-Strawberry Cake. A live album recorded at the London Palladium in 1975. Title track notwithstanding, I like this album a lot. The band, and in particular Bob Wooten on guitar were really strong. Wooten absolutely smoking on Big River and Rock Island Line. Also unlike other live albums from this period by Johnny, he sounded really good. Probably as a result of the pills he would stumble on words, but on these tracks he is sharp.


Probably naive of me, but I thought Johnny was off the pills by 1975.

Jules


If you haven’t read Robert Hilburn’s excellent bio of Johnny I’d recommend it. Hilburn dispels a lot of the popular legend, and him ever  being off the pills for long periods is one of them. He did go back and forth with them for years, as related by his family and bandmates.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 20, 2022, 03:46:59 PM
A mere thirty something years after becoming a Fairport fan I have finally decided to explore some of Swarb's work outside the band. I have been somewhat put off before by the fact that I am not really that fond of trad folk and also to some extent by Swarb's personality in later years which seemed to become somewhat misanthropic.

Anyway, I have already owned Smiddyburn & Flittin' for some years. I am now exploring Swarbrick and Swarbrick 2. I have Alive & Kicking (Swarb's Lazarus) and English Fiddler on order and I am considering Lift The Lid & Listen and The Ceilidh Album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on May 20, 2022, 05:32:15 PM
English Fiddler is very good. I haven't got either of the other two you are looking at, but Raison d'etre is also recommended by these ears.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on May 20, 2022, 05:43:11 PM
Lift The Lid and Ceilidh are more like Swarbrick 1 and 2, and less like Smiddyburn. English Fiddler is very good indeed! I like all his solo stuff, with the exception of Live At Jackson’s Lane. Never really warmed to that one


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 20, 2022, 10:33:39 PM

If you haven’t read Robert Hilburn’s excellent bio of Johnny I’d recommend it. Hilburn dispels a lot of the popular legend, and him ever  being off the pills for long periods is one of them. He did go back and forth with them for years, as related by his family and bandmates.


Interesting. Thanks, Rob

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on May 20, 2022, 10:34:50 PM

A mere thirty something years after becoming a Fairport fan I have finally decided to explore some of Swarb's work outside the band. I have been somewhat put off before by the fact that I am not really that fond of trad folk and also to some extent by Swarb's personality in later years which seemed to become somewhat misanthropic.

Anyway, I have already owned Smiddyburn & Flittin' for some years. I am now exploring Swarbrick and Swarbrick 2. I have Alive & Kicking (Swarb's Lazarus) and English Fiddler on order and I am considering Lift The Lid & Listen and The Ceilidh Album.


The Free Reed Swarb! box has lots of great moments.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on May 21, 2022, 08:36:11 AM


A mere thirty something years after becoming a Fairport fan I have finally decided to explore some of Swarb's work outside the band. I have been somewhat put off before by the fact that I am not really that fond of trad folk and also to some extent by Swarb's personality in later years which seemed to become somewhat misanthropic.

Anyway, I have already owned Smiddyburn & Flittin' for some years. I am now exploring Swarbrick and Swarbrick 2. I have Alive & Kicking (Swarb's Lazarus) and English Fiddler on order and I am considering Lift The Lid & Listen and The Ceilidh Album.


The Free Reed Swarb! box has lots of great moments.

Jules


Including 2 photos of me!!  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 21, 2022, 09:11:02 AM
Bert Jansch  :  Edge of a Dream  (Earth  Records, gold coloured vinyl LP,  2020).

A very good later BJ album,  originally released 2002.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 21, 2022, 09:38:55 AM



A mere thirty something years after becoming a Fairport fan I have finally decided to explore some of Swarb's work outside the band. I have been somewhat put off before by the fact that I am not really that fond of trad folk and also to some extent by Swarb's personality in later years which seemed to become somewhat misanthropic.

Anyway, I have already owned Smiddyburn & Flittin' for some years. I am now exploring Swarbrick and Swarbrick 2. I have Alive & Kicking (Swarb's Lazarus) and English Fiddler on order and I am considering Lift The Lid & Listen and The Ceilidh Album.


The Free Reed Swarb! box has lots of great moments.

Jules


Including 2 photos of me!!  ;D


One to avoid then.  ;) My picture was in a Fairport tour programme once.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on May 21, 2022, 10:56:02 AM

Bert Jansch  :  Edge of a Dream  (Earth  Records, gold coloured vinyl LP,  2020).

A very good later BJ album,  originally released 2002.


One of my favourites. A really good mix of guests on the album ranging from Hope Sandoval to Swarb.

 8)

I was listening to Karine Polwart's Laws of Motion album last night having missed the chance to see her last weekend as we were away. It includes 3 songs co-written with Martin Green so if you're a fan of Lau it's worth a listen.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on May 21, 2022, 06:51:03 PM
Picked up the new Edgar Winters' album in my local HMV today. It's a tribute to his brother and guests range from Billy Gibbons to Keb Mo to Ringo Starr.

I don't often buy blues rock albums these days but I'm on track 5 and it is sounding good.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 22, 2022, 11:12:31 AM


Bert Jansch  :  Edge of a Dream  (Earth  Records, gold coloured vinyl LP,  2020).

A very good later BJ album,  originally released 2002.


One of my favourites. A really good mix of guests on the album ranging from Hope Sandoval to Swarb.

 8)

I was listening to Karine Polwart's Laws of Motion album last night having missed the chance to see her last weekend as we were away. It includes 3 songs co-written with Martin Green so if you're a fan of Lau it's worth a listen.



Yes, Bert's albums rarely if ever dropped in quality, though I've never been overly keen on Crimson Moon, which also has some guest appearances.

Mark Radcliffe played a Katie Polwart track this week and I was quite taken with it, not being familiar with her work.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 22, 2022, 11:14:11 AM
Jonathan Kelly  :   Twice Around the Houses  (RCA LP, 1972, reissue).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on May 22, 2022, 11:15:44 AM

Jonathan Kelly  :   Twice Around the Houses  (RCA LP, 1972, reissue).



Another excellent choice. Delightful man, much missed.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on May 22, 2022, 01:53:44 PM


Mark Radcliffe played a Katie Polwart track this week and I was quite taken with it, not being familiar with her work.


Karine's latest album is a bit different as she was joined by pianist Dave Milligan whereas most of her other recent releases featured her brother Stephen on guitars and Inge Thomson on accordion and percussion.

I've got most of her albums but I think I've only seen her once in concert. She's one of these people I seem to keep missing.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 22, 2022, 04:12:03 PM


Jonathan Kelly  :   Twice Around the Houses  (RCA LP, 1972, reissue).



Another excellent choice. Delightful man, much missed.


Very much so.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 22, 2022, 09:54:20 PM

Picked up the new Edgar Winters' album in my local HMV today. It's a tribute to his brother and guests range from Billy Gibbons to Keb Mo to Ringo Starr.

I don't often buy blues rock albums these days but I'm on track 5 and it is sounding good.


It is rather good, isn't it?  :D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on May 23, 2022, 08:51:36 AM
Jonathan Kelly  :   Outside/Two Days in Winter (BGO 2CD, 2004).

Rare Bird  :  Epic Forest  (el CD, 2004).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 27, 2022, 03:37:58 PM
A Very Unusual Head - The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. Finally released in the UK six months after the US release.

and

On Arrival - Daphne's Flight which took me by surprise as I didn't think it was out yet and  which has alredy been rendered something of a curio by Christine Collister's departure from the band (replaced by Melanie Sykes who is not on the album).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on May 30, 2022, 11:18:16 AM
Steeleye Span Live at the Rainbow 1974 from the new boxset.  The Wife of Usher's Well from this concert has been available ever since Original Masters (my introduction to Steeleye), but now the whole concert - well an hour and 10 minutes so maybe not all of it - is finally available.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on May 30, 2022, 11:23:23 AM

Steeleye Span Live at the Rainbow 1974 from the new boxset.  The Wife of Usher's Well from this concert has been available ever since Original Masters (my introduction to Steeleye), but now the whole concert - well an hour and 10 minutes so maybe not all of it - is finally available.


What's the sound like?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on May 31, 2022, 11:49:05 AM
My box set arrived yesterday. I haven't had a chance to listen yet, but I'm really looking forward to getting reacquainted with these albums and hearing the extra  live ones too


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on May 31, 2022, 12:30:35 PM


Steeleye Span Live at the Rainbow 1974 from the new boxset.  The Wife of Usher's Well from this concert has been available ever since Original Masters (my introduction to Steeleye), but now the whole concert - well an hour and 10 minutes so maybe not all of it - is finally available.


What's the sound like?


Really good, actually, to my (probably fairly unsophisticated) ears.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 03, 2022, 02:58:44 PM
Camel self titled and Stationary Traveller, Oldfield Ommadawn. All on vinyl.

Then Current 93 : Earth Covers Earth (Durto  CD).  This last as it's good to have some roughage in my listening diet. Not for the fainthearted.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 03, 2022, 03:09:18 PM
Currently involved in a Twitter thing about albums from 2015, so have been listening to tracks from:

Robert Pollard - Faulty Superheroes
The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Circus Devils - Stomping Grounds
The Waterboys - Modern Blues
The Staves - If I Was
Tame Impala - Currents
Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on June 03, 2022, 03:43:59 PM
The Steeleye box
Belle and Sebastian - A Bit of Previous
Wilco - Cruel Country  

All excellent and will be returned to.

Still to come the newbies from Drive By Truckers, Tedeschi Trucks and Nell Bryden.  Gawd knows how I could fit in the Al Stewart box.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on June 03, 2022, 08:49:07 PM
The new Katie Spencer album - The Edge of the Land.

I've been in touch with her on Twitter and am hoping she'll be able to come over this way to play a gig sometime.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Brendan on June 03, 2022, 10:34:43 PM
Ayanna Witter-Johnson - Road runner, this album is great, not just a novelty act with amazing technical ability playing the cello, someone who has an amazing voice and understanding and explores genre bounderies and knows how to create unique songs with real proficiency at all the genres that are explored and how they can be combined. I recently saw her live at more music - morecombe and her performance was spellbinding.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on June 04, 2022, 12:27:35 AM

The new Katie Spencer album - The Edge of the Land.

I've been in touch with her on Twitter and am hoping she'll be able to come over this way to play a gig sometime.



Saw her at the LP launch in May , she is great live , her John Martyn covers are brilliant , but some of her own compositions will make them seem an unnecessary distraction , soon , not yet , but soon


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 09, 2022, 10:46:33 AM
Graham Collier - Hamburg 1968.  Jazztastic.  Highly recommended...

https://britishprogressivejazz.com/album/hamburg-1968


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 09, 2022, 12:23:56 PM

Graham Collier - Hamburg 1968.  Jazztastic.  Highly recommended...

https://britishprogressivejazz.com/album/hamburg-1968


I like Graham Collier. And there's some good stuff on the Jazz in Britain label.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 10, 2022, 08:45:09 AM
Mick Softley  :  Sunrise/Street Singer   BGO 2CD, 2005).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on June 10, 2022, 05:58:24 PM
The Dream Syndicate - Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions. Out today. After the experimental last album this is more akin to what we've grown to expect from them. The four albums they've done since getting back together have all been excellent but this is the best so far, wonderful stuff.

Hanterhir - Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest - There is No One to Trust. Like a cult B-movie soundtracked by 90s Julian Cope fronting late 70s Hawkwind according to RnR Magazine. Well maybe, but still a welcome return after a four year gap since their last.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on June 14, 2022, 09:08:38 AM
The Al Stewart Box has just arrived, I may be some time...........


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 14, 2022, 10:03:51 AM

The Al Stewart Box has just arrived, I may be some time...........
 Be sure to let us know how it goes  ;D

Here, it's Stephen Wilson, all the albums back-to-back. Currently being awed by he guitar solo at the end of the Drive Home on "The Raven That Refused To Sing". Got a proper prog head on today  8)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on June 14, 2022, 11:23:36 AM

The Al Stewart Box has just arrived, I may be some time...........


I'd've loved to be able to go for that, but I couldn't afford it.  If I win the lottery... (but I suppose you have to buy a ticket to do that :D)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on June 14, 2022, 11:25:44 AM


Steeleye Span Live at the Rainbow 1974 from the new boxset.  The Wife of Usher's Well from this concert has been available ever since Original Masters (my introduction to Steeleye), but now the whole concert - well an hour and 10 minutes so maybe not all of it - is finally available.


What's the sound like?


Having listened to it all now, I'd say the sound is excellent - the new remixes are clear and good. The Rainbow concert (74) is actually better than the 76 Boston one, I'd say - I think it was professionally recorded while the other was a radio broadcast.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 17, 2022, 11:08:39 AM
New Owl Service.  Lovely, lovely, lovely...  :)

https://www.fpg.org.uk/exhibition/english-country-music/?fbclid=IwAR3-5pq-YQ__UP9CWYDkif7O-1ql0sLioVgH4jnS2DWV6Q2hfWvcDxFXoj8


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 17, 2022, 01:14:45 PM

New Owl Service.  Lovely, lovely, lovely...  :)

https://www.fpg.org.uk/exhibition/english-country-music/?fbclid=IwAR3-5pq-YQ__UP9CWYDkif7O-1ql0sLioVgH4jnS2DWV6Q2hfWvcDxFXoj8


Is that you, Mr Kinnock?   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on June 18, 2022, 12:41:52 PM
Paul McCartney on the occasion of his 80th birthday. I remember when he was sixty four.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on June 18, 2022, 07:10:54 PM

Paul McCartney on the occasion of his 80th birthday. I remember when he was sixty four.


Likewise. I'm giving the Wingspan compilation a listen. One of the first albums I bought on cassette was Wings Greatest Hits but that tape went the way of so many. I think I've still got the free poster that came with the album but having bought it on tape I had to send off for it.
 
Have you heard Sean Lennon's cover of "Here, There and Everywhere" which he's recorded for Paul's birthday? It's on FB at - https://www.facebook.com/seanlennon


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on June 18, 2022, 07:28:06 PM
Fairport 's Festival Bell album.

The lines in the title track that refer to "all the acts and all the music" being somehow incorporated into the bell sets the neck hairs on end. .. To think that the band, the festival, and in some small way most, if not all of us, could be remembered years from now brings a warmth to my heart. Bravo, Chris Leslie!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: blagden on June 18, 2022, 08:22:23 PM
On a week away from home with no television discovered the excellent Iain Anderson show on Radio Scotland - I apologise for the delay.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: blagden on June 18, 2022, 08:44:53 PM
   ... the new Mojo CD Break It Up! New York Art, Rock, Poetry and Noise 1956 - 2022 is rather splendid as well.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 19, 2022, 07:42:07 AM

   ... the new Mojo CD Break It Up! New York Art, Rock, Poetry and Noise 1956 - 2022 is rather splendid as well.


Ooooh.  That sounds rather intriguing.  I'll check that out.  Ta!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 19, 2022, 10:20:32 AM
Iceberg - Deke Leonard


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 20, 2022, 09:09:47 AM
Elton John :  Madman Across the Water, Anniversary Edition

 (UMC  4LP boxed set).

I could have put this on the Reissues of Interest thread, but as I've been listening to it most of this week,  it's as well here.

This is and has been my favourite EJ album for a long time. It was also one of the first proper pop records I bought, a very long time ago. It shows just what Elton and Bernie were capable of at the beginning of a very long career. It's not perfect, it takes risks, and sometimes those risks only just pay off.  Everyone knows 'Tiny Dancer',  if only from that film.  'Holiday Inn' is equally catchy. The title track and 'Indian Sunset ' still make me catch my breath after all of these years. And you don't often hear string arrangements like you do on this album.

I hesitated buying it, at the £100 +  price, but I'm so glad I did.

BTW, the bonus material is well worth having. Some piano demos and some great BBC stuff, all fine quality.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on June 20, 2022, 09:25:26 AM
Just finished listening to Damian Wilson's Limehouse to Lechlade album, which is rather fine, and one I shall be coming back to again, I'm sure.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 20, 2022, 12:34:51 PM
Back to basics this morning for a relaxing sunny morning in the garden.

Greatest Hits - The Move
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Greatest Hits - Manfred Mann


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on June 20, 2022, 06:32:56 PM
I recently purchased what we used to call a music centre back in the day, the main difference with this box being that it has a Bluetooth connection. But it's good to have a functioning tape player again so today I've been listening to the following albums on cassette...

Crosby Stills & Nash - CSN (it's 45 years since it was released)
CSN&Y - So Far
Baker Gurvitz Army - Elysian Encounter



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 20, 2022, 07:13:13 PM

I recently purchased what we used to call a music centre back in the day, the main difference with this box being that it has a Bluetooth connection. But it's good to have a functioning tape player again so today I've been listening to the following albums on cassette...

Crosby Stills & Nash - CSN (it's 45 years since it was released)
CSN&Y - So Far
Baker Gurvitz Army - Elysian Encounter




As a fellow member of the People's Cassette Liberation Army (North Western Brigade), I thoroughly endorse this development.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on June 20, 2022, 08:14:06 PM


I recently purchased what we used to call a music centre back in the day, the main difference with this box being that it has a Bluetooth connection. But it's good to have a functioning tape player again so today I've been listening to the following albums on cassette...

Crosby Stills & Nash - CSN (it's 45 years since it was released)
CSN&Y - So Far
Baker Gurvitz Army - Elysian Encounter




As a fellow member of the People's Cassette Liberation Army (North Western Brigade), I thoroughly endorse this development.
I thought it was The Cassette Liberation Army of the People


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 20, 2022, 08:28:47 PM



I recently purchased what we used to call a music centre back in the day, the main difference with this box being that it has a Bluetooth connection. But it's good to have a functioning tape player again so today I've been listening to the following albums on cassette...

Crosby Stills & Nash - CSN (it's 45 years since it was released)
CSN&Y - So Far
Baker Gurvitz Army - Elysian Encounter




As a fellow member of the People's Cassette Liberation Army (North Western Brigade), I thoroughly endorse this development.
I thought it was The Cassette Liberation Army of the People


What have cassettes ever done for us?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on June 20, 2022, 09:56:17 PM
Cassettes and Music Centres
You'll be telling me there's a vinyl renaissance next with picture discs and coloured vinyl
I'd better dig out Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love LP to get up to date with you youngsters
Stranger things indeed!



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 21, 2022, 02:29:26 PM
Drama - Yes

Every so often I renew my 45 year long quest to find a Yes album that I like as much as Going For The One (which to date is the only one of their albums that I really enjoy).

I am quite enjoying this one but I am a bit shocked by how much Trevor Horn's vocals are aping John Anderson rather than injecting his own personality. An error of judgement I think. Into The Lens is very good but  then I already knew that from the Buggles' version.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 21, 2022, 03:20:17 PM

Drama - Yes

Every so often I renew my 45 year long quest to find a Yes album that I like as much as Going For The One (which to date is the only one of their albums that I really enjoy).

I am quite enjoying this one but I am a bit shocked by how much Trevor Horn's vocals are aping John Anderson rather than injecting his own personality. An error of judgement I think. Into The Lens is very good but  then I already knew that from the Buggles' version.


Drama is awful. Tales from Topographic Oceans is the one!   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 21, 2022, 03:22:26 PM


Drama - Yes

Every so often I renew my 45 year long quest to find a Yes album that I like as much as Going For The One (which to date is the only one of their albums that I really enjoy).

I am quite enjoying this one but I am a bit shocked by how much Trevor Horn's vocals are aping John Anderson rather than injecting his own personality. An error of judgement I think. Into The Lens is very good but  then I already knew that from the Buggles' version.


Drama is awful. Tales from Topographic Oceans is the one!   ;D

Jules


I heard TFTO some time in the late 70s. I have never felt the need to hear it again.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on June 21, 2022, 03:38:23 PM



Drama - Yes

Every so often I renew my 45 year long quest to find a Yes album that I like as much as Going For The One (which to date is the only one of their albums that I really enjoy).

I am quite enjoying this one but I am a bit shocked by how much Trevor Horn's vocals are aping John Anderson rather than injecting his own personality. An error of judgement I think. Into The Lens is very good but  then I already knew that from the Buggles' version.


Drama is awful. Tales from Topographic Oceans is the one!   ;D

Jules


I heard TFTO some time in the late 70s. I have never felt the need to hear it again.


The Yes Album, then Fragile, then 90125. :) I own but never listen to any other Yes. :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 21, 2022, 03:44:20 PM
Yes without Jon singing is kind of ridiculous, isn't it?  Or not ridiculous enough?  Or something anyway, but nah...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 21, 2022, 03:46:47 PM

Yes without Jon singing is kind of ridiculous, isn't it?  Or not ridiculous enough?  Or something anyway, but nah...


Jon is nearly everything that was good about Yes. Without him, it's a deal breaker.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 21, 2022, 03:48:13 PM

The Yes Album, then Fragile, then 90125. :) I own but never listen to any other Yes. :)


Can't go near 90125. It has the dreaded 80s disease.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 21, 2022, 03:52:53 PM


The Yes Album, then Fragile, then 90125. :) I own but never listen to any other Yes. :)


Can't go near 90125. It has the dreaded 80s disease.

Jules


I disagree there...I think it's a corking album.  Yes, massively dated now, but one of the few of that era that stands the test of time for me...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 21, 2022, 03:53:53 PM


The Yes Album, then Fragile, then 90125. :) I own but never listen to any other Yes. :)


Can't go near 90125. It has the dreaded 80s disease.

Jules


Funnily enough I have just given it a first listen and quite liked it, though I do see where you are coming from

Correctly deployed, I have always enjoyed some of those Trevor Horn kitchen sink productions. I liked the Art of Noise from the moment I heard them and there are elements of their sound on 90125.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on June 21, 2022, 05:06:14 PM



The Yes Album, then Fragile, then 90125. :) I own but never listen to any other Yes. :)


Can't go near 90125. It has the dreaded 80s disease.

Jules


Funnily enough I have just given it a first listen and quite liked it, though I do see where you are coming from

Correctly deployed, I have always enjoyed some of those Trevor Horn kitchen sink productions. I liked the Art of Noise from the moment I heard them and there are elements of their sound on 90125.

Another shout here for 90125 - Alan White (RIP) plays a blinder on it, the sound is diamond hard and the Trevors Horn and Rabin bring a musical cutting edge to the proceedings. I'm slightly biased as Yes are one of my desert island bands - their current output's a bit ropey, but they have enough in the bank to ensure my lifelong devotion.  ;D

As for the Art Of Noise connection, apparently their track Close (To The Edit) is named in homage to Yes epic Close To The Edge, as it uses one of Alan White's discarded drum tracks from the 90125 sessions.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Brendan on June 21, 2022, 05:12:35 PM
Been listening to Dorothy Ashby the jazz harpist, quite lovely melodic jazz. But considering the contribution of Fred Wess on flute which often has equal prominence on the track, I wonder wether the Harp novelty and female musician at the time was Made more of a selling point. But great music all the same. Definitely more than a jazz novelty.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 21, 2022, 05:20:32 PM




The Yes Album, then Fragile, then 90125. :) I own but never listen to any other Yes. :)


Can't go near 90125. It has the dreaded 80s disease.

Jules


Funnily enough I have just given it a first listen and quite liked it, though I do see where you are coming from

Correctly deployed, I have always enjoyed some of those Trevor Horn kitchen sink productions. I liked the Art of Noise from the moment I heard them and there are elements of their sound on 90125.

Another shout here for 90125 - Alan White (RIP) plays a blinder on it, the sound is diamond hard and the Trevors Horn and Rabin bring a musical cutting edge to the proceedings. I'm slightly biased as Yes are one of my desert island bands - their current output's a bit ropey, but they have enough in the bank to ensure my lifelong devotion.  ;D

As for the Art Of Noise connection, apparently their track Close (To The Edit) is named in homage to Yes epic Close To The Edge, as it uses one of Alan White's discarded drum tracks from the 90125 sessions.


Gosh my memory is becoming very fallible. I could have sworn Close (To The Edit) came out much earlier than 1986. I now realise that where I first heard that distinctive Trevor Horn production approach was on Buffalo Gals and the parent album Duck Rock by Malcolm McLaren in 1982. I really loved that single at the time. Still do.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on June 21, 2022, 05:35:24 PM

What have cassettes ever done for us?


Made us buy albums twice when the tape got mangled. Those double play tapes were the worst. Buying the White Album on tape was a mistake but I then found it on vinyl with the photos of the four of them plus a lyric sheet so a blessing in disguise, or something. I also bought Sgt Pepper on tape in the early 80s and then got the 20th anniversary release which was one of the first cds I bought.

Back on topic I was listening to Nick Keir's The Edge of Night earlier.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on June 21, 2022, 08:44:15 PM


What have cassettes ever done for us?


Made us buy albums twice when the tape got mangled. Those double play tapes were the worst. Buying the White Album on tape was a mistake but I then found it on vinyl with the photos of the four of them plus a lyric sheet so a blessing in disguise, or something. I also bought Sgt Pepper on tape in the early 80s and then got the 20th anniversary release which was one of the first cds I bought.


And don't forget roads. And the aquaduct.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 22, 2022, 09:23:36 AM

Drama - Yes

Every so often I renew my 45 year long quest to find a Yes album that I like as much as Going For The One (which to date is the only one of their albums that I really enjoy).

I am quite enjoying this one but I am a bit shocked by how much Trevor Horn's vocals are aping John Anderson rather than injecting his own personality. An error of judgement I think. Into The Lens is very good but  then I already knew that from the Buggles' version.


No disrespect Al, as we all like what we like, but I rather like Drama, even though the vocalist sounds like Jon Anderson, not necessarily in a good way. Drama, I think, is my cut off point with Yes. I like GFTO because Rick Wakeman is on it, though it's a good album anyway.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on June 22, 2022, 10:23:12 AM


Drama - Yes

Every so often I renew my 45 year long quest to find a Yes album that I like as much as Going For The One (which to date is the only one of their albums that I really enjoy).

I am quite enjoying this one but I am a bit shocked by how much Trevor Horn's vocals are aping John Anderson rather than injecting his own personality. An error of judgement I think. Into The Lens is very good but  then I already knew that from the Buggles' version.


No disrespect Al, as we all like what we like, but I rather like Drama, even though the vocalist sounds like Jon Anderson, not necessarily in a good way. Drama, I think, is my cut off point with Yes. I like GFTO because Rick Wakeman is on it, though it's a good album anyway.


I don't dislike '70s Yes but I rarely have a yearning to listen to anything pre-Drama. Love the Rabin years, in particular.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 22, 2022, 11:39:54 AM

I don't dislike '70s Yes but I rarely have a yearning to listen to anything pre-Drama. Love the Rabin years, in particular.


I sometimes think that Wayne is a photograph of me that someone took and then printed as a negative image.   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 22, 2022, 11:57:27 AM


I don't dislike '70s Yes but I rarely have a yearning to listen to anything pre-Drama. Love the Rabin years, in particular.


I sometimes think that Wayne is a photograph of me that someone took and then printed as a negative image.   ;D

Jules


Apropos of nothing, I met someone who said they never listened to any pre-85 Fairport once.  "It wasn't for me" they told me sagely.  We can only conclude that here are many different types of people in this world....


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on June 22, 2022, 12:17:30 PM


I don't dislike '70s Yes but I rarely have a yearning to listen to anything pre-Drama. Love the Rabin years, in particular.


I sometimes think that Wayne is a photograph of me that someone took and then printed as a negative image.   ;D

Jules


 ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on June 22, 2022, 01:10:03 PM



I don't dislike '70s Yes but I rarely have a yearning to listen to anything pre-Drama. Love the Rabin years, in particular.


I sometimes think that Wayne is a photograph of me that someone took and then printed as a negative image.   ;D

Jules


Apropos of nothing, I met someone who said they never listened to any pre-85 Fairport once.  "It wasn't for me" they told me sagely.  We can only conclude that here are many different types of people in this world....

A number of people have told me they don't listen to any post-85 Fairport.

In particular, this one bloke who told me "I don't like that Rick (sic) Saunders (sic)."  :D :D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 22, 2022, 03:41:04 PM
Katie Spencer - The Edge of the Land  

Can't get enough of this brilliant album.  She manages to sound both timeless and up to the minute at the same time.  There really isn't a bad moment on the 39 mins and 20 secs, which let's face it is precisely how long all albums should last.


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Post by: Alan2 on June 22, 2022, 03:44:55 PM




I don't dislike '70s Yes but I rarely have a yearning to listen to anything pre-Drama. Love the Rabin years, in particular.




I sometimes think that Wayne is a photograph of me that someone took and then printed as a negative image.   ;D

Jules


Apropos of nothing, I met someone who said they never listened to any pre-85 Fairport once.  "It wasn't for me" they told me sagely.  We can only conclude that here are many different types of people in this world....

A number of people have told me they don't listen to any post-85 Fairport.

In particular, this one bloke who told me "I don't like that Rick (sic) Saunders (sic)."  :D :D


I think the most recent Fairport album i have is In  Real Time. I'm happy that way.


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Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 22, 2022, 03:47:43 PM
A lovely day listening to Yes, as prompted by the discussion below (my threads go backwards, I can't change it I'd get confused!  ;D )

I like Drama very much.


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Post by: davidmjs on June 22, 2022, 03:51:43 PM





I don't dislike '70s Yes but I rarely have a yearning to listen to anything pre-Drama. Love the Rabin years, in particular.




I sometimes think that Wayne is a photograph of me that someone took and then printed as a negative image.   ;D

Jules


Apropos of nothing, I met someone who said they never listened to any pre-85 Fairport once.  "It wasn't for me" they told me sagely.  We can only conclude that here are many different types of people in this world....

A number of people have told me they don't listen to any post-85 Fairport.

In particular, this one bloke who told me "I don't like that Rick (sic) Saunders (sic)."  :D :D


I think the most recent Fairport album i have is In  Real Time. I'm happy that way.


That bit in MotL where they hold the beat off for a second or whatever?  Eurgh.  I go to war with it every time I hear it....  It's just so very very wrong.


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Post by: Nick Reg on June 22, 2022, 04:35:52 PM

Katie Spencer - The Edge of the Land  

Can't get enough of this brilliant album.  She manages to sound both timeless and up to the minute at the same time.  There really isn't a bad moment on the 39 mins and 20 secs, which let's face it is precisely how long all albums should last.

I dont listen to anything that lasts less than 39 minutes.  ;D  Spoke to her briefly at Beardy when Keith had waylaid her in his search for Polly Bolton.  ::)


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Post by: Dan O. on June 22, 2022, 06:04:34 PM


Katie Spencer - The Edge of the Land  

Can't get enough of this brilliant album.  She manages to sound both timeless and up to the minute at the same time.  There really isn't a bad moment on the 39 mins and 20 secs, which let's face it is precisely how long all albums should last.

I dont listen to anything that lasts less than 39 minutes.  ;D  Spoke to her briefly at Beardy when Keith had waylaid her in his search for Polly Bolton.  ::)

Another shout here for Katie Spencer - The Edge Of The Land

Saw Katie down here in Portsmouth a few weeks ago - one of those situations where a friend invites you to a gig and you take a chance on an artist you don't know. She was excellent, pity about the "selective" audience, I'd go and see her again.


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Post by: Shane (Skirky) on June 22, 2022, 06:16:05 PM



That bit in MotL where they hold the beat off for a second or whatever?  Eurgh.  I go to war with it every time I hear it....  It's just so very very wrong.


Oh David, you’re so very wrong! 😉 It’s up there with Prefab Sprout’s “Life’s not complete, ‘til your heart’s missed a — beat”. 😄


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Post by: davidmjs on June 22, 2022, 06:41:04 PM



Katie Spencer - The Edge of the Land  

Can't get enough of this brilliant album.  She manages to sound both timeless and up to the minute at the same time.  There really isn't a bad moment on the 39 mins and 20 secs, which let's face it is precisely how long all albums should last.

I dont listen to anything that lasts less than 39 minutes.  ;D  Spoke to her briefly at Beardy when Keith had waylaid her in his search for Polly Bolton.  ::)

Another shout here for Katie Spencer - The Edge Of The Land

Saw Katie down here in Portsmouth a few weeks ago - one of those situations where a friend invites you to a gig and you take a chance on an artist you don't know. She was excellent, pity about the "selective" audience, I'd go and see her again.


Her fella, Henry Parker is bloody good too...I heard him first actually.


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Post by: Peter Allen on June 23, 2022, 10:16:22 AM
Blair Dunlop is a fan of Henry's and Iain Matthews has 2 of Katie's CD's

I like "Edge Of The Land " a lot , but as David says do not underestimate Henry Parker , I think he too has a very bright future , such a good guitar player

Also thought I'd listen to some Roy Harper today not a name you see mentioned on here that often
 "Bullinamingvase"


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Post by: ColinB on June 23, 2022, 11:02:54 AM

Blair Dunlop is a fan of Henry's and Iain Matthews has 2 of Katie's CD's

I like "Edge Of The Land " a lot , but as David says do not underestimate Henry Parker , I think he too has a very bright future , such a good guitar player

Also thought I'd listen to some Roy Harper today not a name you see mentioned on here that often
 "Bullinamingvase"


I bought a copy of Henry's album Lammas Fair having seen it recommended by Katie on her Bandcamp page. Edge... gets a thumbs up from me as well.

I've been listening to a mini-album a friend of mine, Jo Gillot, has just released. It has the title of Untitled (Summer '22).

https://jogillot.bandcamp.com/


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Post by: wayne stote on June 23, 2022, 11:22:23 AM



Katie Spencer - The Edge of the Land  

Can't get enough of this brilliant album.  She manages to sound both timeless and up to the minute at the same time.  There really isn't a bad moment on the 39 mins and 20 secs, which let's face it is precisely how long all albums should last.

I dont listen to anything that lasts less than 39 minutes.  ;D  Spoke to her briefly at Beardy when Keith had waylaid her in his search for Polly Bolton.  ::)

Another shout here for Katie Spencer - The Edge Of The Land

Saw Katie down here in Portsmouth a few weeks ago - one of those situations where a friend invites you to a gig and you take a chance on an artist you don't know. She was excellent, pity about the "selective" audience, I'd go and see her again.


Saw Katie Spencer at the Great British Folk Festival, last November. Not sure whether it was a case of wrong-place-wrong-time but her short set felt like a real slog. There's no doubt she's an excellent guitar player but I wasn't won over by the material, at all.

As I intimated though, festivals are not always the best places to listen to subtle music.





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Post by: davidmjs on June 23, 2022, 11:40:01 AM

Saw Katie Spencer at the Great British Folk Festival, last November. Not sure whether it was a case of wrong-place-wrong-time but her short set felt like a real slog. There's no doubt she's an excellent guitar player but I wasn't won over by the material, at all.


To get back on topic, I'd strongly urge you to listen to the new album then.  If that's not strong material, I don't know what is.

I've just been listening to Steve Jones talking to Glen Matlock on his Jonesey's Jukebox podcast.  A very entertaining way to spend an hour (although their memories really aren't very good)  ;D


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Post by: ColinB on June 23, 2022, 01:22:25 PM
Another long neglected cassette -

EC - Timepieces Vol II  'Live' in the Seventies

Slightly odd choice of title seeing as how most of the tracks were recorded in the early 1980s. I'd forgotten what a good song "If I Don't be There by Morning" is.


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Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 24, 2022, 09:20:53 AM
Today I have a hankering to listen to Lou Reed, Transformer - an absolute masterpiece and a huge influence on my musical taste. Nothing he did afterwards came close IMHO.

OOo Baby you're so vicious!  :D

Will probably stay in the neighbourhood with Mick Ronson, Heaven and Hull, then move a few blocks down to Trevor Bolder-era Uriah Heep with Innocent Victim, Trevor was a one-time member of Wishbone Ash but no idea which of their albums I'll listen to yet.

'bout time Ash was invited back to Cropredy!


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Post by: davidmjs on June 24, 2022, 09:26:09 AM

Today I have a hankering to listen to Lou Reed, Transformer - an absolute masterpiece and a huge influence on my musical taste. Nothing he did afterwards came close IMHO.

OOo Baby you're so vicious!  :D

Will probably stay in the neighbourhood with Mick Ronson, Heaven and Hull, then move a few blocks down to Trevor Bolder-era Uriah Heep with Innocent Victim, Trevor was a one-time member of Wishbone Ash but no idea which of their albums I'll listen to yet.

'bout time Ash was invited back to Cropredy!


I like Wishbone Ash a lot, but I thought they were dull as ditchwater in 2007.  Personally, my tastes align much more closely with Martin Turner's version of the band.


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Post by: Nick Reg on June 24, 2022, 09:54:34 AM


Today I have a hankering to listen to Lou Reed, Transformer - an absolute masterpiece and a huge influence on my musical taste. Nothing he did afterwards came close IMHO.

OOo Baby you're so vicious!  :D

Will probably stay in the neighbourhood with Mick Ronson, Heaven and Hull, then move a few blocks down to Trevor Bolder-era Uriah Heep with Innocent Victim, Trevor was a one-time member of Wishbone Ash but no idea which of their albums I'll listen to yet.

'bout time Ash was invited back to Cropredy!



I like Wishbone Ash a lot, but I thought they were dull as ditchwater in 2007.  Personally, my tastes align much more closely with Martin Turner's version of the band.
I saw them do an acoustic version of Argus about 6 years ago and it was brilliant.


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Post by: davidmjs on June 24, 2022, 10:16:25 AM



Today I have a hankering to listen to Lou Reed, Transformer - an absolute masterpiece and a huge influence on my musical taste. Nothing he did afterwards came close IMHO.

OOo Baby you're so vicious!  :D

Will probably stay in the neighbourhood with Mick Ronson, Heaven and Hull, then move a few blocks down to Trevor Bolder-era Uriah Heep with Innocent Victim, Trevor was a one-time member of Wishbone Ash but no idea which of their albums I'll listen to yet.

'bout time Ash was invited back to Cropredy!



I like Wishbone Ash a lot, but I thought they were dull as ditchwater in 2007.  Personally, my tastes align much more closely with Martin Turner's version of the band.
I saw them do an acoustic version of Argus about 6 years ago and it was brilliant.


Martin's lot?  The Martin Turner re-working of Argus (Argus Through the Looking Glass) is better than the original.  This causes consternation whenever I say it, but it's true  ;) :)


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Post by: garrypbrooks on June 24, 2022, 12:28:54 PM


I saw them do an acoustic version of Argus about 6 years ago and it was brilliant.
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I'll be seeing WA do Argus on their October tour, at Dorking. Never seen them before despite their being a fave band of mine back in the 70s.


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Post by: Nick Reg on June 24, 2022, 12:59:06 PM




Today I have a hankering to listen to Lou Reed, Transformer - an absolute masterpiece and a huge influence on my musical taste. Nothing he did afterwards came close IMHO.

OOo Baby you're so vicious!  :D

Will probably stay in the neighbourhood with Mick Ronson, Heaven and Hull, then move a few blocks down to Trevor Bolder-era Uriah Heep with Innocent Victim, Trevor was a one-time member of Wishbone Ash but no idea which of their albums I'll listen to yet.

'bout time Ash was invited back to Cropredy!



I like Wishbone Ash a lot, but I thought they were dull as ditchwater in 2007.  Personally, my tastes align much more closely with Martin Turner's version of the band.
I saw them do an acoustic version of Argus about 6 years ago and it was brilliant.


Martin's lot?  The Martin Turner re-working of Argus (Argus Through the Looking Glass) is better than the original.  This causes consternation whenever I say it, but it's true  ;) :)
It was Martins lot, the two guitarists were very good but I'd not heard of them. Spanish or Italian I think.


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Post by: wayne stote on June 24, 2022, 01:25:47 PM
Taken David's advice and spent a few hours this morning given Katie Spencer's music a proper listen. It's confirmed the opinion I formed when I saw her live at the GBFF. Well made, certainly, but not to my taste. To damn it with faint praise, it came across as pleasant background music. Oh well, can't like everything, I suppose.

Bought tickets for next January's GBFF, the other day so I've also been listening to the performers in the line-up, I haven't heard. Adam Beattie, The Mathers Robinson Band and Fred's House have been particularly enjoyable. Looks like I'm going to need a decent CD budget.  :)







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Post by: davidmjs on June 24, 2022, 02:03:35 PM





Today I have a hankering to listen to Lou Reed, Transformer - an absolute masterpiece and a huge influence on my musical taste. Nothing he did afterwards came close IMHO.

OOo Baby you're so vicious!  :D

Will probably stay in the neighbourhood with Mick Ronson, Heaven and Hull, then move a few blocks down to Trevor Bolder-era Uriah Heep with Innocent Victim, Trevor was a one-time member of Wishbone Ash but no idea which of their albums I'll listen to yet.

'bout time Ash was invited back to Cropredy!



I like Wishbone Ash a lot, but I thought they were dull as ditchwater in 2007.  Personally, my tastes align much more closely with Martin Turner's version of the band.
I saw them do an acoustic version of Argus about 6 years ago and it was brilliant.


Martin's lot?  The Martin Turner re-working of Argus (Argus Through the Looking Glass) is better than the original.  This causes consternation whenever I say it, but it's true  ;) :)
It was Martins lot, the two guitarists were very good but I'd not heard of them. Spanish or Italian I think.


No it wasn't.  It was Andy Powell's 'proper' Wishbone Ash


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Post by: davidmjs on June 24, 2022, 02:05:02 PM

Taken David's advice and spent a few hours this morning given Katie Spencer's music a proper listen. It's confirmed the opinion I formed when I saw her live at the GBFF. Well made, certainly, but not to my taste. To damn it with faint praise, it came across as pleasant background music. Oh well, can't like everything, I suppose.

Bought tickets for next January's GBFF, the other day so I've also been listening to the performers in the line-up, I haven't heard. Adam Beattie, The Mathers Robinson Band and Fred's House have been particularly enjoyable. Looks like I'm going to need a decent CD budget.  :)


In the same way as Sandy Denny is pleasant background music, I'm guessing?


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Post by: Nick Reg on June 24, 2022, 02:47:14 PM






Today I have a hankering to listen to Lou Reed, Transformer - an absolute masterpiece and a huge influence on my musical taste. Nothing he did afterwards came close IMHO.

OOo Baby you're so vicious!  :D

Will probably stay in the neighbourhood with Mick Ronson, Heaven and Hull, then move a few blocks down to Trevor Bolder-era Uriah Heep with Innocent Victim, Trevor was a one-time member of Wishbone Ash but no idea which of their albums I'll listen to yet.

'bout time Ash was invited back to Cropredy!



I like Wishbone Ash a lot, but I thought they were dull as ditchwater in 2007.  Personally, my tastes align much more closely with Martin Turner's version of the band.
I saw them do an acoustic version of Argus about 6 years ago and it was brilliant.


Martin's lot?  The Martin Turner re-working of Argus (Argus Through the Looking Glass) is better than the original.  This causes consternation whenever I say it, but it's true  ;) :)
It was Martins lot, the two guitarists were very good but I'd not heard of them. Spanish or Italian I think.


No it wasn't.  It was Andy Powell's 'proper' Wishbone Ash


Yes it was. I was referring to the acoustic version I saw . If there were 2 other guitarists one couldnt have been Andy Powell !!


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Post by: davidmjs on June 24, 2022, 02:51:14 PM

Yes it was. I was referring to the acoustic version I saw . If there were 2 other guitarists one couldnt have been Andy Powell !!


Apologies, Nick.  Misunderstanding...I thought you were referring to the Cropredy appearance.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 24, 2022, 10:26:25 PM
It's Hard (40th Anniversary Edition) - The Who

On listening to this today I realised that, not only was it the only Who album I didn't own but I had never actually heard it all the way through before. I now recogise that it is both not as bad but also worse than its reputation.

I'm amazed that they thought Athena would make a good single as it is kind of a mess and One At A Time may be the worst (and most excruciating) thing they ever recorded. There are also some production and performance decisions that don't serve the songs well. The revelation is that all of the four bonus tracks are rather good and their use in place of the originally released versions would improve the album immeasurably. The Roger vocal Eminence Front is splendid and stomps all over Pete's demo quality vocal on the original. Conversely the frail quality of Pete's lead on One Life's Enough adds a touching vulnerability that isn't there on the Roger fronted version. The early mix of Cry If You Want is massive improvement over the heavily processed album version. All in all I would reconfigure the album as follows for an improved listening experience.

1. Dangerous (1997 Unedited Mix)
2. Cook's County
3. It's Your Turn
4. It's Hard
5. Eminence Front (Vocal: Roger & Pete)
6. I've Known No War
7. One Life's Enough (Vocal: Pete)
8. Why Did I Fall For That?
9. A Man Is A Man
10. Cry If You Want (Early Alternative Mix)


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Post by: Shane (Skirky) on June 24, 2022, 11:07:53 PM

It's Hard (40th Anniversary Edition) - The Who

On listening to this today I realised that, not only was it the only Who album I didn't own but I had never actually heard it all the way through before. I now recogise that it is both not as bad but also worse than its reputation.

I'm amazed that they thought Athena would make a good single as it is kind of a mess and One At A Time may be the worst (and most excruciating) thing they ever recorded. There are also some production and performance decisions that don't serve the songs well. The revelation is that all of the four bonus tracks are rather good and their use in place of the originally released versions would improve the album immeasurably. The Roger vocal Eminence Front is splendid and stomps all over Pete's demo quality vocal on the original. Conversely the frail quality of Pete's lead on One Life's Enough adds a touching vulnerability that isn't there on the Roger fronted version. The early mix of Cry If You Want is massive improvement over the heavily processed album version. All in all I would reconfigure the album as follows for an improved listening experience.

1. Dangerous (1997 Unedited Mix)
2. Cook's County
3. It's Your Turn
4. It's Hard
5. Eminence Front (Vocal: Roger & Pete)
6. I've Known No War
7. One Life's Enough (Vocal: Pete)
8. Why Did I Fall For That?
9. A Man Is A Man
10. Cry If You Want (Early Alternative Mix)


Thanks Gub. Hugely enjoyable and informative write up. 👍


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Post by: davidmjs on June 25, 2022, 08:18:38 AM
R J McKenree - Villager

One of those fictional conceits (from the Tom Cox novel Villager), but a really bloody good one.

https://rjmckendree.bandcamp.com/



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Post by: Ian_ on June 25, 2022, 08:49:51 AM
'Wallflower" is indeed excellent. Possibly my favourite 'new' release of the year  :D


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Post by: Alan2 on June 25, 2022, 10:49:35 AM

Blair Dunlop is a fan of Henry's and Iain Matthews has 2 of Katie's CD's

I like "Edge Of The Land " a lot , but as David says do not underestimate Henry Parker , I think he too has a very bright future , such a good guitar player

Also thought I'd listen to some Roy Harper today not a name you see mentioned on here that often
 "Bullinamingvase"


I like RH rather a lot,  and haven't played Bullinamingvase for some time.  I think for me, personally,  it's too tied to a particular era, and a time in my life which I dont like to revisit.  Ditto Lifemask, which nevertheless is one of his finest albums, imo.


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Post by: Jules Gray on June 25, 2022, 01:47:16 PM

Thanks Gub. Hugely enjoyable and informative write up. 👍


Seconded.

Jules


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Post by: Jules Gray on June 25, 2022, 01:50:02 PM


Also thought I'd listen to some Roy Harper today not a name you see mentioned on here that often
 "Bullinamingvase"


I like RH rather a lot,  and haven't played Bullinamingvase for some time.  I think for me, personally,  it's too tied to a particular era, and a time in my life which I dont like to revisit.  Ditto Lifemask, which nevertheless is one of his finest albums, imo.


I've been playing shed loads of Roy lately, as well as learning to play a few of his songs.  Recently bought the Roy Harper book in the  Every Album, Every Song (On Track) series, which got me well and truly back into him.

Jules


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Post by: Alan2 on June 26, 2022, 10:53:47 AM



Also thought I'd listen to some Roy Harper today not a name you see mentioned on here that often
 "Bullinamingvase"


I like RH rather a lot,  and haven't played Bullinamingvase for some time.  I think for me, personally,  it's too tied to a particular era, and a time in my life which I dont like to revisit.  Ditto Lifemask, which nevertheless is one of his finest albums, imo.


I've been playing shed loads of Roy lately, as well as learning to play a few of his songs.  Recently bought the Roy Harper book in the  Every Album, Every Song (On Track) series, which got me well and truly back into him.

Jules


I dont think there's really a bad RH album out there. Respect to you for trying to pkay his songs.


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Post by: Jules Gray on June 26, 2022, 12:12:49 PM

I dont think there's really a bad RH album out there.


Commercial Breaks
Work of Heart


Jules


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Post by: Alan2 on June 26, 2022, 05:12:06 PM


I dont think there's really a bad RH album out there.


Commercial Breaks
Work of Heart


Jules


Commercial Breaks i don't really count as an album.

Work of Heart i like, though its the least Harper ish album he's done.  I took a while to come round to Descendants of Smith, but I really like it now. Loony on the zBus, again, isn't really a proper album, but has its moments.


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Post by: davidmjs on June 26, 2022, 05:41:29 PM
My favourite discovery from this year's Glastonbury:  Big Thief.  Didn't know them I'm ashamed to say.  Loved their set (available on iPlayer).


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Post by: Jules Gray on June 26, 2022, 06:00:54 PM

Commercial Breaks i don't really count as an album.

Work of Heart i like, though its the least Harper ish album he's done.  I took a while to come round to Descendants of Smith, but I really like it now. Loony on the Bus, again, isn't really a proper album, but has its moments.


I didn't realise that I had to find out what you reckon is a "proper album" before nominating candidates.  ;D

Jules


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Post by: wayne stote on June 26, 2022, 07:01:48 PM


Taken David's advice and spent a few hours this morning given Katie Spencer's music a proper listen. It's confirmed the opinion I formed when I saw her live at the GBFF. Well made, certainly, but not to my taste. To damn it with faint praise, it came across as pleasant background music. Oh well, can't like everything, I suppose.

Bought tickets for next January's GBFF, the other day so I've also been listening to the performers in the line-up, I haven't heard. Adam Beattie, The Mathers Robinson Band and Fred's House have been particularly enjoyable. Looks like I'm going to need a decent CD budget.  :)


In the same way as Sandy Denny is pleasant background music, I'm guessing?


 I don't mind a little Sandy Denny when I'm in the right mood.  :)


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Post by: Alan2 on June 27, 2022, 09:49:49 AM


Commercial Breaks i don't really count as an album.

Work of Heart i like, though its the least Harper ish album he's done.  I took a while to come round to Descendants of Smith, but I really like it now. Loony on the Bus, again, isn't really a proper album, but has its moments.


I didn't realise that I had to find out what you reckon is a "proper album" before nominating candidates.  ;D

Jules


Maybe I was being subjective. i did a quick search and learned Commercial Breaks was recorded at the end of the 70s and not released till 1994. So I suppose I wonder what was wrong with it. I do know it has merited  fewer plays than almost any RH album in my collection.  Loony on the Bus, according to Wikipedia, comprises demo tracks, and RH released it to raise money to start his own company.

Bests,

Alan.


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Post by: Jules Gray on June 27, 2022, 11:10:18 AM

Maybe I was being subjective. i did a quick search and learned Commercial Breaks was recorded at the end of the 70s and not released till 1994. So I suppose I wonder what was wrong with it. I do know it has merited  fewer plays than almost any RH album in my collection.  Loony on the Bus, according to Wikipedia, comprises demo tracks, and RH released it to raise money to start his own company.  


Yes, in fact both records comprise many of the same tracks. He was working in sub-par studios with less than stellar material. He sabotaged the release of Commercial Breaks in 1978, but stuck some of it out on the heinous Loony record, as you say, to make some money to finance his next record, before finally allowing the whole record to come out as originally intended.

The best songs on it were rerecorded for The Unknown Soldier.

Jules


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Post by: Alan2 on June 27, 2022, 01:02:12 PM


Maybe I was being subjective. i did a quick search and learned Commercial Breaks was recorded at the end of the 70s and not released till 1994. So I suppose I wonder what was wrong with it. I do know it has merited  fewer plays than almost any RH album in my collection.  Loony on the Bus, according to Wikipedia, comprises demo tracks, and RH released it to raise money to start his own company.  


Yes, in fact both records comprise many of the same tracks. He was working in sub-par studios with less than stellar material. He sabotaged the release of Commercial Breaks in 1978, but stuck some of it out on the heinous Loony record, as you say, to make some money to finance his next record, before finally allowing the whole record to come out as originally intended.

The best songs on it were rerecorded for The Unknown Soldier.

Jules


Which is a very good album, imo. I intend to give Commercial Breaks a listen this evening,  to see how good or awful it is 🙂


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Post by: Jules Gray on June 27, 2022, 01:11:22 PM

I intend to give Commercial Breaks a listen this evening,  to see how good or awful it is 🙂


Expect to be underwhelmed.

Jules


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Post by: Alan2 on June 29, 2022, 09:33:16 AM


I intend to give Commercial Breaks a listen this evening,  to see how good or awful it is 🙂


Expect to be underwhelmed.

Jules


Have to admit I was, but only slightly. There's a feeling of demo ness about some of the tracks.  There are however some good moments -  'Cora',  'Flycatcher'.   The booklet notes go onto the genesis of the album at some length.

Also played Al Stewart :  Chronicles  - best of  (EMI LP,  1991).


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Post by: Jules Gray on June 29, 2022, 11:39:15 AM

There's a feeling of demo ness about some of the tracks.  


Absolutely this.

Jules


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Post by: davidmjs on June 30, 2022, 05:20:31 PM
The new Porcupine Tree.  Didn't expect to like it, but I do.  Lad's come a long way since I saw them in the Penny Theatre, Canterbury in '95.  I only really went to see a member of Japan in the flesh.


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Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 30, 2022, 08:07:00 PM

The new Porcupine Tree.  Didn't expect to like it, but I do.  Lad's come a long way since I saw them in the Penny Theatre, Canterbury in '95.  I only really went to see a member of Japan in the flesh.
I’m not sure how often our musical tastes coverage David, but I think this time they will  :D

I’m off to download it…


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: garrypbrooks on July 05, 2022, 08:39:09 AM
Just discovered an interesting new artist, i.e. Maryen Cairns, a Scottish-Aussie folky living in Guernsey. Writes good songs, there's a touch of Claire Hamill in her voice, and some really interesting instrumental backing. And if you go to her Facebook page, you can get a VG six song sampler download free. Hope she comes over to England soon.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on July 05, 2022, 02:28:31 PM
Inspired by comments about Ian McNabb elsewhere, listening to the Icicle Works live from the Town & Country Club in July 1986. Stonking gig!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on July 05, 2022, 03:14:24 PM

Just discovered an interesting new artist, i.e. Maryen Cairns, a Scottish-Aussie folky living in Guernsey. Writes good songs, there's a touch of Claire Hamill in her voice, and some really interesting instrumental backing. And if you go to her Facebook page, you can get a VG six song sampler download free. Hope she comes over to England soon.




Im on Maryan Cairns email list, and get loads of stuff. I haven't found the time to catch up with it all, but must do so.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on July 07, 2022, 09:21:10 PM
I think a week or so ago David mentioned NMTB and I've just read Dave Goodman's book about the Sex Pistols ,watched the Danny Boyle series on Disney (!) -  so dusted off the original CD
I thought , that's how best to listen to "Never Mind" just the original tracklisting , no extras , no demos , no dodgy live recordings on the expanded or  deluxe 2CD versions
Just the classic album as we heard it on it's release

But
 I miss the B-sides especially "Did You No Wrong" and "Satellite" , both just as enjoyable as the "Never Mind" tracks in my opinion , "No Fun" a little less so

So maybe this is an example of  an album that  warranted an expanded version , at least to capture the b-sides .....
I still think it would have been better if Glen had played the bass and not Steve


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on July 08, 2022, 09:13:28 AM
Various Strawbs and related stuff,  including  Dave Cousins/Conny Conrad  :  High Seas, which I recently acquired.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on July 08, 2022, 10:24:15 AM

I still think it would have been better if Glen had played the bass and not Steve


Well, he did, for the songs they recorded before he was booted out.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 08, 2022, 11:32:42 AM


I still think it would have been better if Glen had played the bass and not Steve


Well, he did, for the songs they recorded before he was booted out.

Jules
My schoolfriend Val is big mates with Glen, as she keeps telling me....  ::)  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on July 08, 2022, 12:14:10 PM


I still think it would have been better if Glen had played the bass and not Steve


Well, he did, for the songs they recorded before he was booted out.

Jules


According to Wikipedia...

Glen Matlock – bass and backing vocals on "Anarchy in the UK" and "God Save The Queen"
Sid Vicious – bass on "Bodies"

Guitarist Steve Jones stated that when Matlock first played him the song it did not sound like 'God Save the Queen': "It was like 'Love Me Do' or something".

The mind boggles!  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on July 08, 2022, 01:02:05 PM



I still think it would have been better if Glen had played the bass and not Steve


Well, he did, for the songs they recorded before he was booted out.

Jules


According to Wikipedia...

Glen Matlock – bass and backing vocals on "Anarchy in the UK" and "God Save The Queen"
Sid Vicious – bass on "Bodies"

Guitarist Steve Jones stated that when Matlock first played him the song it did not sound like 'God Save the Queen': "It was like 'Love Me Do' or something".

The mind boggles!  ;D



And just in case if anyone missed it earlier, do have a listen to the 2 part (Steve) Jonesy's jukebox podcast 'chat' with Glen.  It's like sitting next to 2 old geezers in the Public Bar but in a very entertaining stylie. Glen is now in Blondie btw (at least temporarily).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 08, 2022, 01:18:54 PM



I still think it would have been better if Glen had played the bass and not Steve


Well, he did, for the songs they recorded before he was booted out.

Jules


According to Wikipedia...

Glen Matlock – bass and backing vocals on "Anarchy in the UK" and "God Save The Queen"
Sid Vicious – bass on "Bodies"

Guitarist Steve Jones stated that when Matlock first played him the song it did not sound like 'God Save the Queen': "It was like 'Love Me Do' or something".

The mind boggles!  ;D

The words fit. Try it...

(well the first few lines anyway!)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on July 08, 2022, 02:38:12 PM

And just in case if anyone missed it earlier, do have a listen to the 2 part (Steve) Jonesy's jukebox podcast 'chat' with Glen.  It's like sitting next to 2 old geezers in the Public Bar but in a very entertaining stylie. Glen is now in Blondie btw (at least temporarily).


I saw a photo of him with Blondie but read that he's just standing in for their regular bass player who has done his back in.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on July 08, 2022, 03:42:26 PM


And just in case if anyone missed it earlier, do have a listen to the 2 part (Steve) Jonesy's jukebox podcast 'chat' with Glen.  It's like sitting next to 2 old geezers in the Public Bar but in a very entertaining stylie. Glen is now in Blondie btw (at least temporarily).


I saw a photo of him with Blondie but read that he's just standing in for their regular bass player who has done his back in.



I think so, but he's on to his second lot of dates and has also played on the new album I believe


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on July 09, 2022, 09:28:46 AM
A little Toast for breakfast. The newly released archive album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Recorded 20 or so years ago but shelved. A curious decision considering some of what Neil has released during that time.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 14, 2022, 09:51:51 AM
First, a little compilation:

UFO - Too Hot to Handle
Heatwave - Too Hot to Handle
Cockney Rebel - Here Comes the Sun
Glass Animals - Heat Waves
The Who - Heatwave
Lovin' Spoonful - Summer in the City
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff (with inappropriate dancing, obvs!)
Don Henley - Boys of Summer


Then some Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces of a Man and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on July 14, 2022, 11:26:12 AM

A little Toast for breakfast. The newly released archive album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Recorded 20 or so years ago but shelved. A curious decision considering some of what Neil has released during that time.


Not really - he re-recorded much of it for Are You Passionate?, and released that instead.

Jules


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Post by: PaulT on July 14, 2022, 12:16:26 PM
Frank Zappa - Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo.

I've not heard these for about 40 years, and tbh never really listened closely until now.  Seems I've been missing out!

(These are the CDs issued in 2012 - taken from the original 1972 analogue master recordings).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on July 14, 2022, 04:36:46 PM


A little Toast for breakfast. The newly released archive album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Recorded 20 or so years ago but shelved. A curious decision considering some of what Neil has released during that time.


Not really - he re-recorded much of it for Are You Passionate?, and released that instead.

Jules


Yes, what I mean is that these performances are superior to those on AYP and much of what he has done since.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on July 14, 2022, 07:43:09 PM

Yes, what I mean is that these performances are superior to those on AYP and much of what he has done since.


That's encouraging, as I'm quite fond of AYP and the one track from the Toast sessions that made that record (Goin' Home) seemed a bit sub-par in its execution.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on July 14, 2022, 08:19:14 PM


Yes, what I mean is that these performances are superior to those on AYP and much of what he has done since.


That's encouraging, as I'm quite fond of AYP and the one track from the Toast sessions that made that record (Goin' Home) seemed a bit sub-par in its execution.

Jules

I guess it is all a matter of taste . I think this a really fine Crazy Horse album, not up there with Zuma obviously but a whole lot better than Greendale or Broken Arrow and at least as good as Sleeps With Angels to my ears.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on July 14, 2022, 09:36:42 PM

I guess it is all a matter of taste . I think this a really fine Crazy Horse album, not up there with Zuma obviously but a whole lot better than Greendale or Broken Arrow and at least as good as Sleeps With Angels to my ears.


Broken Arrow was half a good album - the sequencing really let it down. I didn't like Greendale much.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on July 15, 2022, 12:22:57 PM
Listening to the new Kula Shaker album - 1st Congregational Church of Eternal Love and Free Hugs which was released a couple of weeks ago.

Some really nice catchy songs - I was hoping it might be a bit more raga leaning than it is, I thought many of the songs might fit better with Crispian's other previous band The Jeevas , with their wild west type of vibe.

The only disappointment for me was that the cd is presented as a sort of church service. Between every few songs  there is a hammed up vicar giving the service and asking the congregation to turn off their mobile phones and an irritating choir mistress squawking on about leaky roofs, people nicking the church guttering and what's on at the church film club. Barely amusing  on the first listen, intensely irritating each time after that.  Shame.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on July 15, 2022, 12:58:56 PM

Listening to the new Kula Shaker album - 1st Congregational Church of Eternal Love and Free Hugs which was released a couple of weeks ago.

Some really nice catchy songs - I was hoping it might be a bit more raga leaning than it is, I thought many of the songs might fit better with Crispian's other previous band The Jeevas , with their wild west type of vibe.

The only disappointment for me was that the cd is presented as a sort of church service. Between every few songs  there is a hammed up vicar giving the service and asking the congregation to turn off their mobile phones and an irritating choir mistress squawking on about leaky roofs, people nicking the church guttering and what's on at the church film club. Barely amusing  on the first listen, intensely irritating each time after that.  Shame.


Hilarious ;D  Crispian is daft as a brush...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on July 19, 2022, 09:53:28 PM
I've been listening to the new Christine McVie album 'Songbird'. It's made up mostly of tracks from previous solo albums, but as I'd never heard any of them I was quite happy to get this. In my humble opinion it's a great album, with some fine toons on it. If you want an idea of the style then the majority of them wouldn't be out of place on a Fleetwood Mac album - so it rather depends on whether or not that's the sort of thing that you like. The title track is a new arrangement of the classic song from 'Rumours' - they've taken the original vocals and added an orchestral arrangement. It's nice, but I still prefer the original version.

I've also been listening to the Rolling Stones' best album 'Sticky Fingers' (other Stones albums are available). I love every track on this, with my personal faves being 'Bitch', 'Wild Horses' and 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking' Love it


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on July 21, 2022, 12:18:26 AM
For my ongoing photo + song lyrics post today I picked a song off an album I have inexplicably not played in quite some time-Carbon Leaf's Echo Echo. I had never heard of them until I saw them open for Great Big Sea years ago now. I've followed them off and on over the years but this is actually the only album I have. Reminder to myself that I must put that right as they really have a great rootsy sound to them I think many here might like.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on July 23, 2022, 08:47:26 AM
Early Bert Jansch:

Rosemary Lane  (Sanctuary Records LP, 2016 reissue).

It Don't Bother Me (Sanctuary Records LP, 2015 reissue).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 26, 2022, 11:14:57 AM
Something YouTube recommended to me - Hedgehog Pie - The Green Lady. Surprised I haven't come across these before, very folk-rock. I can hear Tull, FC, Steeleye Span and a few others. I could hear them doing a Friday afternoon slot at Cropredy if they were still about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVxgC2nfrOs


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Post by: davidmjs on July 26, 2022, 11:51:43 AM

Something YouTube recommended to me - Hedgehog Pie - The Green Lady. Surprised I haven't come across these before, very folk-rock. I can hear Tull, FC, Steeleye Span and a few others. I could hear them doing a Friday afternoon slot at Cropredy if they were still about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVxgC2nfrOs


Martin Jenkins (Dando Shaft, Whippersnapper etc) was in them for a while...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on July 26, 2022, 05:38:33 PM
Having a Eurythmics day.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on July 26, 2022, 06:59:00 PM


Something YouTube recommended to me - Hedgehog Pie - The Green Lady. Surprised I haven't come across these before, very folk-rock. I can hear Tull, FC, Steeleye Span and a few others. I could hear them doing a Friday afternoon slot at Cropredy if they were still about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVxgC2nfrOs


Martin Jenkins (Dando Shaft, Whippersnapper etc) was in them for a while...

Also, Ian Walter Fairburn and Phil Murray (Jack the Lad) were alumni too


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on July 26, 2022, 11:16:52 PM
Great band, Hedgehog Pie. Be great to have a nice little boxed set of their catalogue.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: David V B on July 27, 2022, 08:52:23 AM
Saw and enjoyed them at the Charnock Richard festival in 76. Aren’t their recordings in that non release limbo like so many others?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on July 27, 2022, 09:11:28 AM

Saw and enjoyed them at the Charnock Richard festival in 76. Aren’t their recordings in that non release limbo like so many others?


Are they another victim of the Celtic Music @rseh0le5 - didn't know that?


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Post by: David V B on July 27, 2022, 11:24:41 AM
Think they might be


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on August 01, 2022, 03:20:42 PM
Another one suggested by YouTube (it knows me so well!)

Zakarrias by Zakarrais 1971 It's rather fab :)

Discogs tells me it's folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock which sounds about right and is right up my avenue!  Also says:
Real Name: Robert Haumer
Profile: Band name and alias of singer/musician Bobby Haumer from Vienna, Austria. Failing to make a mark locally, Bobby went to London in 1970 and gathered a new band featuring guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton (from Hawkwind) and drummer John Lingwood, later to join Steamhammer and Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
The album they made is a mixture of folk rock and heavy psychedelic with some prog elements. It went largely unnoticed at the time, but has since become a collectable rarity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXAPiIaUzZc


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on August 01, 2022, 08:19:45 PM

Another one suggested by YouTube (it knows me so well!)

Zakarrias by Zakarrais 1971 It's rather fab :)

Discogs tells me it's folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock which sounds about right and is right up my avenue!  Also says:
Real Name: Robert Haumer
Profile: Band name and alias of singer/musician Bobby Haumer from Vienna, Austria. Failing to make a mark locally, Bobby went to London in 1970 and gathered a new band featuring guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton (from Hawkwind) and drummer John Lingwood, later to join Steamhammer and Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
The album they made is a mixture of folk rock and heavy psychedelic with some prog elements. It went largely unnoticed at the time, but has since become a collectable rarity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXAPiIaUzZc


Do we know for sure Huw was on the album?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on August 01, 2022, 08:44:55 PM


Another one suggested by YouTube (it knows me so well!)

Zakarrias by Zakarrais 1971 It's rather fab :)

Discogs tells me it's folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock which sounds about right and is right up my avenue!  Also says:
Real Name: Robert Haumer
Profile: Band name and alias of singer/musician Bobby Haumer from Vienna, Austria. Failing to make a mark locally, Bobby went to London in 1970 and gathered a new band featuring guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton (from Hawkwind) and drummer John Lingwood, later to join Steamhammer and Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
The album they made is a mixture of folk rock and heavy psychedelic with some prog elements. It went largely unnoticed at the time, but has since become a collectable rarity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXAPiIaUzZc


Do we know for sure Huw was on the album?
No I don’t, but Wiki entry suggests maybe not…

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Haumer


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Sue & Chris on August 01, 2022, 10:12:13 PM
Finally got around to listening to 'Ants from up there' by Black Country New Road, and now I can't stop.

It's won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I find it mesmerising. Music that demands you sit and listen, really listen.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 02, 2022, 08:48:52 AM
The Grateful Dead  :  Europe '72,  50th Anniversary Edition  (WB 3LP,  2022)..


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on August 02, 2022, 09:47:04 AM
I've been listening (in the car) to Miles Davis' "The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions" - 4 of 5 CDs' worth so far - I wonder if I can play the remainder today as we drive to the Commonwealth Games in Brum... unlikely, given Mrs PT's reaction to the bits she's heard - "it's a racket"!  ;D

Oh well, the other album on the USB stick is the Dead's "Sunshine Daydream"...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on August 05, 2022, 04:22:58 PM
Waiting for Columbus box set by Little Feat, including the Manchester show I missed the to being on my honeymoon in July 77.
I haven't bought it but it's all on Amazon music, it's great, they were fantastic.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 06, 2022, 09:04:02 AM
Joni Mitchell  :  The Reprise Albums,  1968-71  (Reprise 4LP, 2021).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on August 06, 2022, 07:16:03 PM
Bob Fox - Dreams Never Leave You

Just back from seeing Bob at the Lake District Folk Weekend. He, rather cheekily, described this album as Fairport with a decent singer. And he started his set with his cover of 'My Love is in America'.


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Post by: Sue & Chris on August 10, 2022, 10:27:33 AM

Bob Fox - Dreams Never Leave You

Just back from seeing Bob at the Lake District Folk Weekend. He, rather cheekily, described this album as Fairport with a decent singer. And he started his set with his cover of 'My Love is in America'.



Great album, as I tried to tell him once at a gig - unfortunately he behaved like a complete arse.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Sue & Chris on August 10, 2022, 10:32:31 AM
'Sing Along! with Eric Hutchinson'. Gospel-tinged country pop, with a nice 'The Bunch' type vibe.


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Post by: RobertD on August 10, 2022, 07:55:08 PM
Teleportation not being possible, I have been listening to nothing but Fairport all week, which will continue until Cropredy 2020/21/22 is finished (with the exception of a live show Saturday afternoon). Specifically it has been the assortment of Cropredy recordings from over the years. Enjoy, all who are going or already there!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on August 16, 2022, 11:10:50 AM
Leatherat!

Live at Cropredy 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BczxPc7gpYs and whatever else I can find on YouTube after that.

I missed them at the fringe this year, but I'd love to see them on the big stage again - they're a proper Cropredy band :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on August 16, 2022, 02:38:03 PM
I picked up the Edward II Live at Cropredy album at the CD stall by the villages stores, so have been listening to that. I didn't actually buy anything else by any of the bands who were on.  Oh, apart from Iain Matthews and the Salmon Smokers Fake Tan, and the Thompson Family album which kind of count.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on August 16, 2022, 06:01:10 PM
I bought the 2CD "Anamnesis" by Ethan Johns (Glyn's son) & The Black Eyed Dogs from the CD tent, purely on the look of the front cover (and a band pic on the back that includes former Crim drummer Jeremy Stacey). Read a couple of reviews before putting it on that likened parts of it to the (Workingman's) Dead and Dylan/Band. Fairly accurate I'd say!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on August 16, 2022, 06:46:00 PM

I bought the 2CD "Anamnesis" by Ethan Johns (Glyn's son) & The Black Eyed Dogs from the CD tent, purely on the look of the front cover (and a band pic on the back that includes former Crim drummer Jeremy Stacey). Read a couple of reviews before putting it on that likened parts of it to the (Workingman's) Dead and Dylan/Band. Fairly accurate I'd say!


Is he officially former yet?  Are any of them ex Crim yet?  Questions, questions.... ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on August 17, 2022, 12:02:42 AM
I definitely read they were "on hiatus" again after the last tour finished. Which this (opaquely) implies: "King Crimson at the Shibuya Bunkamara Orchard Hall, Tokyo; Wednesday 8th. December 2021,” Fripp wrote on Twitter.
“King Crimson’s final note of Starless, the last note of this Completion Tour in Japan, moved from sound to silence at 21.04.”

Bob seems to be having a lot of fun with his wife at the moment.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on August 17, 2022, 09:04:31 AM

I definitely read they were "on hiatus" again after the last tour finished. Which this (opaquely) implies: "King Crimson at the Shibuya Bunkamara Orchard Hall, Tokyo; Wednesday 8th. December 2021,” Fripp wrote on Twitter.
“King Crimson’s final note of Starless, the last note of this Completion Tour in Japan, moved from sound to silence at 21.04.”

Bob seems to be having a lot of fun with his wife at the moment.



Oh I know...it's just that we've sort of been here before haven't we...but given everybody's age, yeah probably.  Effectively Crimson happens when Fripp wants it to and whoever he wants to play with, that's Crimson if he says it is...that's the nature of it.  I just think of them as (a bit like Fairport) one of those bands that nobody ever really leaves.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on August 17, 2022, 10:38:39 AM
Perhaps I should have said "erstwhile" rather than "former". Or just omitted the latter.  ;)



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on August 17, 2022, 10:44:28 AM

Perhaps I should have said "erstwhile" rather than "former". Or just omitted the latter.  ;)




Nah, you're alright, Paul.  Perhaps I should have just kept my musings to myself.

On a related subject, I've been listening to the Exposures box set recently.  It's absolutely top notch.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on August 19, 2022, 01:18:56 PM
Anais Mitchell's self-titled release which came out back in January. I enjoyed the album she did with Bonny Light Horseman a couple of years back so thought I'd take a punt on this one.

It's the first vinyl purchase I've made in a while. I found it at my local HMV and also picked up a copy of Neil Young's Noise & Flowers on cd.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on August 25, 2022, 10:25:02 AM
What with one thing and another, it feels like a day for listening to Fairport so I have selected my personal career overview playlist. It runs to 125 tracks so I may not get through all of it.

I have reached track 4, Suzanne from Live At The BBC.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on August 27, 2022, 10:05:43 AM
Against The Odds 1974 - 1982, the new box set by Blondie. In particular Parallel Lines, one of those extraordinary albums where every track could have been a hit single.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 28, 2022, 12:03:29 PM
Nic Jones :  In Search of .. (Mollie Music CD, 1998).

Nic Jones  :  Unearthed  (Mollie Music 2CD, 2001).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on August 31, 2022, 02:16:52 PM
It's been a very long time since I listened to Tree by Songs From The Blue House, and I can't think why. It is a very fine album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on August 31, 2022, 08:29:54 PM
Jimmy Cliff’s new album Refugees. Though it hasn’t grabbed me initially as much as his last album (Rebirth) there is still much on here to enjoy. And enjoy is something I always get from Jimmy’s music!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on August 31, 2022, 10:05:38 PM

It's been a very long time since I listened to Tree by Songs From The Blue House, and I can't think why. It is a very fine album.


I can’t disagree with you.  ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on September 01, 2022, 12:43:24 PM
Velvet Underground “Live at Max’s Kansas City”
Extended and remastered version (Disc 4 of 45th Anniversary Edition of “Loaded”


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on September 01, 2022, 03:44:28 PM
Bill , has the sound been improved , I know the original source was a portable cassette recorder , which would please David the cassette fan, but I used to find it a hard listen despite it being a fun performance and a historically important recording
I'm still amazed by some of the higher quality stuff that's come out since the 1969 live compilation in the late 70's  but there must , even in these days of superior sound technologies , be a limit to what can be enhanced with the Max's cassette

And even if you did or could enhance it-  would it be a financially viable undertaking , given the marketplace for Velvets recordings ? There's loads of  old VU recordings to listen to , but never going to be a million seller

And look at "Gold Dust" , are the fans happy when you start messing with old recordings ? (although that involved re-recording some of the instrumentation - different to enhancing what's already there)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 01, 2022, 05:26:49 PM

Bill , has the sound been improved , I know the original source was a portable cassette recorder , which would please David the cassette fan, but I used to find it a hard listen despite it being a fun performance and a historically important recording
I'm still amazed by some of the higher quality stuff that's come out since the 1969 live compilation in the late 70's  but there must , even in these days of superior sound technologies , be a limit to what can be enhanced with the Max's cassette

And even if you did or could enhance it-  would it be a financially viable undertaking , given the marketplace for Velvets recordings ? There's loads of  old VU recordings to listen to , but never going to be a million seller

And look at "Gold Dust" , are the fans happy when you start messing with old recordings ? (although that involved re-recording some of the instrumentation - different to enhancing what's already there)


Lol.  I very nearly replied earlier saying "one of my absolute faves" :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on September 01, 2022, 08:36:19 PM


Bill , has the sound been improved , I know the original source was a portable cassette recorder , which would please David the cassette fan, but I used to find it a hard listen despite it being a fun performance and a historically important recording
I'm still amazed by some of the higher quality stuff that's come out since the 1969 live compilation in the late 70's  but there must , even in these days of superior sound technologies , be a limit to what can be enhanced with the Max's cassette

And even if you did or could enhance it-  would it be a financially viable undertaking , given the marketplace for Velvets recordings ? There's loads of  old VU recordings to listen to , but never going to be a million seller

And look at "Gold Dust" , are the fans happy when you start messing with old recordings ? (although that involved re-recording some of the instrumentation - different to enhancing what's already there)


Lol.  I very nearly replied earlier saying "one of my absolute faves" :)
The general sound is noticeably improved, but the atmosphere of an audience tape is retained. The extra tracks are worth having too.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 02, 2022, 07:25:55 PM
Two new arrivals:
Jerry Jeff - Steve Earle & the Dukes. I have tended not to listen to Steve's covers albums very much but I know very little of Jerry Jeff Walker's music so this is fresh to me and sounds great.

Seconds Out and More - Steve Hackett. Does what it says on the tin but with added funk. A fun listen


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 03, 2022, 09:14:21 AM
Bridget st John  :  From There to Here - recordings 1974- 1982 (Cherry Red 3CD, 2022).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 03, 2022, 12:58:22 PM
Had a very enjoyable couple of hours listening to what my brain insists are 'later' Soft Machine albums, despite being the best part of five decades old - Seven, Bundles and Softs.  The pick of the punch is, I think, Bundles which is officially superb.  Never really engaged that closely with the post-Wyatt band before, but I might have to seek out the new expanded Bundles now.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 03, 2022, 01:55:59 PM

Had a very enjoyable couple of hours listening to what my brain insists are 'later' Soft Machine albums, despite being the best part of five decades old - Seven, Bundles and Softs.  The pick of the punch is, I think, Bundles which is officially superb.  Never really engaged that closely with the post-Wyatt band before, but I might have to seek out the new expanded Bundles now.


I love that later era Soft Machine, and agree Bundles is about the best.  Softs is good too.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 04, 2022, 03:35:11 PM
Sarah Davachi https://sarahdavachi.bandcamp.com/

It's kind of electro-ambient droney stuff that often sounds like medieval music whilst still sounding up to the minute.  It ticks a bunch of boxes for me.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 05, 2022, 09:15:59 AM
Sandy Denny  :  Gold Dust -  the Final Concert  (Island /UMC LP  Record Store Day,  2022).

I'd love this to have been a double,  with all of the material from the 1998 CD release.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 05, 2022, 10:55:51 AM
I did mention this in another thread but if I can persuade one more person to discover Sproatly Smith by talking about their new album here then I hope you'll forgive me.

Sadly, I imagine only hundreds will ever hear this wonderful album but I still think Ian and co have made some of the very best music of the last decade and a half.  Psych folk tends to be the catch all description but it's not really sufficient.  It's mostly pretty gentle (in a good way) but try River Song#2 if you fancy a wig out.

https://sproatlysmith.bandcamp.com/album/river-wye-suite


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on September 05, 2022, 04:38:12 PM
OK I surrender , I'll give Sproatly Smith a listen , see how it goes , it's the least I can do after all of the merciless plugging I've done on TAW on  Katie's behalf ,
If I'm not on here to stretch my musical appreciation , then .......

and at least it's not Crass....


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 05, 2022, 05:41:03 PM

OK I surrender , I'll give Sproatly Smith a listen , see how it goes , it's the least I can do after all of the merciless plugging I've done on TAW on  Katie's behalf ,
If I'm not on here to stretch my musical appreciation , then .......

and at least it's not Crass....


Lol.  I literally was listening to Crass over the weekend.  Penis Envy.  Their best, I reckon.  Highly recommended...  ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on September 06, 2022, 05:24:40 PM
Back in the Grim North of England after a lovely, long trip around Wales. Keeping my spirits up by listening my way through Meinir Gwilym's catalogue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9fCBhJeGCY


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 09, 2022, 08:47:58 AM
I reckon there are a few on here that will love this (assuming it's not actually been made illegal to listen to music 'during this difficult time').  It's sort of jingly jangly country-rockin' indie.  Or something...  I loves it anyway.

Rolling On Til Dawn by The Roebucks https://theroebucks.bandcamp.com/album/rolling-on-til-dawn?from=fanpub_fb


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on September 09, 2022, 12:03:51 PM
Difficult to know what to listen to this morning but I have gone for Misplaced Childhood by Marillion.

I had BBC Radio Scotland on this morning and was reminded that the Queen opened the Forth Road Bridge 6 weeks after I was born and then 50 odd years later returned to open the Queensferry Crossing.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 09, 2022, 03:18:51 PM
Inspired by searching for Pillows and Prayers (mentioned on another thread) I have stumbled across some rather splendid Robin Trower (Bridge of Sighs) which should see me through to 4pm when I finish work for the day



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 11, 2022, 09:49:40 AM
The new 2022 remasters of The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies and Everybody's In Show-biz.

This is an era of the Kinks that I am unfamiliar with but it is most enjoyable, especially the studio disc from Show-biz.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 11, 2022, 11:18:02 AM

The new 2022 remasters of The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies and Everybody's In Show-biz.

This is an era of the Kinks that I am unfamiliar with but it is most enjoyable, especially the studio disc from Show-biz.


Are the previously unreleased selections worth the outlay?

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 11, 2022, 08:37:30 PM


The new 2022 remasters of The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies and Everybody's In Show-biz.

This is an era of the Kinks that I am unfamiliar with but it is most enjoyable, especially the studio disc from Show-biz.


Are the previously unreleased selections worth the outlay?

Jules


I'm not really in a position to judge, not previously being familiar with this stuff. They are all just new mixes I believe, three on Muswell including an unreleased song and one on Showbiz but the discs were only a tenner a piece. I think there is also a more expansive box but I didn't go for that.

I am wondering how much further to delve if the reissue campaign continues. They have reached the concept album era and none of them seem to have a great reputation.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 11, 2022, 11:33:16 PM

I am wondering how much further to delve if the reissue campaign continues. They have reached the concept album era and none of them seem to have a great reputation.


I'm a fan of Preservation, especially the largely unloved Act 2, but that's the stop where I get off.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 12, 2022, 09:46:49 AM


I am wondering how much further to delve if the reissue campaign continues. They have reached the concept album era and none of them seem to have a great reputation.


I'm a fan of Preservation, especially the largely unloved Act 2, but that's the stop where I get off.

Jules


I had no idea just how unsuccessful the Kinks were in British album charting terms.  Never had a top ten album after '65 ffs (and didn't have a charting album - comps aside - after '68) :o  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kinks_discography


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on September 12, 2022, 11:46:55 AM
As a youngster I bought "Supersonic Rocket Ship" on 7" just as it flirted with the charts around 1971 , but didn't buy any RCA albums until I saw the  Kast Off Kinks 46 years later .
Like Jules I've not been tempted very far into the RCA  material , just Muswell for me , and I've got an expanded 2CD for that and Everybody's in Showbiz
Schoolboys in Disgrace ? Is it a lost classic worthy of a 5 CD boxset at £150. Not for me


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on September 15, 2022, 05:08:32 PM
The appropriately titled Faustus album 'Death and Other Animals'

And now Belshazzar's Feast Live! The Whiting's on the Wall.

Must admit that "Home Lad, Home" has brought a tear to my eye.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on September 15, 2022, 10:39:20 PM

The appropriately titled Faustus album 'Death and Other Animals'

And now Belshazzar's Feast Live! The Whiting's on the Wall.

Must admit that "Home Lad, Home" has brought a tear to my eye.  



That song frequently has that effect on me, and will probably do so even more now.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 16, 2022, 08:16:51 AM

The appropriately titled Faustus album 'Death and Other Animals'

And now Belshazzar's Feast Live! The Whiting's on the Wall.

Must admit that "Home Lad, Home" has brought a tear to my eye.  



Squeezy on Twitter https://twitter.com/squeezyjohn/status/1570546718969827328


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 16, 2022, 08:56:47 AM
Fairport Convention  :   Heyday   (Hannibal LP,  1987).

I bought this when it came out and I still find time for it, when I'm on a Fairport  session.
 
Fairport Convention  :  Full House (Island 'pink rim' LP,  197?).

One of the first Fairport albums I bought, from a bargain bin in a small record shop, back in the dim and distant 70s.  The lack of Sandy on this one bothered me more then than it does now.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 17, 2022, 11:22:27 AM
Pootling around south Kent for the last few days on holiday with a selection of music in the car.

The album that really cut through was Toast by Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Absolutely first class. It really is a lost (until now) classic.

Other Selections were:
Sounds of Summer - The Beach Boys
Swarbrick - Dave Swarbrick
The Hunter - Blondie
Youngblood - Carl Wilson
Autoamerican - Blondie
The Buddah of Suburbia - David Bowie
Bob Marley & The Chineke! Orchestra

Later today I will be taking a first listen to Fairport Convention Live At Rockpalast.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 17, 2022, 01:00:36 PM


Later today I will be taking a first listen to Fairport Convention Live At Rockpalast.


Nice to finally have an official release from this line up. The sound is great. The playing is mostly tight but the material is unfortunately not amongst their best, largely being taken from the Gottle O'Gear album, which is reflected in the muted response from the audience whose appreciation of Sir B McKenzie is significantly (and rightly) louder than for any other song.

Never mind, the new McNabb has just dropped through my letter box. :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 17, 2022, 06:55:16 PM
Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World; The King Is Dead; The Hazards of Love
Status Quo - Hello!

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: blagden on September 17, 2022, 08:27:32 PM

Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World; The King Is Dead; The Hazards of Love
Status Quo - Hello!

Jules


Great choice Sir but Piledriver would have been better
Five great albums from Piledriver to Blue For You
Peel was a huge fan at the time.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 17, 2022, 10:59:27 PM

Great choice Sir but Piledriver would have been better


Well, I don't own a copy of that one. Hello! is damned near perfect.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on September 18, 2022, 12:01:20 AM
Once I start a Decemberists' evening, nothing else can interrupt it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 18, 2022, 09:58:58 AM

Once I start a Decemberists' evening, nothing else can interrupt it.


They're so good. Thank you, Andy, for drawing my attention to them in the first place.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on September 18, 2022, 11:09:09 AM
I have been listening to Lindisfarne's final studio album 'Promenade' - weird to think it was released 20 years ago. A great album with some absolute classics on it. My personal favourites being 'This Too Will Pass' and 'This Guitar Never Lies' - Rod Clements has always been a really good songwriter and these two songs are fine examples of his skill.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on September 18, 2022, 11:33:01 AM
As for Quo, Piledriver was a favourite when it came out in 1972. Not sure its appeal has been sustained, though. Gerdundula from 1971's Dog Of Two Head is still a favourite, though.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on September 18, 2022, 02:04:39 PM

I have been listening to Lindisfarne's final studio album 'Promenade' - weird to think it was released 20 years ago. A great album with some absolute classics on it. My personal favourites being 'This Too Will Pass' and 'This Guitar Never Lies' - Rod Clements has always been a really good songwriter and these two songs are fine examples of his skill.


Agreed.

Promenade and its predecessor, Here Comes The Neighbourhood are terrific additions to Lindisfarne's catalogue. Rod's solo albums are well worth a listen, too.

Off to see them again next month. Always great value for money.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on September 18, 2022, 07:03:02 PM
Creedence Clearwater Revival “At The Albert Hall”
Recorded in 1970, at which time the 13 year old me was proclaiming them to be just about the best band on the planet.
Listening to this, I may well have been right!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 18, 2022, 09:18:33 PM


Status Quo - Hello!

Jules

The first album I ever bought, with my saved-up pocket money. The first track jumped but I didn’t have enough money left to go back into Cardiff on the bus and change it   :(


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on September 18, 2022, 09:26:56 PM
Dog of two head, piledriver, Hello and Quo was a brilliant run of lps by the mighty Quo.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 18, 2022, 09:32:14 PM


Once I start a Decemberists' evening, nothing else can interrupt it.


They're so good. Thank you, Andy, for drawing my attention to them in the first place.

Jules


I have been listening to those three albums lately too. And also The Crane Wife.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on September 19, 2022, 10:04:23 AM



Later today I will be taking a first listen to Fairport Convention Live At Rockpalast.


Nice to finally have an official release from this line up. The sound is great. The playing is mostly tight but the material is unfortunately not amongst their best, largely being taken from the Gottle O'Gear album, which is reflected in the muted response from the audience whose appreciation of Sir B McKenzie is significantly (and rightly) louder than for any other song.



Thanks for the review. The album is on my birthday list, so we'll see if anyone takes the hint...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 19, 2022, 11:05:35 AM




Later today I will be taking a first listen to Fairport Convention Live At Rockpalast.


Nice to finally have an official release from this line up. The sound is great. The playing is mostly tight but the material is unfortunately not amongst their best, largely being taken from the Gottle O'Gear album, which is reflected in the muted response from the audience whose appreciation of Sir B McKenzie is significantly (and rightly) louder than for any other song.



Thanks for the review. The album is on my birthday list, so we'll see if anyone takes the hint...


It seems expensive for a double CD....or is it a CD/DVD?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on September 19, 2022, 02:36:37 PM





Later today I will be taking a first listen to Fairport Convention Live At Rockpalast.


Nice to finally have an official release from this line up. The sound is great. The playing is mostly tight but the material is unfortunately not amongst their best, largely being taken from the Gottle O'Gear album, which is reflected in the muted response from the audience whose appreciation of Sir B McKenzie is significantly (and rightly) louder than for any other song.



Thanks for the review. The album is on my birthday list, so we'll see if anyone takes the hint...


It seems expensive for a double CD....or is it a CD/DVD?


The latter I believe


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on September 19, 2022, 04:58:45 PM
Prologue/Ashes Are Burning and Turn of the Cards by Renaissance.

My only previous record was A Song for All Seasons due to the inclusion of Northern Lights and T'Paper Lads, but I've been meaning to check the earlier stuff for a while, largely due to the championing of ...Cards by a YouTuber I follow.

Wow ! There's a lot of stuff going on here. Listening to all three albums in a row was, perhaps, going to lead to me being a bit overwhelmed, but I'm liking what I hear, and Annie's vocals were obviously going to be impressive, but I wasn't expecting some of what she is doing over the music.

I'll be looking forward to absorbing these a bit more over the next few weeks..albeit in smaller chunks.

I have a question for anybody who may know, though..how do the the first two ex-Yardbirds albums compare to the rest of them ?





Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on September 19, 2022, 06:29:53 PM





Later today I will be taking a first listen to Fairport Convention Live At Rockpalast.


Nice to finally have an official release from this line up. The sound is great. The playing is mostly tight but the material is unfortunately not amongst their best, largely being taken from the Gottle O'Gear album, which is reflected in the muted response from the audience whose appreciation of Sir B McKenzie is significantly (and rightly) louder than for any other song.



Thanks for the review. The album is on my birthday list, so we'll see if anyone takes the hint...


It seems expensive for a double CD....or is it a CD/DVD?


It’s a CD/DVD. The inclusion of “Dan’s Acoustic Thing” (actually ‘The Boys of Blue Hill’ on the finished article) suggests that they weren’t exactly overdoing it in terms of seeking out the back catalogue, and for an album that Dave Swarbrick swore was never supposed to be part of the Fairport canon, he seems to have been keen enough to go out and play it as such?
This is the original Rockpalast set list:
01  Come And Get It                            (3'20'')  
02  The Limey's Lament                         (5'05'')
03  Sir B. McKenzie                            (5'45'')
04  Dan's Acoustic Thing                       (1'40'')  
05  When First Into                            (2'30'')
06  Our Band                                   (2'05'')  
07  Lay Me Down Easy                           (5'30'')    
08  Cropredy Capers                            (6'45'')  
09  Dirty Linen                                (4'05'')
                              


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 19, 2022, 08:04:01 PM



It’s a CD/DVD. The inclusion of “Dan’s Acoustic Thing” (actually ‘The Boys of Blue Hill’ on the finished article) suggests that they weren’t exactly overdoing it in terms of seeking out the back catalogue, and for an album that Dave Swarbrick swore was never supposed to be part of the Fairport canon, he seems to have been keen enough to go out and play it as such?
This is the original Rockpalast set list:
01  Come And Get It                            (3'20'')  
02  The Limey's Lament                         (5'05'')
03  Sir B. McKenzie                            (5'45'')
04  Dan's Acoustic Thing                       (1'40'')  
05  When First Into                            (2'30'')
06  Our Band                                   (2'05'')  
07  Lay Me Down Easy                           (5'30'')    
08  Cropredy Capers                            (6'45'')  
09  Dirty Linen                                (4'05'')
                              


Hmmmm.  Ta.  I've spent my pennies, but we'll see how much use it gets....


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 19, 2022, 08:36:04 PM




It’s a CD/DVD. The inclusion of “Dan’s Acoustic Thing” (actually ‘The Boys of Blue Hill’ on the finished article) suggests that they weren’t exactly overdoing it in terms of seeking out the back catalogue, and for an album that Dave Swarbrick swore was never supposed to be part of the Fairport canon, he seems to have been keen enough to go out and play it as such?
This is the original Rockpalast set list:
01  Come And Get It                            (3'20'')  
02  The Limey's Lament                         (5'05'')
03  Sir B. McKenzie                            (5'45'')
04  Dan's Acoustic Thing                       (1'40'')  
05  When First Into                            (2'30'')
06  Our Band                                   (2'05'')  
07  Lay Me Down Easy                           (5'30'')    
08  Cropredy Capers                            (6'45'')  
09  Dirty Linen                                (4'05'')
                              


Hmmmm.  Ta.  I've spent my pennies, but we'll see how much use it gets....


It is not going to be a frequent repeat listen. I wanted to hear it as a rare professional recording of this line up. It is a missing piece of the jigsaw. I also wanted to hear whether this material improved through live performance. It doesn't really and that is the problem with this set. It is historically important but is undermined by the songs just not being very good for the most part, though I have always liked Cropredy Capers/Frog Up The Pump.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on September 20, 2022, 12:21:57 PM

I have a question for anybody who may know, though..how do the the first two ex-Yardbirds albums compare to the rest of them ?


Being a bit of a Yardbirds fan I think they're better but I reckon most would disagree. For me the original band were more adventurous and more experimental than the later band. I much prefer Jane Relf to Annie Haslam, no doubt Annie is technically better but I always felt her delivery was a bit too precise and lacked emotion in comparison.

The first is the one to go for but Illusion was a bit of a cobbled together effort, a contract fulfillment job. The original band started to fall apart when they were half way through recording it when Keith Relf and Jim McCarty decided to take a more back seat role writing and producing and bring in replacements. In the end they couldn't get a settled line-up together and four of the original five had to get back together to finish it. It has it's moments but it's not the place to start.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 20, 2022, 02:40:15 PM
Listening to BBC Radio 4's Front Row from August which was about Ralph Vaughan Williams and features Paul Sartin.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 20, 2022, 04:50:33 PM

Prologue/Ashes Are Burning and Turn of the Cards by Renaissance.

My only previous record was A Song for All Seasons due to the inclusion of Northern Lights and T'Paper Lads, but I've been meaning to check the earlier stuff for a while, largely due to the championing of ...Cards by a YouTuber I follow.

Wow ! There's a lot of stuff going on here. Listening to all three albums in a row was, perhaps, going to lead to me being a bit overwhelmed, but I'm liking what I hear, and Annie's vocals were obviously going to be impressive, but I wasn't expecting some of what she is doing over the music.

I'll be looking forward to absorbing these a bit more over the next few weeks..albeit in smaller chunks.

I have a question for anybody who may know, though..how do the the first two ex-Yardbirds albums compare to the rest of them ?






If you get time etc. Check out Live At Carnegie Hall. Superb live double album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on September 20, 2022, 04:51:06 PM
CELEBRATE by Good Good Blood.

https://foxfoodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate

What's it like? Well, as I've got older, I find it harder and harder to describe/categorise what a band sound like. I have no idea how to describe them, or even how I actually came across Good Good Blood! I've accumulated lots of their stuff alongside other bands on the Fox Food Records label. Somehow, I heard something, liked it, and here I am with their latest. Anyway, I guess the best description of their sound is "something that David MJS and Ian would probably agree on."

Cheers

Nick
 


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 20, 2022, 05:21:16 PM

CELEBRATE by Good Good Blood.

https://foxfoodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate

What's it like? Well, as I've got older, I find it harder and harder to describe/categorise what a band sound like. I have no idea how to describe them, or even how I actually came across Good Good Blood! I've accumulated lots of their stuff alongside other bands on the Fox Food Records label. Somehow, I heard something, liked it, and here I am with their latest. Anyway, I guess the best description of their sound is "something that David MJS and Ian would probably agree on."

Cheers

Nick
 


Lol.  Good stuff...I best have a listen then ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on September 20, 2022, 06:41:50 PM

CELEBRATE by Good Good Blood.

https://foxfoodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate

What's it like? Well, as I've got older, I find it harder and harder to describe/categorise what a band sound like. I have no idea how to describe them, or even how I actually came across Good Good Blood! I've accumulated lots of their stuff alongside other bands on the Fox Food Records label. Somehow, I heard something, liked it, and here I am with their latest. Anyway, I guess the best description of their sound is "something that David MJS and Ian would probably agree on."

Cheers

Nick
 


 This man has supernatural powers of prognostication!  :o

It IS rather good  :D ......Thanks so much Nick.

Meanwhile, I've been tucking into a mix put together by the webmaster of the 'Raven sings the blues' website - full of "cable knit riffs and soaring chamber melodies" :

https://www.mixcloud.com/RavenSingsTheBlues/way-behind-the-sun/


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on September 22, 2022, 01:14:33 PM
Thank you Col and Alan, muchos apprecianes, or simla.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 22, 2022, 01:43:25 PM

CELEBRATE by Good Good Blood.

https://foxfoodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate

What's it like? Well, as I've got older, I find it harder and harder to describe/categorise what a band sound like. I have no idea how to describe them, or even how I actually came across Good Good Blood! I've accumulated lots of their stuff alongside other bands on the Fox Food Records label. Somehow, I heard something, liked it, and here I am with their latest. Anyway, I guess the best description of their sound is "something that David MJS and Ian would probably agree on."

Cheers

Nick
 


Interesting!  It's far far too good to be released on a name your price digital only gig.  What do we know about Mr Smith, then?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on September 22, 2022, 06:11:13 PM


CELEBRATE by Good Good Blood.

https://foxfoodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate



Interesting!  It's far far too good to be released on a name your price digital only gig.  What do we know about Mr Smith, then?


He is very prolific, both as a writer/recorder and as a producer. Some stuff he puts up for pay-what-you-want on the Fox Food site, other stuff has a minimum charge (such as on the bands' own sites, e.g. https://goodgoodblood-tl.bandcamp.com/)

Fox Food Records has a big catalogue of interesting artists. I particularly recommend Old Amica, Yani Martinelli, and Captain.

One thing that should appeal is that Fox Food specialise in limited edition cassettes. Unfortunately, every cassette on the Merch page is sold out at the moment - you'll have to keep eyes open...  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 23, 2022, 02:19:49 PM
I'm not sure it's legal to admit this in public but, hey...Devolver, the new free download album from Ryan Adams

To my fans,
Today I want to say THANK YOU and I love you, in the language we speak to each other - with music. DEVOLVER is for you, please feel free to download for free - this is your party and this album is me celebrating you.
In my darkest moments you lifted me up, creatively and personally and that love was instrumental in how I got here today, to safety and in a place of healing - one year sober.
Please accept this album as token of my appreciation for all the love you have shown me through the years, for your encouragement to continue on when I didn’t think I could and for standing with me, rebuilding this dream house brick by brick.
Sometimes the trick is to strip it all back, to keep it so simple life has a way to throw you some curb balls - to devolve back into the apeman and embrace the wild spirit in our bones. This is that album and it has been my honor to have been given the chance to find myself and be myself fully - embracing my music and my life as it comes - in its own way - free of the patterns of the past.
So thank you. This one’s for you.
You are truly loved and appreciate with all that I am.
XO
DRA
DEVOLVER free download link: http://ryanadams.ffm.to/devolver.ofp
#RyanAdams #Devolver #Sober #Sobriety #NewMusicFriday


UPDATE: Some of it is dumb but catchy, some of it is just dumb.  Free is probably about the right price tbh.  Disappointing.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on September 24, 2022, 02:28:47 PM
Catching up on a couple of new releases that dropped through the letter box yesterday

Ian McNabb - Nabby Road. Still a bit early to judge this, sounds pretty good on first listen if maybe not quite as exceptional as his previous two.

The House of Love - State of Grace. Probably more of a Guy Chadwick solo effort now that he's cut the rest of the band adrift and brought in three replacements. Still a very strong album, Guy reckons it's the best set of songs he's written for years and I wouldn't disagree but would prefer if the other guys were still around.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on September 25, 2022, 10:08:58 AM


Ian McNabb - Nabby Road. Still a bit early to judge this, sounds pretty good on first listen if maybe not quite as exceptional as his previous two.


I got my copy of Nabby Road yesterday. Cut from the same cloth as his last trilogy of albums, Ian seems on a golden musical streak at the moment, long may it continue...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Field 7 is Heaven (Trev) on September 25, 2022, 11:07:34 AM
Saw the wonderful Kapreka's Constant at the Brasenose during this year's festival. I don't know if any other Talkawhilers other than Will Sawers were there.

The simply brilliant new Album "The Murder Wall " (about the attempts to climb the north face of the Eiger), its  has been on my car CD and on You tube a lot for me since. I think I love this one. Symphonic Prog at its very best.

For those who don't know them give this a try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_nPefoC9p4

 


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 28, 2022, 04:53:36 PM
Judee Sill's two albums for Asylum. I'm a recent convert. What an incredible talent she had for words and music. And what a bizarre and tragic life she led. She left behind some outstanding records though.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on September 28, 2022, 10:58:55 PM
Listening to albums from 1979. So much absolutely wonderful music that year.

Since you ask, "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC came out in 79. As did Blondie's "Eat To The Beat", Ry Cooder's "Bop 'Til You Drop", Hawkwind's "PXR5" and Joe Jackson''s absolutely immortal "Look Sharp!".

Prince, The Roches, Rickie Lee Jones, George Harrison, Mick Taylor and The Specials all brought out eponymously titled albums.

The Police's "Regatta De Blanc", Squeeze's "Cool For Cats", Supertramp's "Breakfast In America", Tangerine Dream's "Force Majeure", Roxy Music's "Manifesto" and Mr Zappa's quite obscene and definitely fabulous "Joe's Garage" all shuffled onto this mortal coil, along with Philip Glass' "Einstein On The Beach".

Joni Mitchell brought us "Mingus". Tom Petty's "Damn the Torpedoes" and Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" also appeared.

Not bad for the so-called "Punk" era.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on September 29, 2022, 09:29:48 AM

Listening to albums from 1979. So much absolutely wonderful music that year.

Since you ask, "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC came out in 79. As did Blondie's "Eat To The Beat", Ry Cooder's "Bop 'Til You Drop", Hawkwind's "PXR5" and Joe Jackson''s absolutely immortal "Look Sharp!".

Prince, The Roches, Rickie Lee Jones, George Harrison, Mick Taylor and The Specials all brought out eponymously titled albums.

The Police's "Regatta De Blanc", Squeeze's "Cool For Cats", Supertramp's "Breakfast In America", Tangerine Dream's "Force Majeure", Roxy Music's "Manifesto" and Mr Zappa's quite obscene and definitely fabulous "Joe's Garage" all shuffled onto this mortal coil, along with Philip Glass' "Einstein On The Beach".

Joni Mitchell brought us "Mingus". Tom Petty's "Damn the Torpedoes" and Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" also appeared.

Not bad for the so-called "Punk" era.


I'd add to that list After The Fire Laser Love, Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming, Bruce Cockburn's sublime Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws, Dire Straits Communique, Jethro Tull Stormwatch, Rush Hemispheres, Sky's first album, Steve Hackett Spectral Mornings and UFO's Strangers In The Night.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 29, 2022, 10:57:06 AM


Listening to albums from 1979. So much absolutely wonderful music that year.

Since you ask, "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC came out in 79. As did Blondie's "Eat To The Beat", Ry Cooder's "Bop 'Til You Drop", Hawkwind's "PXR5" and Joe Jackson''s absolutely immortal "Look Sharp!".

Prince, The Roches, Rickie Lee Jones, George Harrison, Mick Taylor and The Specials all brought out eponymously titled albums.

The Police's "Regatta De Blanc", Squeeze's "Cool For Cats", Supertramp's "Breakfast In America", Tangerine Dream's "Force Majeure", Roxy Music's "Manifesto" and Mr Zappa's quite obscene and definitely fabulous "Joe's Garage" all shuffled onto this mortal coil, along with Philip Glass' "Einstein On The Beach".

Joni Mitchell brought us "Mingus". Tom Petty's "Damn the Torpedoes" and Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" also appeared.

Not bad for the so-called "Punk" era.


I'd add to that list After The Fire Laser Love, Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming, Bruce Cockburn's sublime Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws, Dire Straits Communique, Jethro Tull Stormwatch, Rush Hemispheres, Sky's first album, Steve Hackett Spectral Mornings and UFO's Strangers In The Night.


And The Clash London Calling (despite often getting the greatest albumof the 80s tag, it was released in December 1979), Ellen Foley Nightout, Buggles Age of Plastic, David Bowie Lodger, Elvis Costello Armed Forces, Ian Hunter You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic, Neil Young Rust Never Sleeps, Nick Lowe Labour of Lust, Randy Newman Born Again, Nils Lofgren Nils and The Ruts The Crack

Yep, a pretty good year. I've always found George Harrison's 1979 album a bit bland though. Love the first two singles but it is one of my least favourite of his albums.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 29, 2022, 11:42:48 AM
Here's an illustrated guide to my favourite albums of 1979, in release order. I'm particularly fond of Nick Lowe, The Stranglers, Neil Young, Culture, The Clash, Dave Edmunds, and Serge Gainsbourg.

Jules



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on September 29, 2022, 12:19:48 PM
The Seventies definitely went out with a bit of a bang, quality-wise. My top twenty from '79 would look something like:

Toto - Hydra
Jefferson Starship - Freedom At Point Zero
Firefall - Elan
Toyah - Sheep Farming In Barnet
McGuinn, Clark & Hillman - S/T
Lindisfarne - The News
Kiss - Dynasty
Dan Fogelberg - Phoenix
Chris de Burgh - Crusader
The Henry Paul Band - Grey Ghost
Kansas - Monolith
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes
Gene Parsons - Melodies
REO Speedwagon - Nine Lives
Camel - I Can See Your House From Here
Alan Hull - Phantoms
Pablo Cruise - Part Of The Game
Magnum - II
Ronnie Lane - See Me
The Marshall Tucker Band - Running Like The Wind





Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on September 29, 2022, 01:52:00 PM
At least Jules has listed some Lp's I bought in 1979 , most others look like a list of who was on The Old Grey Whistle Test that year , plus I love the odd one that doesn't look right
 (Serge , Toyah)

Particularly liked Tom Verlaine's solo debut


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 29, 2022, 02:11:55 PM
'79 was "post-punk" central

PIL Metal Box; Wire 154; Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up; Fall - both Live at the Witch Trials and Dragnet

If I had to choose one album that sums up the year to me (in retrospect) it's got to be Rust Never Sleeps


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 29, 2022, 02:17:15 PM
What a great, diverse range of musical tastes on this board!  :D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 29, 2022, 03:43:50 PM

'79 was "post-punk" central

PIL Metal Box; Wire 154; Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up; Fall - both Live at the Witch Trials and Dragnet

If I had to choose one album that sums up the year to me (in retrospect) it's got to be Rust Never Sleeps


Probably a tie between Labour of Lust, Laser Love and You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic for me, though Schizophrenic was the one I was obsessed with at the time.

London Calling, being released so late in the year, dominated the first half of my 1980.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 29, 2022, 04:17:38 PM
Laughing to myself once again over the fact that Wayne and I have not one record in common.

Jules



Edit: Correction: one album


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 29, 2022, 04:25:49 PM

Laughing to myself once again over the fact that Wayne and I have not one record in common.

Jules


Er...Damn The Torpedoes? I'm slightly surprised you don't have the McGuinn, Clarke & Hillman record too. Having said that, I don't either despite being a Byrds fan.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 29, 2022, 04:39:01 PM


Laughing to myself once again over the fact that Wayne and I have not one record in common.

Jules


Er...Damn The Torpedoes? I'm slightly surprised you don't have the McGuinn, Clarke & Hillman record too. Having said that, I don't either despite being a Byrds fan.


Apologies, yes, one album.

MC&H were far from great. I like the odd song here and there, but it was music made out of second guessing. The Byrds had been trailblazers. Here they were also-rans.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 29, 2022, 05:08:19 PM
Forgot a crucial one earlier. The Pretenders debut album, one of my all time favourites, released 27 December 1979


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 29, 2022, 05:26:31 PM

Forgot a crucial one earlier. The Pretenders debut album, one of my all time favourites, released 27 December 1979


I think it was late December here and early January 1980 in the States. Most listings have it as a 1980 release, but if we're saying '79, then I would agree.

Nilso Lofgren looks like Adam Ant on that LP cover.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 29, 2022, 05:38:47 PM


Nils Lofgren looks like Adam Ant on that LP cover.

Jules


Hmmm, I'm not seeing it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on September 29, 2022, 08:51:12 PM
When the Day is Done, first solo album by Ali Heath from Alfa 9. Streaming only atm, physical to come shortly, really excellent album.

Not Quite the American Dream, new album from Diesel Park West with a CD of demos thrown in too.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on September 30, 2022, 10:56:28 AM

When the Day is Done, first solo album by Ali Heath from Alfa 9. Streaming only atm, physical to come shortly, really excellent album.




Must listen to that . Saw him once solo and his songs were brilliant. Normally a bass player he was playing a 12 string strung like a six string because his fingers were so big. Phil from Alfa 9 should be mentioned in my interview for the new Fairport book.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on September 30, 2022, 10:57:22 AM


Laughing to myself once again over the fact that Wayne and I have not one record in common.

Jules


Er...Damn The Torpedoes? I'm slightly surprised you don't have the McGuinn, Clarke & Hillman record too. Having said that, I don't either despite being a Byrds fan.


I have every Byrds album but dont have that.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on September 30, 2022, 11:01:14 AM

Laughing to myself once again over the fact that Wayne and I have not one record in common.

Jules



Edit: Correction: one album


Just the Lindisfarne for me and I have shedloads from that era.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Kevin M on September 30, 2022, 11:21:11 AM
New Springsteen single from forthcoming album of soul covers. As good as you’d expect, but not very different from original to my ears.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 30, 2022, 12:27:05 PM
I'm in an REM mood, which may or may not be a good thing  :-\

Currently Automatic for the People but shall pick one next at random - possibly Out of Time or their last Collapse in to Now

I'm so glad I saw them before they split  :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 30, 2022, 05:04:49 PM
Yet another appalling Neil release upcoming, chaps...

Trite lyrics, dire lazy instrumentation, repeated tropes...  It's hideous.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oscgx4g4fDk


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on September 30, 2022, 05:48:59 PM

Laughing to myself once again over the fact that Wayne and I have not one record in common.

Jules



Edit: Correction: one album


  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 30, 2022, 07:59:15 PM

Yet another appalling Neil release upcoming, chaps...

Trite lyrics, dire lazy instrumentation, repeated tropes...  It's hideous.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oscgx4g4fDk


But who cares when hhe has given us Toast this year, which is nothing short of a masterpiece.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on September 30, 2022, 08:55:32 PM

But who cares when hhe has given us Toast this year, which is nothing short of a masterpiece.


You think it's that good, eh?

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 30, 2022, 09:02:11 PM


But who cares when hhe has given us Toast this year, which is nothing short of a masterpiece.


You think it's that good, eh?

Jules


I've heard the first 3 tracks from it and wasn't interested in hearing any more.  This reminds me of conversations with a great mate about every new Stones album after Tattoo You.  It's become a joke now that he declares them all masterpieces, and then 6 months later admits they had 2 decent tracks.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 30, 2022, 09:25:24 PM


But who cares when hhe has given us Toast this year, which is nothing short of a masterpiece.


You think it's that good, eh?

Jules


I do. Masterpiece may be a slight exaggeration but it is top drawer. The best think he has put out since Sleeps With Angels and actually better than that album for my money. The only thing that comes close in the interim is Psychedelic Pill (which, much as I like it, rambles on a bit). As an archive release it is better than Hitchiker and better than Homegrown, though they are all very different albums. I have listened to it repeatedly since release.  It is a 5 star album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 30, 2022, 09:37:16 PM



But who cares when hhe has given us Toast this year, which is nothing short of a masterpiece.


You think it's that good, eh?

Jules


I've heard the first 3 tracks from it and wasn't interested in hearing any more.  This reminds me of conversations with a great mate about every new Stones album after Tattoo You.  It's become a joke now that he declares them all masterpieces, and then 6 months later admits they had 2 decent tracks.


Let's not fall out on the last proper day of TAW ;D. But that is a little insulting. I have never defended most of NY's output from the last 20 or so years. I like bits of it, some of Chrome Dreams II, Psychedelic Pill, some of Storytone. I don't return to very much else. I thought the last Crazy Horse album was patchy and the one before was poor. But every track on Toast is a delight to me. I will concede that the opening track on the album is not the strongest but it grows on repeat listening. Gateway of Love is up there with his best and the final track is a thing of haunting beauty.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 01, 2022, 12:20:45 AM
I find Neil Young a tad inconsistent but I've been thoroughly enjoying Barn.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 01, 2022, 10:59:21 AM

I have never defended most of NY's output from the last 20 or so years. I like bits of it, some of Chrome Dreams II, Psychedelic Pill, some of Storytone. I don't return to very much else. I thought the last Crazy Horse album was patchy and the one before was poor. But every track on Toast is a delight to me. I will concede that the opening track on the album is not the strongest but it grows on repeat listening. Gateway of Love is up there with his best and the final track is a thing of haunting beauty.


I can chime with all of these opinions, Gub. CDII and PP woud be the two Neil albums from the last 20 years that I enjoyed most too. When I played Toast through, I felt the same about the last track. I need to get the thing bought and dive in properly.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on October 01, 2022, 11:58:19 AM
I'm still struggling with the idea that there might be a second track on all Stones Lp's since Tattoo You that's worth listening to .Does the second one grow on you after repeated listening's ....that's a big ask .
Last new LP by the Stones in my collection was Emotional Rescue !!!

On a positive note TAW has introduced me to so much that would have otherwise passed me by , through recommendations ,both new stuff through to stuff that I should have investigated long ago

So I will say a big thank you , to those who take the time to post on here regularly , because without you , there was no point Colin putting the hours in


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on October 01, 2022, 05:35:22 PM
I've been listening to Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk' this afternoon. I haven't listened to this in an age and I'd forgotten just how much I liked it. There's some decent tracks here, for sure. I remember Lyndsey Buckingham saying that the Warner Bros executives first heard it just before it was released and when they realised it wasn't 'Rumours Part 2' they could see their bonuses flying out of the window ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on October 02, 2022, 07:17:43 PM
In the car en route to a duathlon today:  a free CD from Mojo of works that (may have) influenced The Beatles - can't beat a bit of Stockhausen while on the Swindon "bypass"; then the latest Miles Davis Bootleg set (Vol. 7).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 02, 2022, 11:37:35 PM
Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 03, 2022, 09:01:18 AM

Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


I keep meaning to get this.  Must rectify.  One of my all time favourite bands at Cropredy - that 1994 slot was brilliant.  No idea if its true but I remember them mostly wearing grey suits and looking utterly dull but playing the most amazing set of psychedelic influenced Welsh rock.  I saw them 2 or 3 times afterwards as well...once at the Patti (with the Racehorses supporting) in the late 90s.  Great, great band.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 03, 2022, 09:13:24 AM
John Martyn  :  Sapphire  (Island 2CD, 2015).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 03, 2022, 04:26:23 PM

Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


Sticking with a vaguely Man theme, I picked up a twofer CD of The Neutrons' albums, recently, along with Alkatraz' only release. Very enjoyable, indeed.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 03, 2022, 04:46:17 PM


Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


Sticking with a vaguely Man theme, I picked up a twofer CD of The Neutrons' albums, recently, along with Alkatraz' only release. Very enjoyable, indeed.


Don't know anything about this/them...what's the connection with Man?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 03, 2022, 06:09:52 PM



Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


Sticking with a vaguely Man theme, I picked up a twofer CD of The Neutrons' albums, recently, along with Alkatraz' only release. Very enjoyable, indeed.


Don't know anything about this/them...what's the connection with Man?


Phil Ryan & Will Youatt.

They were both in The Neutrons, who, on their first album, also featured Gentle Giant's John Weathers on drums and violinist Stuart Gordon, who's played with everybody from Peter Gabriel to Massive Attack. After The Neutrons' demise, Will formed Alkatraz with his former Quicksand bandmate, Jimmy Davies.

Both bands are worth a listen, I think.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on October 04, 2022, 11:46:38 AM
Neutrons are/were great (esp the 1st LP).

Must search out Alkatraz... Cheers!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 04, 2022, 12:59:55 PM




Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


Sticking with a vaguely Man theme, I picked up a twofer CD of The Neutrons' albums, recently, along with Alkatraz' only release. Very enjoyable, indeed.


Don't know anything about this/them...what's the connection with Man?


Phil Ryan & Will Youatt.

They were both in The Neutrons, who, on their first album, also featured Gentle Giant's John Weathers on drums and violinist Stuart Gordon, who's played with everybody from Peter Gabriel to Massive Attack. After The Neutrons' demise, Will formed Alkatraz with his former Quicksand bandmate, Jimmy Davies.

Both bands are worth a listen, I think.


Saw Alcatraz once , it may well have been supporting Man.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 04, 2022, 01:01:45 PM


Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


I keep meaning to get this.  Must rectify.  One of my all time favourite bands at Cropredy - that 1994 slot was brilliant.  No idea if its true but I remember them mostly wearing grey suits and looking utterly dull but playing the most amazing set of psychedelic influenced Welsh rock.  I saw them 2 or 3 times afterwards as well...once at the Patti (with the Racehorses supporting) in the late 90s.  Great, great band.
It was great wasnt it . i think the instrumental intro to the first number lasted 25 minutes. Something I'd normally shy away from but not this time.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 04, 2022, 02:46:45 PM


Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


I keep meaning to get this.  Must rectify.  One of my all time favourite bands at Cropredy - that 1994 slot was brilliant.  No idea if its true but I remember them mostly wearing grey suits and looking utterly dull but playing the most amazing set of psychedelic influenced Welsh rock.  I saw them 2 or 3 times afterwards as well...once at the Patti (with the Racehorses supporting) in the late 90s.  Great, great band.


I think I've mentioned this before but I did video the Cropredy set. A very brief flirtation with videoing gigs of which this was the third and last. I still have the tapes, found them stored in a crate when we were moving house last year. Hopefully this will inspire me to finally get it transferred onto the PC and author a DVD from it. You're welcome to a copy of course, but don't hold your breath!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 04, 2022, 02:48:22 PM



Man - Life on the Road - On Air 1972-1983. Only just started working my way through the 4 CDs and 2 DVDs in this new box set. Quite a lot of this has been out before but on long out-of-print releases, so it's good to have what amounts to virtually all their remaining UK radio and TV sessions in one place. The 1974 Horizon video is, for me, the jewel here, I remember bunking off school just to see this at the time back in those pre-video days, amazing that this BBC Schools programme managed to escape the Beeb's mass wiping policy in the 70s.


I keep meaning to get this.  Must rectify.  One of my all time favourite bands at Cropredy - that 1994 slot was brilliant.  No idea if its true but I remember them mostly wearing grey suits and looking utterly dull but playing the most amazing set of psychedelic influenced Welsh rock.  I saw them 2 or 3 times afterwards as well...once at the Patti (with the Racehorses supporting) in the late 90s.  Great, great band.


I think I've mentioned this before but I did video the Cropredy set. A very brief flirtation with videoing gigs of which this was the third and last. I still have the tapes, found them stored in a crate when we were moving house last year. Hopefully this will inspire me to finally get it transferred onto the PC and author a DVD from it. You're welcome to a copy of course, but don't hold your breath!



Oh, good good man.  I'm putting a note in my 2023 diary to remind you...  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 07, 2022, 07:59:33 AM
Spirit of Clive : A Tribute To The Music Of Clive Palmer & Cob

£12 is a tad on the pricey side for a non physical release in my book, but this is sounding rather wonderful nonetheless.  Alex's Chain of Love alone is worth the price of admission...

https://spiritofclive.bandcamp.com/album/spirit-of-clive-a-tribute-to-the-music-of-clive-palmer-cob


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on October 07, 2022, 10:42:57 AM
Some albums from 1982. Classics and otherwise, these still get played.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 07, 2022, 11:30:22 AM
Currently reading Keith & Monika Domone's biography of Barclay James Harvest which has inspired me go through their discography chronologically. What a brilliant band! Hardly any misfires through twenty plus albums even after the blow of losing Woolly Wolstenholme and Les & John's Great Schism.

Speaking of Woolly, I've got the Maestoso boxed set ready to go next!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 07, 2022, 11:43:47 AM

Some albums from 1982. Classics and otherwise, these still get played.


I'm mirroring mine and Andy's exchange on Twitter here, by posting my picks from the same year (in release order).

Jules



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 07, 2022, 01:01:50 PM
1982 wouldn't be complete without The Motels.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 07, 2022, 01:16:28 PM

Currently reading Keith & Monika Domone's biography of Barclay James Harvest which has inspired me go through their discography chronologically. What a brilliant band! Hardly any misfires through twenty plus albums even after the blow of losing Woolly Wolstenholme and Les & John's Great Schism.

Speaking of Woolly, I've got the Maestoso boxed set ready to go next!
Berlin came out in 1982 didn't it?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 07, 2022, 02:26:05 PM
I'm not sure I need to do my 1982 albums. It would be a sort of mash up of Andy's & Jules's. I'll check if there are any surprises though.

In the meantime I am listening to a 1985 album, the self-titled debut by The Dream Academy.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 07, 2022, 03:06:26 PM
A few extras from 1982, including possibly my favourite album of the year (except for The Nightfly which Andy has already listed and I have accidentally duplicated here).

Not sure why two of them are duplicated. Quirk of the collage software.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 07, 2022, 04:30:05 PM
1982 was the year I first started taking a serious interest in music having been bought record player and a few HMV vouchers for Christmas, 1981. These are probably my top 20 from the year:

Lindisfarne - Sleepless Nights
Arizona Smoke Review - New Album
Chris de Burgh - The Getaway
REO Speedwagon - Good Trouble
Toto - IV
Asia - S/T
Chris Hillman - Morning Sky
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Long After Dark
Kansas - Vinyl Confessions
The Albion Band - Light Shining
Goanna - Spirit Of Place
The Sweet - Identity Crisis
Night Ranger - Dawn Patrol
Nanci Griffith - Poet In My Window
38 Special - Special Forces
Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
Jethro Tull - The Broadsword & The Beast
Magnum - Chase The Dragon
Gordon Lightfoot - Shadows
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Daylight Again


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 07, 2022, 05:40:15 PM


The Sweet - Identity Crisis




So you're the bloke that bought it, then....  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 07, 2022, 05:46:13 PM

Not sure why two of them are duplicated. Quirk of the collage software.


Yeah, yeah, bllame the software. ;)

Personally I find it very hard to stay in the same room as 80s Elton.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 07, 2022, 05:47:41 PM



The Sweet - Identity Crisis


So you're the bloke that bought it, then....  ;) ;D


 ;D ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 07, 2022, 06:05:22 PM


Not sure why two of them are duplicated. Quirk of the collage software.


Yeah, yeah, bllame the software. ;)

Personally I find it very hard to stay in the same room as 80s Elton.

Jules


I largely agree after '83 but I really like the Too Low For Zero album and Jump Up contains two of my favourite Elton songs, Empty Garden (his moving Lennon tribute) and All Quiet On The Western Front.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 07, 2022, 06:07:11 PM



The Sweet - Identity Crisis




So you're the bloke that bought it, then....  ;) ;D


 I think Andy Scott's dad bought a sympathy copy too.  ;D

Great album, though!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on October 07, 2022, 06:34:49 PM
Not sure what I was buying back in 82 but along with Gone Troppo and S&G in Central Park these were the only new releases and I think Hot Space was the only one I bought that year.

Queen - Hot Space
Iron Maiden  - The Number of the Beast
Talking Heads - The Name of this Band is Talking Heads
The Damned - Strawberries

Back on topic I'm listening to Natalie Merchant Live in Concert NYC 1999


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on October 07, 2022, 11:59:18 PM
The only thing I remember buying in 1982 was Robert Wyatts,  Nothing Can Stop Us album despite having all the singles


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on October 08, 2022, 12:14:31 AM
In fact the first bit of music my eldest daughter ever heard was the single Caimanera from Wyatts LP, the day she  came home from the maternity ward May 1980 . Sadly it didn't instill any musical sense in her .


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 08, 2022, 09:32:51 AM
Following my trip to see him live, Ralph McTell s Hill of Beans. (Leola CD, 2019).

I know now why I haven't played it much. There are enough good songs on there,  but I don't care for the way it's been recorded. Sounds like there's some compression gone on there, or something else.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on October 08, 2022, 11:35:14 AM
Uriah Heep.

They were fab.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 08, 2022, 12:56:10 PM

Uriah Heep.

They were fab.


Decent.  A friend of mine was telling me they'd bought a new cheap as chips 6CD box set - Choices....it sounds a bit of a rubbish idea - 6 members choose their faves, but it's still a lot of Heep for not much dough.  I saw them once in the mid-80s with some temporary lead singer...and they weren't very good but then I saw them in the early Shaw years and they were vastly improved.  The brief period with John Wetton has to be a high point for me though...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 08, 2022, 02:42:29 PM
The Whitmore Sisters Ghost Stories


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Glen S on October 08, 2022, 03:44:24 PM


Uriah Heep.

They were fab.


Decent.  A friend of mine was telling me they'd bought a new cheap as chips 6CD box set - Choices....it sounds a bit of a rubbish idea - 6 members choose their faves, but it's still a lot of Heep for not much dough.  I saw them once in the mid-80s with some temporary lead singer...and they weren't very good but then I saw them in the early Shaw years and they were vastly improved.  The brief period with John Wetton has to be a high point for me though...


I saw Uriah Heep at the New Theatre Oxford (very early 80s), at a time when pretty much every band booked there was part of the so called "New Wave of British Heavy Metal"...They were excellent if I recall, & the bass player was the late great Trevor Bolder of The Spiders from Mars... 8)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 08, 2022, 06:08:30 PM



Uriah Heep.

They were fab.


Decent.  A friend of mine was telling me they'd bought a new cheap as chips 6CD box set - Choices....it sounds a bit of a rubbish idea - 6 members choose their faves, but it's still a lot of Heep for not much dough.  I saw them once in the mid-80s with some temporary lead singer...and they weren't very good but then I saw them in the early Shaw years and they were vastly improved.  The brief period with John Wetton has to be a high point for me though...


I saw Uriah Heep at the New Theatre Oxford (very early 80s), at a time when pretty much every band booked there was part of the so called "New Wave of British Heavy Metal"...They were excellent if I recall, & the bass player was the late great Trevor Bolder of The Spiders from Mars... 8)


I think I saw the same tour. If it was the one with Spider and Samson I thought the bands got progressively worse as the evening went on. It wasn’t their finest era. OOAA.  ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 08, 2022, 06:19:14 PM

Uriah Heep.

They were fab.
Going to see them on Tuesday at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Last saw them in Bristol in 2015 and before that 1976 with the (IMHO) classic lineup.

Michael “Mick” Box is the only original member so Michael “Mike” Box is hoping for a mention…   ::)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on October 08, 2022, 07:07:37 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Simon Withers on October 08, 2022, 09:32:23 PM
I have recently been handed a copy of Door One, David Longdon's posthumous solo album. It is released on 14th October. It is a beautiful album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 08, 2022, 09:48:51 PM

Uriah Heep.

They were fab.


I'm just getting into them really.

I've enjoyed the Pete Goalby AOR era, since Equator was originally released but recently I've picked up a few Bernie Shaw albums, and just last weekend, snagged my first "classic" line-up album - Wonderworld - which, on early acquaintance, is a very good listen.

Looking forward to checking out more of their catalogue.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on October 09, 2022, 01:05:03 PM
I saw Heep way back in 1972 at Liverpool Stadium and again in 1973 - the 'classic' line up and they were great.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on October 09, 2022, 01:28:35 PM



Uriah Heep.

They were fab.


Decent.  A friend of mine was telling me they'd bought a new cheap as chips 6CD box set - Choices....it sounds a bit of a rubbish idea - 6 members choose their faves, but it's still a lot of Heep for not much dough.  I saw them once in the mid-80s with some temporary lead singer...and they weren't very good but then I saw them in the early Shaw years and they were vastly improved.  The brief period with John Wetton has to be a high point for me though...


I saw Uriah Heep at the New Theatre Oxford (very early 80s), at a time when pretty much every band booked there was part of the so called "New Wave of British Heavy Metal"...They were excellent if I recall, & the bass player was the late great Trevor Bolder of The Spiders from Mars... 8)


I'm very pleased to have a signed copy of Abominog with Trevor's signature (although Bob Daisley played on the record.)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on October 10, 2022, 02:30:07 PM
Lots of Roxy in advance of seeing them on wednesday, and lots of Crim in advance of the new box


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on October 10, 2022, 03:49:40 PM
I think my brother had a copy of Abominog. I seem to remember enjoying it back then, but can't remember much about it now.

As for what I was buying in 1982, I can't remember exactly, but albums from that year I still listen to now include:

Asia - s/t
ATF - Batteries Not Included
Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky
BJH - Berlin
Chris de Burgh - The Getaway
Clannad - Fuaim
Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
JJ Cale - Grasshopper
Jerusalem - Warrior
Jethro Tull - Broadsword & the Beast
Magnum - Chase The Dragon
Mike Oldfield - Five Miles Out
R< - Shoot Out The Lights
Roxy Music - Avalon
Rush - Signals
Saga - In Transit
Saxon - The Eagle Has Landed
Twelfth Night - Fact & Fiction

And I bought a copy of that BJH biography recently, but it is still on my shelf of 'books to read'.  Soon...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 10, 2022, 05:07:04 PM
Robyn Hitchcock - Shufflemania, which seems to only be available online at present. His best for a while I reckon and good to see Kimberely Rew and Morris Windsor both putting in appearances.

The Bevis Frond - The Clocks. A very welcome limited edition reissue of Nick's 2007 self-released album, having missed out on it first time around.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 10, 2022, 06:44:29 PM

Robyn Hitchcock - Shufflemania, which seems to only be available online at present. His best for a while I reckon and good to see Kimberely Rew and Morris Windsor both putting in appearances.

The Bevis Frond - The Clocks. A very welcome limited edition reissue of Nick's 2007 self-released album, having missed out on it first time around.


Although a somewhat different tracklisting I believe?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 10, 2022, 10:45:07 PM


Robyn Hitchcock - Shufflemania, which seems to only be available online at present. His best for a while I reckon and good to see Kimberely Rew and Morris Windsor both putting in appearances.

The Bevis Frond - The Clocks. A very welcome limited edition reissue of Nick's 2007 self-released album, having missed out on it first time around.


Although a somewhat different tracklisting I believe?


I think about four tracks are different and the order has been changed, no idea why though.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 11, 2022, 12:15:08 AM

I think about four tracks are different and the order has been changed, no idea why though.


Revisionism. Sometimes, but not always, a bad thing. It is often tempting for an artist to fiddle with things when reissue time comes along. They often want the chance to set things right which they weren't happy with the first time around.
Nilsson re-recorded and remixed parts of many of his songs when a compilation of his first two LPs was released in 1971.
Grateful Dead likewise remixed two of their late 60s LPs in the early 70s.
The surviving Beatles oversaw the release of Let It Be... Naked which rejigged the contents of the original Let It Be, and there have obviously been many successful Beatles remix projects since.
More recently, R.E.M. issued a remixed version of Monster (with only partial success, in my opinion).
Kevin Rowland revised Don't Stand Me Down twice (wherein it gained an extra song or two) and now a remixed Too-Rye-Ay is set for release.
Taylor Swift has also been remaking whole albums, in order to do them her own way.  There are many, many other examples.
I quite enjoy comparing and contrasting these revisions.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 11, 2022, 08:47:44 AM


I think about four tracks are different and the order has been changed, no idea why though.


Revisionism. Sometimes, but not always, a bad thing. It is often tempting for an artist to fiddle with things when reissue time comes along. They often want the chance to set things right which they weren't happy with the first time around.
Nilsson re-recorded and remixed parts of many of his songs when a compilation of his first two LPs was released in 1971.
Grateful Dead likewise remixed two of their late 60s LPs in the early 70s.
The surviving Beatles oversaw the release of Let It Be... Naked which rejigged the contents of the original Let It Be, and there have obviously been many successful Beatles remix projects since.
More recently, R.E.M. issued a remixed version of Monster (with only partial success, in my opinion).
Kevin Rowland revised Don't Stand Me Down twice (wherein it gained an extra song or two) and now a remixed Too-Rye-Ay is set for release.
Taylor Swift has also been remaking whole albums, in order to do them her own way.  There are many, many other examples.
I quite enjoy comparing and contrasting these revisions.

Jules


The Taylor situation is slightly different, isn't it...it's not (at least originally) for artistic reasons at all...it's entirely down to legally trying to reclaim those works from the clutches of what she regards (probably correctly) as coercive managerial/financial control.

You're right though - "sometimes, but not always, a bad thing."  I think that's correct. I might go so far as to change the sometimes for a normally


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: steve-n on October 11, 2022, 09:45:10 AM
And,according to yesterday's press, Mike Batt has trashed all the original Wombles tapes to prevent them being altered in any way.
Still haven't decided whether this is good or bad........


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 11, 2022, 10:53:57 AM

And,according to yesterday's press, Mike Batt has trashed all the original Wombles tapes to prevent them being altered in any way.
Still haven't decided whether this is good or bad........


Rather than trash them, I hope he took them to Tobermory to repurpose in some way.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Sue & Chris on October 11, 2022, 11:04:12 AM
'Soft Spot' - new album by The California Honeydrops. Very nice.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on October 11, 2022, 12:10:29 PM
Been listening to Steeleye Span's 'Tempted and Tried' this morning. A little gem of an album, with not a dud anywhere to be found in its track listing.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 11, 2022, 12:31:36 PM
A friend of mine has sent me a Jon Boden CD. I know the name from these very pages, but have never heard a note. I hope I'm in for a treat.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 11, 2022, 12:46:58 PM

A friend of mine has sent me a Jon Boden CD. I know the name from these very pages, but have never heard a note. I hope I'm in for a treat.

Jules


You'll be telling me you've never heard any Bellowhead next...

Which album...Songs from the Floodplain is my favourite.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 11, 2022, 01:12:11 PM


A friend of mine has sent me a Jon Boden CD. I know the name from these very pages, but have never heard a note. I hope I'm in for a treat.

Jules


You'll be telling me you've never heard any Bellowhead next...

Which album...Songs from the Floodplain is my favourite.


Mine too. Interested to hear what Jules thinks of him!  :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 11, 2022, 01:17:58 PM

You'll be telling me you've never heard any Bellowhead next...

Which album...Songs from the Floodplain is my favourite.


David, I haven't heard any Bellowhead. Well, maybe a track in passing, years ago.

It's called Painted Lady. His first solo record, according to Wiki.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 11, 2022, 01:26:07 PM


You'll be telling me you've never heard any Bellowhead next...

Which album...Songs from the Floodplain is my favourite.


David, I haven't heard any Bellowhead. Well, maybe a track in passing, years ago.

It's called Painted Lady. His first solo record, according to Wiki.

Jules



I once went out with a girl where the final row was about whether she'd heard any Moody Blues or not.  I insisted she would have done.  She was getting furious with me for telling her what she'd heard or not.  I then went and got said Moody Blues track she would have heard, played it and she said "Oh, well, I've obviously heard that one, but definitely nothing else".  My bags were packed...  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 11, 2022, 03:10:18 PM

I once went out with a girl where the final row was about whether she'd heard any Moody Blues or not.  I insisted she would have done.  She was getting furious with me for telling her what she'd heard or not.  I then went and got said Moody Blues track she would have heard, played it and she said "Oh, well, I've obviously heard that one, but definitely nothing else".  My bags were packed...  ;) ;D


Blimey, I've weathered far more contentious storms than that without so much as slamming the door.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 11, 2022, 07:43:53 PM

Interested to hear what Jules thinks of him!  :)


I like it. It sounds nothing like I was expecting, and I didn't even know what I was expecting. It sounds more contemporary with more elements of Americana than I thought it would have, I guess. Beefy production. Hints of Tom Waits in there, yet there's also some folk too.

Not sure if it'll get many plays, but I'm enjoying it this time around.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 11, 2022, 07:49:03 PM


You'll be telling me you've never heard any Bellowhead next...

Which album...Songs from the Floodplain is my favourite.


David, I haven't heard any Bellowhead. Well, maybe a track in passing, years ago.

It's called Painted Lady. His first solo record, according to Wiki.

Jules

I bought it from a charity shop for 25 p before I'd heard of him or the dreaded. Didn't get half way through. Good job I don't smoke.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 11, 2022, 10:42:39 PM


Interested to hear what Jules thinks of him!  :)


I like it. It sounds nothing like I was expecting, and I didn't even know what I was expecting. It sounds more contemporary with more elements of Americana than I thought it would have, I guess. Beefy production. Hints of Tom Waits in there, yet there's also some folk too.

Not sure if it'll get many plays, but I'm enjoying it this time around.

Jules


He is one of those artists who I just can't get past his voice. As someone who would happily listen to Bob Dylan croak the phone book I appreciate the problem is very much with me and not with Mr Boden but every time I hear him he sounds like Withnail to me and I expect him to lament having gone on holiday by mistake.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 11, 2022, 11:32:39 PM

Been listening to Steeleye Span's 'Tempted and Tried' this morning. A little gem of an album, with not a dud anywhere to be found in its track listing.


The first time I saw them in concert was on the Tempted & Tried tour. They played a very quiet (maybe a third full) Oxford Apollo. They didn't let the sparse crowd put them off though. They were excellent. Turned me into a fan. Happily, they regained their audience as the Nineties wore on. When I saw them at The Apollo on the Time tour, it was heaving.

Bought the album on the merchandise stall and still play it fairly regularly. As you say, a little gem.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bob Barrows on October 12, 2022, 01:33:43 AM


You'll be telling me you've never heard any Bellowhead next...

Which album...Songs from the Floodplain is my favourite.


David, I haven't heard any Bellowhead. Well, maybe a track in passing, years ago.

It's called Painted Lady. His first solo record, according to Wiki.

Jules

It's got one of my favorite songs by him: 'Josephine'.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 12, 2022, 10:12:48 AM


Interested to hear what Jules thinks of him!  :)


I like it. It sounds nothing like I was expecting, and I didn't even know what I was expecting. It sounds more contemporary with more elements of Americana than I thought it would have, I guess. Beefy production. Hints of Tom Waits in there, yet there's also some folk too.

Not sure if it'll get many plays, but I'm enjoying it this time around.

Jules

Painted Lady is Ok but, as others have said, his voice can be challenging to listen to for extended periods. At least with Bellowhead there are instrumentals! I'm still hugely looking forward to seeing them in November  :P



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on October 12, 2022, 02:23:31 PM


Interested to hear what Jules thinks of him!  :)


I like it. It sounds nothing like I was expecting, and I didn't even know what I was expecting. It sounds more contemporary with more elements of Americana than I thought it would have, I guess. Beefy production. Hints of Tom Waits in there, yet there's also some folk too.

Not sure if it'll get many plays, but I'm enjoying it this time around.

Jules


Painted Lady is ok, but not particularly special - Jon's 'Pop Star' album. I remember joking with Squeezy that every folkie is duty bound to release a pop star album at some time.

Then Jon wrote Songs From The Floodplain.

It was a bit like following Radiohead from Pablo Honey to OK Computer.

Meanwhile, I'm listening to Thea Gilmore - Recorded Delivery at the moment, with Regardless lined up to follow.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 12, 2022, 02:37:27 PM



Painted Lady is ok, but not particularly special - Jon's 'Pop Star' album. I remember joking with Squeezy that every folkie is duty bound to release a pop star album at some time.

Then Jon wrote Songs From The Floodplain.

It was a bit like following Radiohead from Pablo Honey to OK Computer.




Totally agree with Nick here... it's a real "what the hell happened there" transition...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on October 12, 2022, 03:23:12 PM
Interested to hear what Jules thinks of him!  :)

I like it. It sounds nothing like I was expecting, and I didn't even know what I was expecting. It sounds more contemporary with more elements of Americana than I thought it would have, I guess. Beefy production. Hints of Tom Waits in there, yet there's also some folk too.

Not sure if it'll get many plays, but I'm enjoying it this time around.

Jules

Painted Lady is ok, but not particularly special - Jon's 'Pop Star' album. I remember joking with Squeezy that every folkie is duty bound to release a pop star album at some time.

Then Jon wrote Songs From The Floodplain.

It was a bit like following Radiohead from Pablo Honey to OK Computer.

Meanwhile, I'm listening to Thea Gilmore - Recorded Delivery at the moment, with Regardless lined up to follow.

Cheers

Nick

I always regard 'Regardless' as Thea's pop star album. It seemed that she was really going for it - everything but the kitchen sink on that CD. 'Recorded Delivery' has one of my favourite songs of hers, 'You and Frank Sinatra'.  As an aside, she seems to have abandoned the alternative persona idea and is referring to herself as 'Thea Gilmore' once again.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 12, 2022, 03:27:30 PM


I always regard 'Regardless' as Thea's pop star album. It seemed that she was really going for it - everything but the kitchen sink on that CD. 'Recorded Delivery' has one of my favourite songs of hers, 'You and Frank Sinatra'. As an aside, she seems to have abandoned the alternative persona idea and is referring to herself as 'Thea Gilmore' once again.


If I understand it correctly I think the idea is that both 'projects' go side by side...and there will be further themed work under the Afterlight moniker.  I might have got that wrong though...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on October 12, 2022, 03:57:58 PM
All the chat about 1982 reminded me of this:
‘Live at Womad, 1982’.  A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the festival.  It is a very decent 2-cd compilation, with contributions from Peter Gabriel, The Beat, Pigbag, The Chieftains, Peter Hammill, Fripp, theDrummers of Burundi, and many others.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on October 13, 2022, 04:08:29 PM

I always regard 'Regardless' as Thea's pop star album. It seemed that she was really going for it - everything but the kitchen sink on that CD. 'Recorded Delivery' has one of my favourite songs of hers, 'You and Frank Sinatra'.  As an aside, she seems to have abandoned the alternative persona idea and is referring to herself as 'Thea Gilmore' once again.


Yes, Regardless does feel like a shot for commercial recognition, not unlike the earlier Avalanche, but with more strings. There are strong moments on both those albums I think though.

Thea's probably not likely to play You and Frank Sinatra again, unfortunately (It's a Nigel song...)

And yes, Afterlight does seem to be being downplayed now. The upcoming tour is in her name. Also, the songs she produces for her Patreon subscription service are being credited as her again (and these were the main source of the material that inspired and appeared on the Afterlight album.)

Then again, Thea could call herself Clarence and sing the phone book and I'd still be happy to listen.

Cheers

Nick




Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on October 13, 2022, 06:01:26 PM
I didn't realise that song was by Nigel. Oh well, she's written so many wonderful songs. I'm looking forward to seeing her on tour next month.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 13, 2022, 07:52:11 PM
I love Nigel, he's a dear online pal. I'm sorry things didn't work out for them.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 13, 2022, 08:24:38 PM

I'm sorry things didn't work out for them.


Probably best if I button my lip on that one...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 13, 2022, 10:28:19 PM


I'm sorry things didn't work out for them.


Probably best if I button my lip on that one...


I know nothing about what went down. None of my business. I'm sure there's more than one version of events. There always is.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 14, 2022, 12:03:47 PM
A compilation set of CDs called Peephole in my Brain - The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971, which is so far up my street it's built a 4-bed detached with hot tub and garden office!  :D

I've not even heard of most of these but I love it   :)

Track listings:

DISC ONE

1. ANDY WARHOL (original 1971 demo album version) – Dana Gillespie
2. STRANGER IN BLUE SUEDE SHOES – Kevin Ayers
3. HEY WILLY – The Hollies
4. MR. MIDDLETON’S LAMENT –Corn & Seed Merchants
5. DEAREST ELOISE – Stray
6. DEBORAH – Help Yourself
7. DORA, THE FEMALE EXPLORER – Stackridge
8. URSULA (THE SWANSEA SONG) – Barclay James Harvest
9. MORE RAIN – Samurai
10. GOODBYE POST OFFICE TOWER GOODBYE – Cressida
11. TONIGHT – The Move
12. DOWN SMOKEY LANE – Fickle Pickle
13. WOMAN – Shape Of The Rain
14. GOING BACK HOME – Unicorn
15. CASTLE ON THE HILL – The Factory
16. TIME FOR THE LEAVING – Magna Carta
17. I FEEL LIKE SLEEPING – Legend
18. INDIAN QUEENS – Michael Chapman
19. HOTEL ROOM – Edgar Broughton Band
20. SAFARI – Peter Cowap
21. JENNIFER – Cliff Wade
22. OLD PEOPLE’S HOME – Deep Feeling
23. HIROSHIMA – Wishful Thinking

DISC TWO

1. SUGAR SUGAR – Sakkarin
2. BACKSTREET LUV – Curved Air
3. MEMORIAL DRIVE – Procol Harum
4. OH CAROL I’M SO SAD – Rockin’ Horse
5. TO EACH AND EVERYONE – Gerry Rafferty
6. CAROLINE GOODBYE – Colin Blunstone
7. MAISIE JONES – Nimbo
8. HANGIN’ ON AN EYELID – Second Hand
9. I WAS FOOLING – Zior
10. MRS. SPEED – Fusion Farm
11. WATERWHEEL – Open Road
12. ANNIVERSARY – Ray Fenwick
13. MISTER WESTWOOD – Pluto
14. FRIGHTENED – Bear Foot
15. WEATHER OR NOT – Bronx Cheer
16. TALKING TO THE FLOWERS – Rick Price
17. FERRIS STREET – Beau
18. SOUTHBOUND LANE – Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts
19. THE FLYING MACHINES – Don Crown & His Busking Budgies
20. BILLY’S GOTTA RUN – The Doggs
21. LOVE’S A WAY – Bill Nelson
22. WHILE THE SUN STILL SHNES – Fields
23. THE SADDEST DAY OF MY LIFE – Nirvana
24. ARE YOU READY EDDY? – Emerson Lake & Palmer

DISC THREE

1. MEAN GIRL (early mix) – Status Quo
2. DEVIL’S ANSWER (single version) – Atomic Rooster
3. ROCK’N’ROLL WEDDING – Sweeny Bean
4. (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head
5. GOD’S CHILDREN – The Kinks
6. THIS TIME TOMORROW – Airbus
7. SUMMER – Octopus
8. SEPHERYN – Curtiss Maldoon
9. I DON’T CARE – Blonde On Blonde
10. SUNLIGHT GATE – Pete Atkin
11. DANGLING IN THE COOL* – Montage
12. TOKOLOSHE MAN (single edit) – John Kongos
13. STRANGE LOCOMOTION – Siren
14. MISTER TEN PER CENT – The Red Sox
15. WHERE I BELONG – Knocker Jungle
16. IT DON’T COME EASY * – Wil Malone
17. ETERNAL MESSENGER (single version) – Kingdom Come
18. ENCOUNTER – Edwards Hand
19. SO BE IT* – Lifeblud
20. GRANDFATHER – Dear Mr. Time
21. HOBO – Bullet
22. TURNING GREEN (album version) – Jackie McAuley
23. SEA SIDE SHUFFLE – Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs
24. BILL BAILEY – Phase 3


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on October 14, 2022, 08:23:30 PM
Todays gem has been;
Too Rye Aye by Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners which Jeff Besos kindly dropped off for me
It sounds great , but I always thought the original did too


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on October 14, 2022, 11:58:54 PM

I love Nigel, he's a dear online pal. I'm sorry things didn't work out for them.

Jules


His albums are excellent.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 15, 2022, 08:09:35 AM

A compilation set of CDs called Peephole in my Brain - The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971, which is so far up my street it's built a 4-bed detached with hot tub and garden office!  :D

I've not even heard of most of these but I love it   :)

Track listings:

DISC ONE

1. ANDY WARHOL (original 1971 demo album version) – Dana Gillespie
2. STRANGER IN BLUE SUEDE SHOES – Kevin Ayers
3. HEY WILLY – The Hollies
4. MR. MIDDLETON’S LAMENT –Corn & Seed Merchants
5. DEAREST ELOISE – Stray
6. DEBORAH – Help Yourself
7. DORA, THE FEMALE EXPLORER – Stackridge
8. URSULA (THE SWANSEA SONG) – Barclay James Harvest
9. MORE RAIN – Samurai
10. GOODBYE POST OFFICE TOWER GOODBYE – Cressida
11. TONIGHT – The Move
12. DOWN SMOKEY LANE – Fickle Pickle
13. WOMAN – Shape Of The Rain
14. GOING BACK HOME – Unicorn
15. CASTLE ON THE HILL – The Factory
16. TIME FOR THE LEAVING – Magna Carta
17. I FEEL LIKE SLEEPING – Legend
18. INDIAN QUEENS – Michael Chapman
19. HOTEL ROOM – Edgar Broughton Band
20. SAFARI – Peter Cowap
21. JENNIFER – Cliff Wade
22. OLD PEOPLE’S HOME – Deep Feeling
23. HIROSHIMA – Wishful Thinking

DISC TWO

1. SUGAR SUGAR – Sakkarin
2. BACKSTREET LUV – Curved Air
3. MEMORIAL DRIVE – Procol Harum
4. OH CAROL I’M SO SAD – Rockin’ Horse
5. TO EACH AND EVERYONE – Gerry Rafferty
6. CAROLINE GOODBYE – Colin Blunstone
7. MAISIE JONES – Nimbo
8. HANGIN’ ON AN EYELID – Second Hand
9. I WAS FOOLING – Zior
10. MRS. SPEED – Fusion Farm
11. WATERWHEEL – Open Road
12. ANNIVERSARY – Ray Fenwick
13. MISTER WESTWOOD – Pluto
14. FRIGHTENED – Bear Foot
15. WEATHER OR NOT – Bronx Cheer
16. TALKING TO THE FLOWERS – Rick Price
17. FERRIS STREET – Beau
18. SOUTHBOUND LANE – Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts
19. THE FLYING MACHINES – Don Crown & His Busking Budgies
20. BILLY’S GOTTA RUN – The Doggs
21. LOVE’S A WAY – Bill Nelson
22. WHILE THE SUN STILL SHNES – Fields
23. THE SADDEST DAY OF MY LIFE – Nirvana
24. ARE YOU READY EDDY? – Emerson Lake & Palmer

DISC THREE

1. MEAN GIRL (early mix) – Status Quo
2. DEVIL’S ANSWER (single version) – Atomic Rooster
3. ROCK’N’ROLL WEDDING – Sweeny Bean
4. (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head
5. GOD’S CHILDREN – The Kinks
6. THIS TIME TOMORROW – Airbus
7. SUMMER – Octopus
8. SEPHERYN – Curtiss Maldoon
9. I DON’T CARE – Blonde On Blonde
10. SUNLIGHT GATE – Pete Atkin
11. DANGLING IN THE COOL* – Montage
12. TOKOLOSHE MAN (single edit) – John Kongos
13. STRANGE LOCOMOTION – Siren
14. MISTER TEN PER CENT – The Red Sox
15. WHERE I BELONG – Knocker Jungle
16. IT DON’T COME EASY * – Wil Malone
17. ETERNAL MESSENGER (single version) – Kingdom Come
18. ENCOUNTER – Edwards Hand
19. SO BE IT* – Lifeblud
20. GRANDFATHER – Dear Mr. Time
21. HOBO – Bullet
22. TURNING GREEN (album version) – Jackie McAuley
23. SEA SIDE SHUFFLE – Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs
24. BILL BAILEY – Phase 3

The Shape of the Rain album Riley Riley Wood & Waggett is a classic, a Rockfield special.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 15, 2022, 09:23:49 AM


A compilation set of CDs called Peephole in my Brain - The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971, which is so far up my street it's built a 4-bed detached with hot tub and garden office!  :D

I've not even heard of most of these but I love it   :)

Track listings:

DISC ONE

1. ANDY WARHOL (original 1971 demo album version) – Dana Gillespie
2. STRANGER IN BLUE SUEDE SHOES – Kevin Ayers
3. HEY WILLY – The Hollies
4. MR. MIDDLETON’S LAMENT –Corn & Seed Merchants
5. DEAREST ELOISE – Stray
6. DEBORAH – Help Yourself
7. DORA, THE FEMALE EXPLORER – Stackridge
8. URSULA (THE SWANSEA SONG) – Barclay James Harvest
9. MORE RAIN – Samurai
10. GOODBYE POST OFFICE TOWER GOODBYE – Cressida
11. TONIGHT – The Move
12. DOWN SMOKEY LANE – Fickle Pickle
13. WOMAN – Shape Of The Rain
14. GOING BACK HOME – Unicorn
15. CASTLE ON THE HILL – The Factory
16. TIME FOR THE LEAVING – Magna Carta
17. I FEEL LIKE SLEEPING – Legend
18. INDIAN QUEENS – Michael Chapman
19. HOTEL ROOM – Edgar Broughton Band
20. SAFARI – Peter Cowap
21. JENNIFER – Cliff Wade
22. OLD PEOPLE’S HOME – Deep Feeling
23. HIROSHIMA – Wishful Thinking

DISC TWO

1. SUGAR SUGAR – Sakkarin
2. BACKSTREET LUV – Curved Air
3. MEMORIAL DRIVE – Procol Harum
4. OH CAROL I’M SO SAD – Rockin’ Horse
5. TO EACH AND EVERYONE – Gerry Rafferty
6. CAROLINE GOODBYE – Colin Blunstone
7. MAISIE JONES – Nimbo
8. HANGIN’ ON AN EYELID – Second Hand
9. I WAS FOOLING – Zior
10. MRS. SPEED – Fusion Farm
11. WATERWHEEL – Open Road
12. ANNIVERSARY – Ray Fenwick
13. MISTER WESTWOOD – Pluto
14. FRIGHTENED – Bear Foot
15. WEATHER OR NOT – Bronx Cheer
16. TALKING TO THE FLOWERS – Rick Price
17. FERRIS STREET – Beau
18. SOUTHBOUND LANE – Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts
19. THE FLYING MACHINES – Don Crown & His Busking Budgies
20. BILLY’S GOTTA RUN – The Doggs
21. LOVE’S A WAY – Bill Nelson
22. WHILE THE SUN STILL SHNES – Fields
23. THE SADDEST DAY OF MY LIFE – Nirvana
24. ARE YOU READY EDDY? – Emerson Lake & Palmer

DISC THREE

1. MEAN GIRL (early mix) – Status Quo
2. DEVIL’S ANSWER (single version) – Atomic Rooster
3. ROCK’N’ROLL WEDDING – Sweeny Bean
4. (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head
5. GOD’S CHILDREN – The Kinks
6. THIS TIME TOMORROW – Airbus
7. SUMMER – Octopus
8. SEPHERYN – Curtiss Maldoon
9. I DON’T CARE – Blonde On Blonde
10. SUNLIGHT GATE – Pete Atkin
11. DANGLING IN THE COOL* – Montage
12. TOKOLOSHE MAN (single edit) – John Kongos
13. STRANGE LOCOMOTION – Siren
14. MISTER TEN PER CENT – The Red Sox
15. WHERE I BELONG – Knocker Jungle
16. IT DON’T COME EASY * – Wil Malone
17. ETERNAL MESSENGER (single version) – Kingdom Come
18. ENCOUNTER – Edwards Hand
19. SO BE IT* – Lifeblud
20. GRANDFATHER – Dear Mr. Time
21. HOBO – Bullet
22. TURNING GREEN (album version) – Jackie McAuley
23. SEA SIDE SHUFFLE – Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs
24. BILL BAILEY – Phase 3

The Shape of the Rain album Riley Riley Wood & Waggett is a classic, a Rockfield special.


If I have a favourite year for music, this is it. I won't go on about omissions. Well okay then, Family for a start. And The Strawbs.
 But still, it was a year of many fine, diverse groups and artists. Nice to see Pete Atkin represented there.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on October 15, 2022, 09:53:22 AM
The 3rd in the series of archive Can live releases - Cuxhaven 1976 - not at their improvisational peak, but still pretty good - I'm glad I downloaded it from Qobuz for £3.99, rather than buying the CD for c.£10, as it only runs for 29 mins.  (It's a bit cheaper on Amazon, but mp3 rather than FLAC, etc)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 15, 2022, 12:17:57 PM

The 3rd in the series of archive Can live releases - Cuxhaven 1976 - not at their improvisational peak, but still pretty good - I'm glad I downloaded it from Qobuz for £3.99, rather than buying the CD for c.£10, as it only runs for 29 mins.  (It's a bit cheaper on Amazon, but mp3 rather than FLAC, etc)


I had a similar reaction to you.  Why is the CD £19.27 on Amazon?!!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 15, 2022, 02:58:25 PM
The latest Mojo free CD has tracks from the late 60's & early 70's Groundhogs (Split)/ Hawkwind/Blossom Toes/Humble Pie/ Mighty Baby/Edgar Broughton. etc


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 15, 2022, 04:32:08 PM

A compilation set of CDs called Peephole in my Brain - The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971, which is so far up my street it's built a 4-bed detached with hot tub and garden office!  :D

I've not even heard of most of these but I love it   :)

Track listings:

DISC ONE

1. ANDY WARHOL (original 1971 demo album version) – Dana Gillespie
2. STRANGER IN BLUE SUEDE SHOES – Kevin Ayers
3. HEY WILLY – The Hollies
4. MR. MIDDLETON’S LAMENT –Corn & Seed Merchants
5. DEAREST ELOISE – Stray
6. DEBORAH – Help Yourself
7. DORA, THE FEMALE EXPLORER – Stackridge
8. URSULA (THE SWANSEA SONG) – Barclay James Harvest
9. MORE RAIN – Samurai
10. GOODBYE POST OFFICE TOWER GOODBYE – Cressida
11. TONIGHT – The Move
12. DOWN SMOKEY LANE – Fickle Pickle
13. WOMAN – Shape Of The Rain
14. GOING BACK HOME – Unicorn
15. CASTLE ON THE HILL – The Factory
16. TIME FOR THE LEAVING – Magna Carta
17. I FEEL LIKE SLEEPING – Legend
18. INDIAN QUEENS – Michael Chapman
19. HOTEL ROOM – Edgar Broughton Band
20. SAFARI – Peter Cowap
21. JENNIFER – Cliff Wade
22. OLD PEOPLE’S HOME – Deep Feeling
23. HIROSHIMA – Wishful Thinking

DISC TWO

1. SUGAR SUGAR – Sakkarin
2. BACKSTREET LUV – Curved Air
3. MEMORIAL DRIVE – Procol Harum
4. OH CAROL I’M SO SAD – Rockin’ Horse
5. TO EACH AND EVERYONE – Gerry Rafferty
6. CAROLINE GOODBYE – Colin Blunstone
7. MAISIE JONES – Nimbo
8. HANGIN’ ON AN EYELID – Second Hand
9. I WAS FOOLING – Zior
10. MRS. SPEED – Fusion Farm
11. WATERWHEEL – Open Road
12. ANNIVERSARY – Ray Fenwick
13. MISTER WESTWOOD – Pluto
14. FRIGHTENED – Bear Foot
15. WEATHER OR NOT – Bronx Cheer
16. TALKING TO THE FLOWERS – Rick Price
17. FERRIS STREET – Beau
18. SOUTHBOUND LANE – Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts
19. THE FLYING MACHINES – Don Crown & His Busking Budgies
20. BILLY’S GOTTA RUN – The Doggs
21. LOVE’S A WAY – Bill Nelson
22. WHILE THE SUN STILL SHNES – Fields
23. THE SADDEST DAY OF MY LIFE – Nirvana
24. ARE YOU READY EDDY? – Emerson Lake & Palmer

DISC THREE

1. MEAN GIRL (early mix) – Status Quo
2. DEVIL’S ANSWER (single version) – Atomic Rooster
3. ROCK’N’ROLL WEDDING – Sweeny Bean
4. (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head
5. GOD’S CHILDREN – The Kinks
6. THIS TIME TOMORROW – Airbus
7. SUMMER – Octopus
8. SEPHERYN – Curtiss Maldoon
9. I DON’T CARE – Blonde On Blonde
10. SUNLIGHT GATE – Pete Atkin
11. DANGLING IN THE COOL* – Montage
12. TOKOLOSHE MAN (single edit) – John Kongos
13. STRANGE LOCOMOTION – Siren
14. MISTER TEN PER CENT – The Red Sox
15. WHERE I BELONG – Knocker Jungle
16. IT DON’T COME EASY * – Wil Malone
17. ETERNAL MESSENGER (single version) – Kingdom Come
18. ENCOUNTER – Edwards Hand
19. SO BE IT* – Lifeblud
20. GRANDFATHER – Dear Mr. Time
21. HOBO – Bullet
22. TURNING GREEN (album version) – Jackie McAuley
23. SEA SIDE SHUFFLE – Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs
24. BILL BAILEY – Phase 3


Strange choice of track for Cressida. Both their albums are choc full of great stuff and they go for the pretty lame joke song.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 15, 2022, 04:58:12 PM
The 1975 - Being Funny in a Foreign Language

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Barry on October 15, 2022, 05:16:35 PM
Big Big Train "Summer Shall Not Fade"  Stunning live performance from Lorely 2018.  A fine tribute to the late David Longdon


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on October 15, 2022, 05:34:16 PM
Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 15, 2022, 05:40:34 PM
The Soundcarriers - Wilds
The Clientele - Strange Geometry


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 15, 2022, 08:57:20 PM

Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Loving it. I think it gets a bit Camel at times. The pre-release live run through on YouTube was amazing.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 15, 2022, 09:05:13 PM


Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Loving it. I think it gets a bit Camel at times. The pre-release live run through on YouTube was amazing.


Another band I have literally never even heard of.  I used to pride myself on keeping abreast of things even if I didn't proactively like them...now I discover bands that have been around for 15 years I've never heard of every single day.  Is there any reason at all for me to investigate - being a bit Camel makes my ears prick up at least?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 15, 2022, 09:35:18 PM



Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Loving it. I think it gets a bit Camel at times. The pre-release live run through on YouTube was amazing.


Another band I have literally never even heard of.  I used to pride myself on keeping abreast of things even if I didn't proactively like them...now I discover bands that have been around for 15 years I've never heard of every single day.  Is there any reason at all for me to investigate - being a bit Camel makes my ears prick up at least?


I discovered them through Gilmore & Roberts who regularly play their song A Little Bit of Everything live.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 15, 2022, 11:57:18 PM



Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Loving it. I think it gets a bit Camel at times. The pre-release live run through on YouTube was amazing.


Another band I have literally never even heard of.  I used to pride myself on keeping abreast of things even if I didn't proactively like them...now I discover bands that have been around for 15 years I've never heard of every single day.  Is there any reason at all for me to investigate - being a bit Camel makes my ears prick up at least?


Worth having a look at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCnnS4lFOsg&ab_channel=Timbohaa


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 16, 2022, 10:03:21 AM




Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Loving it. I think it gets a bit Camel at times. The pre-release live run through on YouTube was amazing.


Another band I have literally never even heard of.  I used to pride myself on keeping abreast of things even if I didn't proactively like them...now I discover bands that have been around for 15 years I've never heard of every single day.  Is there any reason at all for me to investigate - being a bit Camel makes my ears prick up at least?


Worth having a look at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCnnS4lFOsg&ab_channel=Timbohaa



That's a bit of alright for sure...I suppose I may have seen that back in the day possibly.... Oh I do wish Richard did more of that regularly.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 16, 2022, 10:56:01 AM



Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Loving it. I think it gets a bit Camel at times. The pre-release live run through on YouTube was amazing.


Another band I have literally never even heard of.  I used to pride myself on keeping abreast of things even if I didn't proactively like them...now I discover bands that have been around for 15 years I've never heard of every single day.  Is there any reason at all for me to investigate - being a bit Camel makes my ears prick up at least?


They were Jackson Browne’s backing band for a while, then Jonathon Wilson’s, Jason Isbell’s, even John Fogerty’s on one tour so if any of those names mean anything to you, it’s probably worth dipping a toe in the water. The first three albums run the whole Laurel Canyon gamut, IMHO the next three LPs miss the mark a little for various reasons, but the latest - Doomscroller - really hits the spot.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on October 16, 2022, 11:00:47 AM
 Sproatly Smith - "River Wye Suite"

 I guess that while a few of us here are long-time fans, most people won't know this artist - but if you did fancy taking a dip in the river (!), this would be a good place to start. In fact it's almost a summary in itself of much of his previous music as he uses again techniques of field-recordings, voice commentaries, pre-war music and occasional electronics to bolster the melodic, folk-oriented singing and instrumentation. It's primarily relaxed and relaxing music, and if I do have a criticism it's that it very occasionally sounds like a mindfulness exercise tape  ;D, but for the most part it's a life-affirming joy, just like the River Wye itself. Almost certainly my favourite album of the year, along with R.J. Mackendree's "Wallflower"  :)

https://sproatlysmith.bandcamp.com/


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 16, 2022, 11:50:15 AM

 Sproatly Smith - "River Wye Suite"

 I guess that while a few of us here are long-time fans, most people won't know this artist - but if you did fancy taking a dip in the river (!), this would be a good place to start. In fact it's almost a summary in itself of much of his previous music as he uses again techniques of field-recordings, voice commentaries, pre-war music and occasional electronics to bolster the melodic, folk-oriented singing and instrumentation. It's primarily relaxed and relaxing music, and if I do have a criticism it's that it very occasionally sounds like a mindfulness exercise tape  ;D, but for the most part it's a life-affirming joy, just like the River Wye itself. Almost certainly my favourite album of the year, along with R.J. Mackendree's "Wallflower"  :)

https://sproatlysmith.bandcamp.com/


I think it's worth stating they're a band and not an individual...and there is one moment in particular on the album that rocks out like a good 'un....  In any normal world this band, like many others, would have a decent sized following and make a living out of it, but instead their music costs them money, which is crazy.  Far too good to be ignored.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 16, 2022, 05:22:27 PM




Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Loving it. I think it gets a bit Camel at times. The pre-release live run through on YouTube was amazing.


Another band I have literally never even heard of.  I used to pride myself on keeping abreast of things even if I didn't proactively like them...now I discover bands that have been around for 15 years I've never heard of every single day.  Is there any reason at all for me to investigate - being a bit Camel makes my ears prick up at least?


They were Jackson Browne’s backing band for a while, then Jonathon Wilson’s, Jason Isbell’s, even John Fogerty’s on one tour so if any of those names mean anything to you, it’s probably worth dipping a toe in the water. The first three albums run the whole Laurel Canyon gamut, IMHO the next three LPs miss the mark a little for various reasons, but the latest - Doomscroller - really hits the spot.
They have also backed Conor Oberst. I saw them at Shrewsbury, they were augmented by Duane Betts, son of Dickie and named after Duane Allman. They were excellent.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 16, 2022, 07:17:54 PM





Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller.  They are stretching their wings here on longer-form songs than they have been used to in the past, but still to good effect.


Loving it. I think it gets a bit Camel at times. The pre-release live run through on YouTube was amazing.


Another band I have literally never even heard of.  I used to pride myself on keeping abreast of things even if I didn't proactively like them...now I discover bands that have been around for 15 years I've never heard of every single day.  Is there any reason at all for me to investigate - being a bit Camel makes my ears prick up at least?


They were Jackson Browne’s backing band for a while, then Jonathon Wilson’s, Jason Isbell’s, even John Fogerty’s on one tour so if any of those names mean anything to you, it’s probably worth dipping a toe in the water. The first three albums run the whole Laurel Canyon gamut, IMHO the next three LPs miss the mark a little for various reasons, but the latest - Doomscroller - really hits the spot.
They have also backed Conor Oberst. I saw them at Shrewsbury, they were augmented by Duane Betts, son of Dickie and named after Duane Allman. They were excellent.


Wasn't he in a band with Chris (son of) Stills at one point?  Might have imagined that...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 17, 2022, 09:21:01 AM
John Martyn  :  Inside Out  (Island remastered CD, 2005).

I haven't listened to this in a while,   feeling I exhausted it b
ack in the 70s.    

It's as off -the -wall as ever. Inspired, stoned, spontaneous.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on October 17, 2022, 06:42:21 PM
Can't imagine how you haven't heard of Dawes. I'm sure Skirky and I (at least) have championed them on here for a number of years.

Phil Beer has covered their All Your Favorite Bands as well. Another thumbs up from one as knows.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 17, 2022, 06:52:33 PM

Can't imagine how you haven't heard of Dawes. I'm sure Skirky and I (at least) have championed them on here for a number of years.

Phil Beer has covered their All Your Favorite Bands as well. Another thumbs up from one as knows.


By ignoring you and Skirky?  It's easy if you try...  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on October 17, 2022, 08:00:02 PM
 ;)


Can't imagine how you haven't heard of Dawes. I'm sure Skirky and I (at least) have championed them on here for a number of years.

Phil Beer has covered their All Your Favorite Bands as well. Another thumbs up from one as knows.


By ignoring you and Skirky?  It's easy if you try...  ;) ;D


I'm hurt... ;)  But I suppose better that than you argue with us and never talk to us again!  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 17, 2022, 08:46:43 PM


Can't imagine how you haven't heard of Dawes. I'm sure Skirky and I (at least) have championed them on here for a number of years.

Phil Beer has covered their All Your Favorite Bands as well. Another thumbs up from one as knows.


By ignoring you and Skirky?  It's easy if you try...  ;) ;D


I mean…the very idea…  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 17, 2022, 08:52:39 PM



Can't imagine how you haven't heard of Dawes. I'm sure Skirky and I (at least) have championed them on here for a number of years.

Phil Beer has covered their All Your Favorite Bands as well. Another thumbs up from one as knows.


By ignoring you and Skirky?  It's easy if you try...  ;) ;D


I mean…the very idea…  ;D


Snigger.  No, seriously, they've never entered my conscious memory - although that's obviously shrinking by the minute!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 17, 2022, 10:56:35 PM
I've liked Dawes for quite a while but honestly cant recall anyone else mentioning them on here.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on October 18, 2022, 10:15:56 AM



A compilation set of CDs called Peephole in my Brain - The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971, which is so far up my street it's built a 4-bed detached with hot tub and garden office!  :D

I've not even heard of most of these but I love it   :)

Track listings:

DISC ONE

1. ANDY WARHOL (original 1971 demo album version) – Dana Gillespie
2. STRANGER IN BLUE SUEDE SHOES – Kevin Ayers
3. HEY WILLY – The Hollies
4. MR. MIDDLETON’S LAMENT –Corn & Seed Merchants
5. DEAREST ELOISE – Stray
6. DEBORAH – Help Yourself
7. DORA, THE FEMALE EXPLORER – Stackridge
8. URSULA (THE SWANSEA SONG) – Barclay James Harvest
9. MORE RAIN – Samurai
10. GOODBYE POST OFFICE TOWER GOODBYE – Cressida
11. TONIGHT – The Move
12. DOWN SMOKEY LANE – Fickle Pickle
13. WOMAN – Shape Of The Rain
14. GOING BACK HOME – Unicorn
15. CASTLE ON THE HILL – The Factory
16. TIME FOR THE LEAVING – Magna Carta
17. I FEEL LIKE SLEEPING – Legend
18. INDIAN QUEENS – Michael Chapman
19. HOTEL ROOM – Edgar Broughton Band
20. SAFARI – Peter Cowap
21. JENNIFER – Cliff Wade
22. OLD PEOPLE’S HOME – Deep Feeling
23. HIROSHIMA – Wishful Thinking

DISC TWO

1. SUGAR SUGAR – Sakkarin
2. BACKSTREET LUV – Curved Air
3. MEMORIAL DRIVE – Procol Harum
4. OH CAROL I’M SO SAD – Rockin’ Horse
5. TO EACH AND EVERYONE – Gerry Rafferty
6. CAROLINE GOODBYE – Colin Blunstone
7. MAISIE JONES – Nimbo
8. HANGIN’ ON AN EYELID – Second Hand
9. I WAS FOOLING – Zior
10. MRS. SPEED – Fusion Farm
11. WATERWHEEL – Open Road
12. ANNIVERSARY – Ray Fenwick
13. MISTER WESTWOOD – Pluto
14. FRIGHTENED – Bear Foot
15. WEATHER OR NOT – Bronx Cheer
16. TALKING TO THE FLOWERS – Rick Price
17. FERRIS STREET – Beau
18. SOUTHBOUND LANE – Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts
19. THE FLYING MACHINES – Don Crown & His Busking Budgies
20. BILLY’S GOTTA RUN – The Doggs
21. LOVE’S A WAY – Bill Nelson
22. WHILE THE SUN STILL SHNES – Fields
23. THE SADDEST DAY OF MY LIFE – Nirvana
24. ARE YOU READY EDDY? – Emerson Lake & Palmer

DISC THREE

1. MEAN GIRL (early mix) – Status Quo
2. DEVIL’S ANSWER (single version) – Atomic Rooster
3. ROCK’N’ROLL WEDDING – Sweeny Bean
4. (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head
5. GOD’S CHILDREN – The Kinks
6. THIS TIME TOMORROW – Airbus
7. SUMMER – Octopus
8. SEPHERYN – Curtiss Maldoon
9. I DON’T CARE – Blonde On Blonde
10. SUNLIGHT GATE – Pete Atkin
11. DANGLING IN THE COOL* – Montage
12. TOKOLOSHE MAN (single edit) – John Kongos
13. STRANGE LOCOMOTION – Siren
14. MISTER TEN PER CENT – The Red Sox
15. WHERE I BELONG – Knocker Jungle
16. IT DON’T COME EASY * – Wil Malone
17. ETERNAL MESSENGER (single version) – Kingdom Come
18. ENCOUNTER – Edwards Hand
19. SO BE IT* – Lifeblud
20. GRANDFATHER – Dear Mr. Time
21. HOBO – Bullet
22. TURNING GREEN (album version) – Jackie McAuley
23. SEA SIDE SHUFFLE – Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs
24. BILL BAILEY – Phase 3

The Shape of the Rain album Riley Riley Wood & Waggett is a classic, a Rockfield special.


If I have a favourite year for music, this is it. I won't go on about omissions. Well okay then, Family for a start. And The Strawbs.
 But still, it was a year of many fine, diverse groups and artists. Nice to see Pete Atkin represented there.


Probably my favourite year too.
I make compilation CD's for the car made up of tracks from individual years, and 71 is the only year that has two triple disc sets.
And there are only four tracks on this collection on those.
A bumper year for sure.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on October 19, 2022, 01:40:41 AM
So, I've been out drinking in Madrid with a group of youngsters from Chicago, Montreal and Boulder (Colorado). (youngsters compared to me at least. These are some of the salespeople from our company.)
I asked each the question "What music do you like?"

Adam : Dave Matthews Band
(what?!!!)
Jon : Red Hot Chilli Peppers
AJ : Amy Winehouse
(hmmm, OK)
Heather : Black Flag
(heavens!!!)
 Well, there's hope for at least some of these kids...

So now I'm relaxing, sobering up, and getting ready for tomorrow by listening to Meg Baird. And I recommend her to the house. "The Finder" from Seasons On Earth in particular.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 19, 2022, 08:44:42 AM

So, I've been out drinking in Madrid with a group of youngsters from Chicago, Montreal and Boulder (Colorado). (youngsters compared to me at least. These are some of the salespeople from our company.)
I asked each the question "What music do you like?"

Adam : Dave Matthews Band
(what?!!!)
Jon : Red Hot Chilli Peppers
AJ : Amy Winehouse
(hmmm, OK)
Heather : Black Flag
(heavens!!!)
 Well, there's hope for at least some of these kids...

So now I'm relaxing, sobering up, and getting ready for tomorrow by listening to Meg Baird. And I recommend her to the house. "The Finder" from Seasons On Earth in particular.

Cheers

Nick



I had US Deadhead friends who tried to get me into the DMB.  Dull doesn't even cover it...it's just...nothing.  Black Flag pn the other hand is much more like it...

And yes, Meg is fab.  Saw her in Todmorden ages ago.  Have you heard her drumming work with Heron Oblivion?  And obviously everyone knows Espers, surely?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 19, 2022, 08:53:52 AM
John Martyn  Live at the Town and Country club, 1986. (2001).

This is an expanded CD edition of Foundations, an Island release from 1986. It found its way onto One World, a JM 'collectors' label. It's one of Big John's better live releases.




Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on October 19, 2022, 09:32:25 AM


So, I've been out drinking in Madrid with a group of youngsters from Chicago, Montreal and Boulder (Colorado). (youngsters compared to me at least. These are some of the salespeople from our company.)
I asked each the question "What music do you like?"

Adam : Dave Matthews Band
(what?!!!)
Jon : Red Hot Chilli Peppers
AJ : Amy Winehouse
(hmmm, OK)
Heather : Black Flag
(heavens!!!)
 Well, there's hope for at least some of these kids...

So now I'm relaxing, sobering up, and getting ready for tomorrow by listening to Meg Baird. And I recommend her to the house. "The Finder" from Seasons On Earth in particular.

Cheers

Nick



I had US Deadhead friends who tried to get me into the DMB.  Dull doesn't even cover it...it's just...nothing.  Black Flag pn the other hand is much more like it...

And yes, Meg is fab.  Saw her in Todmorden ages ago.  Have you heard her drumming work with Heron Oblivion?  And obviously everyone knows Espers, surely?


 In fact Meg has a new album out early next year - there's a preview track here:  https://megbaird.bandcamp.com/album/furling


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on October 19, 2022, 02:32:25 PM
The Unthanks : Sorrows Away
After just a couple of listens, I’m thinking this may be their best yet, and that is a pretty high bar.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on October 19, 2022, 10:55:52 PM

John Martyn  Live at the Town and Country club, 1986. (2001).

This is an expanded CD edition of Foundations, an Island release from 1986. It found its way onto One World, a JM 'collectors' label. It's one of Big John's better live releases.





Seen this, Alan?  An expanded edition of The Apprentice.  It looks interesting to me, particularly the DVD of the concert with David Gilmour
https://johnmartyn.com/



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 20, 2022, 07:50:12 PM


John Martyn  Live at the Town and Country club, 1986. (2001).

This is an expanded CD edition of Foundations, an Island release from 1986. It found its way onto One World, a JM 'collectors' label. It's one of Big John's better live releases.





Seen this, Alan?  An expanded edition of The Apprentice.  It looks interesting to me, particularly the DVD of the concert with David Gilmour
https://johnmartyn.com/


Yes Ian,  I read about it.   My only reservation is it includes a DVD, and I dont have any DVDs  or a player. There seems something wrong about buying something in a format I dont use  though I appreciate this may seem illogical.    Good to see JMs back catalogue getting some attention,  though.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 21, 2022, 05:55:21 PM
Electric Prunes - Release of an Oath and Just Good Old Rock and Roll. I love the original Prunes but have never heard these two later efforts until today. This was the point at which all the original band had quit due to disagreements over musical direction with their manager and record company, but as the manager owned the rights to the name he felt it would be a good idea to put a completely new band together. They managed these two albums before calling it a day. They're both absolutely dreadful.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on October 24, 2022, 11:58:55 AM

I had US Deadhead friends who tried to get me into the DMB.  Dull doesn't even cover it...it's just...nothing.  Black Flag pn the other hand is much more like it...


DMB were all over the airwaves when I lived in USA in the '90s, but nobody this side of the Atlantic ever so much as mentioned them. Probably for the best. I concur; it's just...nothing.

It was a refreshing surprise to hear mention of Henry Rollins and the US Hardcore scene in general though.


And yes, Meg is fab.  Saw her in Todmorden ages ago.  Have you heard her drumming work with Heron Oblivion?  And obviously everyone knows Espers, surely?


Espers were where I found Meg initially. Not heard of Heron Oblivion though. There's a thing to do when I have a spare moment.

Meanwhile, catching up with what arrived while I was away. So mostly listening to Rachael Dadd's new album, Kaleidoscope. Very nice. Recommended for fans of This Is The Kit, Rosi Plain and etc.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 24, 2022, 12:08:15 PM
Best of the 20th Century Boy - Marc Bolan & T Rex

I am generally of the opinion that there was less to Bolan than met the eye but this double vinyl compilation from 1985, extraordinarily on K-Tel records covers all of the essentials and sounds great. I have digital versions of some of this stuff so probably haven't played the album for more than 30 years.

The joy of retirement affording the time for vinyl days.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 24, 2022, 12:11:25 PM
Despite being a massive early Genesis fan, I have never looked out Anthony Phillips solo work. So that is what I am doing today.

The Geese & The Ghost
Wise After the Event
Private Parts & Pieces
Sides


... will be enough for today. Like what I'm hearing so far, but he doesn't grab me like Steve Hackett  :o



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on October 24, 2022, 05:05:32 PM
... oo-er, missus! ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 24, 2022, 07:41:08 PM

... oo-er, missus! ;D
 ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on October 26, 2022, 09:37:13 AM
Found a copy of The Waterboys Universal Hall for the princely sum of £1 yesterday, so that's what I'm listening to right now.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 26, 2022, 11:43:37 AM

Found a copy of The Waterboys Universal Hall for the princely sum of £1 yesterday, so that's what I'm listening to right now.


Bargain! That record means a lot to me. It was a huge favourite of Gill, my late partner. I saw the band do several gigs around this time where they played many of these songs live. A special time.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 26, 2022, 11:47:16 AM


Found a copy of The Waterboys Universal Hall for the princely sum of £1 yesterday, so that's what I'm listening to right now.


Bargain! That record means a lot to me. It was a huge favourite of Gill, my late partner. I saw the band do several gigs around this time where they played many of these songs live. A special time.

Jules


I'm a big fan of that one too...it has a very 'spiritual' vibe to it (hardly surprising, really).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: sliprigilio (Al) on October 27, 2022, 04:49:16 PM
Flash:  Out of Our Hands

Picked up an original vinyl copy of this the other week in an excellent record shop in Bridport  (Clocktower) along with Zappa's 'Orchestral favourites', Stanley Clarke's 'School Days' etc.

Rather enjoying this 'old-school' prog from '73.  Vey early Yes-ish (as you would expect as it's Peter Banks on guitar).  not so keen on the vocals but instrumentally it's fine.

First time I've ever heard Flash - even though I remember the album covers (as you do as a spotty youth... ::)

What do other prog-heads think of them?  Bridgwit - are you familiar ?? (Oooh aahh!)  ::)

Cheers,

Slippy



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 28, 2022, 07:42:26 AM

Flash:  Out of Our Hands

Picked up an original vinyl copy of this the other week in an excellent record shop in Bridport  (Clocktower) along with Zappa's 'Orchestral favourites', Stanley Clarke's 'School Days' etc.

Rather enjoying this 'old-school' prog from '73.  Vey early Yes-ish (as you would expect as it's Peter Banks on guitar).  not so keen on the vocals but instrumentally it's fine.

First time I've ever heard Flash - even though I remember the album covers (as you do as a spotty youth... ::)

What do other prog-heads think of them?  Bridgwit - are you familiar ?? (Oooh aahh!)  ::)

Cheers,

Slippy




I saw them , it must have been in 1972. Thats all I can remember of them!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 28, 2022, 09:03:01 AM

Flash:  Out of Our Hands

Picked up an original vinyl copy of this the other week in an excellent record shop in Bridport  (Clocktower) along with Zappa's 'Orchestral favourites', Stanley Clarke's 'School Days' etc.

Rather enjoying this 'old-school' prog from '73.  Vey early Yes-ish (as you would expect as it's Peter Banks on guitar).  not so keen on the vocals but instrumentally it's fine.

First time I've ever heard Flash - even though I remember the album covers (as you do as a spotty youth... ::)

What do other prog-heads think of them?  Bridgwit - are you familiar ?? (Oooh aahh!)  ::)

Cheers,

Slippy




I have the debut album on vinyl-  Friday Music reissue.

I like it,  and see it as a nice appendix to the early Yes albums, which are the only ones I really like. 'Small Beginnings ' is a good shot of fast, antidepressant prog.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on October 28, 2022, 01:50:45 PM
The new album by The Proclaimers - Dentures Out purchased this morning at my local HMV. Also picked up a copy of Hugh Cornwell's Moments of Madness.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: MikeB (Mike) on October 28, 2022, 02:25:59 PM
Gorky's day today, I think.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on October 28, 2022, 04:32:14 PM

Flash:  Out of Our Hands

Picked up an original vinyl copy of this the other week in an excellent record shop in Bridport  (Clocktower) along with Zappa's 'Orchestral favourites', Stanley Clarke's 'School Days' etc.

Rather enjoying this 'old-school' prog from '73.  Vey early Yes-ish (as you would expect as it's Peter Banks on guitar).  not so keen on the vocals but instrumentally it's fine.

First time I've ever heard Flash - even though I remember the album covers (as you do as a spotty youth... ::)

What do other prog-heads think of them?  Bridgwit - are you familiar ?? (Oooh aahh!)  ::)

Cheers,

Slippy



I've had the first Flash album for years and it's pretty good - reminiscent (obviously) of a pre-Steve Howe Yes.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on October 28, 2022, 04:33:52 PM
First listen to the Beatles Revolver 2022 remix - another cracking job from Giles Martin.
Highlights include Paul's bass on Taxman, the extra clarity of the strings on Eleanor Rigby, the ethnic instruments on Love You To, and the horns on Got To Get You Into My Life. For No One almost has a completely different feel - there's a bass drum beat previously lurking in the background which I've never heard before that's been enhanced.
In fact, "extra clarity" is a description that probably covers the whole 35 minute experience of Revolver 2022.
Even the hot potato that is Yellow Submarine sounds better - and that's saying something !


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on October 28, 2022, 04:41:48 PM
The original lyrics to "Yellow Submarine" are really, truly, sad.

Working my way though the album. Paperback Writer was a favourite when it came out and it shines again with this release.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on October 28, 2022, 07:23:33 PM
The new mix of Revolver,  the clarity of the recordings is amazing considering they are 56 years old and most of the Lp is made up of 2 minute songs . My highlight is the amazing mix on Tomorrow never knows.  I'm just working my way through the sessions discs.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 29, 2022, 01:00:06 PM

First listen to the Beatles Revolver 2022 remix - another cracking job from Giles Martin.
Highlights include Paul's bass on Taxman, the extra clarity of the strings on Eleanor Rigby, the ethnic instruments on Love You To, and the horns on Got To Get You Into My Life. For No One almost has a completely different feel - there's a bass drum beat previously lurking in the background which I've never heard before that's been enhanced.
In fact, "extra clarity" is a description that probably covers the whole 35 minute experience of Revolver 2022.
Even the hot potato that is Yellow Submarine sounds better - and that's saying something !


I have given this a couple of listens now. Unfortunately it has had to be via streaming as no physical product has yet arrived chez GubGub. I have in any case only ordered the 2cd set as I wasn't going to fall for their ludicrous pricing strategy this time around.

Historically, starting with Anthology, I have found with these sets that there is little amongst the additional material that I will return to after a couple of listens. It is interesting to hear and the evolution of Yellow Submarine is particularly fascinating but it is a little like the Edward Hopper documentary that I went to see the other evening. It is revealing to see the sketches and the notebooks but ultimately I want to look at the finished pictures.

As for the remix, well, it is amazing what has been achieved here isn't it. All sorts of elements that I never noticed before in a resonably natural stereo sound field. But, I did notice while I was playing it through a nice pair of Bose headphones last night that I was sometimes listening to the technology rather than the songs. In that sense it is probably a remix for people who are less familiar with the material than me and who are not caught up in a game of spot the difference. Having said that, Yellow Submarine sounds terrific, as does And Your Bird Can Sing and For No One, to name but three and the only one that suffers from the remix is She Said She Said where the guitar that echoes the vocal line is too low in the mix. All in all a decent and entertaining effort then but my go to version of the album probably remains the mono cd from 2009.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 29, 2022, 03:34:38 PM
I'm quietly guffawing at the thought of anybody feeling they needed an "enhanced" version of Yellow Submarine.  It takes all sorts...

Here, a bitty listening day.  I started with blaring out the Fall's "Dragnet" (on some days of the week my favourite) at considerable volume, then tried out Ms. Swift's new album for size.  Good, honest, intelligent pop music but with a couple of exceptions I think I not surprisingly preferred The National tweaked 'folky' lockdown albums.  Then onto Disc two of the Man Life on the Road box set.  And now I've finally got around to listening to the Dr Strangely Strange Radio Sessions album. It's not brilliant audio quality (a couple of parts of it are of magnificently appalling quality), but there's still enough there to remind me why they're one of my favourite bands on the planet.  All four of these releases are available on a try (reader, I did) before you buy basis at Sp*t*fy


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on October 29, 2022, 08:14:40 PM


First listen to the Beatles Revolver 2022 remix - another cracking job from Giles Martin.
Highlights include Paul's bass on Taxman, the extra clarity of the strings on Eleanor Rigby, the ethnic instruments on Love You To, and the horns on Got To Get You Into My Life. For No One almost has a completely different feel - there's a bass drum beat previously lurking in the background which I've never heard before that's been enhanced.
In fact, "extra clarity" is a description that probably covers the whole 35 minute experience of Revolver 2022.
Even the hot potato that is Yellow Submarine sounds better - and that's saying something !


I have given this a couple of listens now. Unfortunately it has had to be via streaming as no physical product has yet arrived chez GubGub. I have in any case only ordered the 2cd set as I wasn't going to fall for their ludicrous pricing strategy this time around.

Historically, starting with Anthology, I have found with these sets that there is little amongst the additional material that I will return to after a couple of listens. It is interesting to hear and the evolution of Yellow Submarine is particularly fascinating but it is a little like the Edward Hopper documentary that I went to see the other evening. It is revealing to see the sketches and the notebooks but ultimately I want to look at the finished pictures.

As for the remix, well, it is amazing what has been achieved here isn't it. All sorts of elements that I never noticed before in a resonably natural stereo sound field. But, I did notice while I was playing it through a nice pair of Bose headphones last night that I was sometimes listening to the technology rather than the songs. In that sense it is probably a remix for people who are less familiar with the material than me and who are not caught up in a game of spot the difference. Having said that, Yellow Submarine sounds terrific, as does And Your Bird Can Sing and For No One, to name but three and the only one that suffers from the remix is She Said She Said where the guitar that echoes the vocal line is too low in the mix. All in all a decent and entertaining effort then but my go to version of the album probably remains the mono cd from 2009.


Fascinating and thorough review, Gub. Thanks.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on November 02, 2022, 01:39:09 PM
Listening to Raise The Roof by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss again. To be honest I have not warmed up to it as much as Raising Sand. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, but I think part of the charm of Raising Sand was the initial and unexpected reaction of ‘wait, they made an album together’? and then realizing it was brilliant. With this one I just don’t find myself excited about it tbh.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 02, 2022, 02:04:20 PM

Listening to Raise The Roof by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss again. To be honest I have not warmed up to it as much as Raising Sand. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, but I think part of the charm of Raising Sand was the initial and unexpected reaction of ‘wait, they made an album together’? and then realizing it was brilliant. With this one I just don’t find myself excited about it tbh.


I think there's truth in that although it too is certainly of a very high standard.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Yorkshire Chris on November 02, 2022, 02:44:04 PM

I started with blaring out the Fall's "Dragnet" (on some days of the week my favourite) at considerable volume


Great album! Should have had 'Fiery Jack' on it though in my humble opinion.

Once met MES backstage at the Leeds Irish Centre. He sat in a corner, away from the other band members, reading a newspaper. Me and my mate sat on a tatty settee with the guitarist of the moment, Neville Wilding, who was high as a kite and was trying to steal my watch and trainers. I got up and was on my way out of the room when Mark, who had gone over to a fridge to get refreshments, stopped me and my mate and said, "do you lads want a drink?" offering us both a can of Red Stripe. I declined telling him I was driving and he replied, "fair enough" and we then had a 15 minute conversation about the Leeds Inner Ring Road (rock'n'roll eh?). As we left I said to him, "your guitarist is a bit of a knobhead. You should get rid of him", and he just half smiled and nodded and wandered back to his chair and newspaper. (A fascinating insight I hear you all say...! ;D)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on November 02, 2022, 04:27:04 PM
CSNY - Deja Vu
Waterboys - Room To Roam
Lesley Duncan - Sing Children Sing
Rosie Thomas - When We Were Small

and in the car
Jason Isbell - Reunions


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on November 02, 2022, 05:30:11 PM
Michael Chapman Live at the New Vic, Bristol, newly released CD and DVD of his 2000 gig there. Single camera shoot of the full gig, the DVD is hardly HD quality but pretty decent for what it is. The CD has all the chat edited out, rather savagely in places, and loses the last song to fit it onto a single disc. Always a huge pleasure to watch MC at work, those fingers flying around the fretboard are just mesmerising. A year gone and much missed.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on November 03, 2022, 01:18:39 PM
Been listening to a couple of youngish artists, originally recommended to me by my son

Isaac Gracie https://isaacgraciemusic.com/

and

King Charles https://www.kingcharlesmusic.com/

Some amazing music!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 03, 2022, 01:28:49 PM

Been listening to a couple of youngish artists, originally recommended to me by my son

Isaac Gracie https://isaacgraciemusic.com/

and

King Charles https://www.kingcharlesmusic.com/

Some amazing music!


Has he fully thought this through?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on November 03, 2022, 02:59:11 PM
If you are referring to King Charles - He has been around for  a while so probably the current monarch should be referring to himself as King Charles the IV, and if King Charles the musician has sent the name to himself in sealed postmarked envelope, the monach could be in for a rough time fighting a trademark case.

If you are referring to my lad recommending young artists to an old git like me -  well he has to get his own back on me somehow, I think I am largely responsible for his addiction to a  whole host of 60 and 70's bands - including Jefferson Airplane, Gong,  Hawkwind - I even took him to see Bert Whedon poor lad!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on November 03, 2022, 04:26:28 PM
Just discovered the music of Skye Wallace, a Canadian rock singer-songwriter. Her writing reminds me of the Greg Keelor songs of Blue Rodeo. Current album is the aptly titled Terribly Good. Here's a track from it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctu1tr35KnM



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 03, 2022, 04:38:59 PM

If you are referring to King Charles - He has been around for  a while so probably the current monarch should be referring to himself as King Charles the IV, and if King Charles the musician has sent the name to himself in sealed postmarked envelope, the monach could be in for a rough time fighting a trademark case.


As we've seen in many ways recently I don't think the royal family are subject to 'the law' in quite the same way as us mere mortals....


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on November 03, 2022, 07:44:31 PM
Alfa 9 - Gone To Ground


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 03, 2022, 08:52:56 PM
3 episodes in and I'm very much enjoying SAS Rogue Heroes.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 04, 2022, 09:00:40 AM

3 episodes in and I'm very much enjoying SAS Rogue Heroes.
I understand there's quite a lot of Bon Scott-era AC/DC? I've also been told that it's the best thing about it!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 04, 2022, 09:20:22 AM


3 episodes in and I'm very much enjoying SAS Rogue Heroes.
I understand there's quite a lot of Bon Scott-era AC/DC? I've also been told that it's the best thing about it!


There's loads of AC/DC and other rock music.  You know it's made by the Peaker Blinders guy for sure, so it's very stylised, but it's great fun whilst not being world beating drama.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 04, 2022, 11:35:07 AM



3 episodes in and I'm very much enjoying SAS Rogue Heroes.
I understand there's quite a lot of Bon Scott-era AC/DC? I've also been told that it's the best thing about it!


There's loads of AC/DC and other rock music.  You know it's made by the Peaker Blinders guy for sure, so it's very stylised, but it's great fun whilst not being world beating drama.
I might give it a whirl tonight...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 04, 2022, 12:19:39 PM
Robin Williamson:  Trusting in the Rising Light  (ECM CD, 2014).

His last ecm release,  and for me the most approachable.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on November 04, 2022, 12:49:39 PM

CSNY - Deja Vu
Waterboys - Room To Roam
Lesley Duncan - Sing Children Sing
Rosie Thomas - When We Were Small

and in the car
Jason Isbell - Reunions

Some fine albums there. The only one I'm not familiar with is Jason Isbell


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 04, 2022, 01:12:37 PM

Robin Williamson:  Trusting in the Rising Light  (ECM CD, 2014).

His last ecm release,  and for me the most approachable.


I adore all the Robin ECM albums.  If this (as looks likely?) is his final release it's a hell of a way to go out...

Incidentally if anyone wants a Robin Williamson discography I put together from Discogs (it's on Excel) message me with your email address.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on November 04, 2022, 01:50:21 PM


CSNY - Deja Vu
Waterboys - Room To Roam
Lesley Duncan - Sing Children Sing
Rosie Thomas - When We Were Small

and in the car
Jason Isbell - Reunions

Some fine albums there. The only one I'm not familiar with is Jason Isbell
My favourite album of the last couple of years, imagine Dave Gilmour playing country rock. Try watching the band version of Overseas on YouTube.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 04, 2022, 06:47:57 PM


Robin Williamson:  Trusting in the Rising Light  (ECM CD, 2014).

His last ecm release,  and for me the most approachable.


I adore all the Robin ECM albums.  If this (as looks likely?) is his final release it's a hell of a way to go out...

Incidentally if anyone wants a Robin Williamson discography I put together from Discogs (it's on Excel) message me with your email address.


Yes, a fine record to bow out on. Who knows if we'll see another?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 04, 2022, 07:05:55 PM



Robin Williamson:  Trusting in the Rising Light  (ECM CD, 2014).

His last ecm release,  and for me the most approachable.


I adore all the Robin ECM albums.  If this (as looks likely?) is his final release it's a hell of a way to go out...

Incidentally if anyone wants a Robin Williamson discography I put together from Discogs (it's on Excel) message me with your email address.


Yes, a fine record to bow out on. Who knows if we'll see another?
 

Robin seems to be fairly content as a part-time painter these days...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on November 07, 2022, 09:52:04 AM
Dave Brons Return To Arda - a slice of symphonic Celtic prog, inspired by Tolkein's writings.  Rather wonderful.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on November 07, 2022, 12:54:17 PM
The new Blackbeard's Tea Party album, Kick The Curb, is good fun. They've added a little more rock into the mix & it works well.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on November 09, 2022, 05:32:51 PM
"With a Heartbeat" - Pharoah Sanders & Bill Laswell (& others); the musicians take a heartbeat as the rhythmic base, and play (improvise?) over it. Very restful.

Next up - Dennis Bovell "The Dubmaster" - 38-track 2CD overview of his work from 1976 onwards (just £7.99 in HMV at the moment!)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on November 10, 2022, 10:32:58 AM
Various bits of Eliza Shaddad, courtesy of her Bandcamp page which popped up in my feed recently : https://elizashaddad.bandcamp.com/

We saw her somewhat unplanned at Beautiful Days this summer - we'd wandered over to the Big Top area to get lunch and got sucked into her set. A strong solo show, with just her voice and a very competently played fuzzy electric guitar. She sounds a bit softer and more polished on record, which I guess is to be expected, but still a strong presentation. I think I could grow to like her music.

One last thing, she reminds me of Bryde (https://bryde.bandcamp.com/), who I've been following for a while and have mentioned here a couple of times. I'd recommend giving both a listen.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on November 12, 2022, 11:14:20 PM
Not familiar with Eliza Shaddad, but I'm a recent convert to the music of Bryde. Very impressed with the two CDs I have of hers.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 13, 2022, 11:07:06 AM
Bert Jansch  :   At the BBC   (Earth Records  4LP, 2022).

Happy with my choice. If I want the whole lot, I'll get the CD version at a later date, but quite honestly this us enough to be going on with.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on November 13, 2022, 04:19:00 PM

Bert Jansch  :   At the BBC   (Earth Records  4LP, 2022).

Happy with my choice. If I want the whole lot, I'll get the CD version at a later date, but quite honestly this us enough to be going on with.


Amazon have reduced the price of the CD version again, now £59.91. Very glad I cancelled my original order with Bandcamp/Earth now which would have cost me another £40 with postage.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 14, 2022, 09:19:32 AM
Sandy Denny  :  Rendezvous  (Island/UMC LP reissue, 2022).

This is the best I've heard this. I've been playing a Hannibal edition for some years, but this sounds better by a good margin, though I had some work done on my Tt not long ago.

The problem with this album in any edition is the way it was produced.  Sandy's voice is swamped in the production.  It's entirely different from the LP entitled Sandy, where the vocal is up front and central. Even so, I can now hear all or most of the words,  and there's a lyric insert for when you can't.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on November 17, 2022, 03:07:03 PM
Pearls Befoe Swine “Wizard Of Is”

Originally issued in 2004, this edition is a new release by Earth. Remastered and with a slightly different track listing from the original.
It’s made up of alternative versions, demos and live tracks.
Wonderful stuff!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 19, 2022, 03:55:43 PM
Like a lot of 'later' Albion Band material I've long thought By Gloucester Docks was a bit, well, 'naff'.  But I got a very cheap copy of the 2020 remaster and listened to it earlier and really enjoyed it. There's still a slight hint of 'songs from Play School' in one or two places but as a whole I was pleased to be engaging positively with material I know a lot of other people value very highly.

To balance things up a bit I've been very much enjoying the new Richard Dawson album, The Ruby Cord.  I still don't really understand what he does, but I do like it a lot.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on November 20, 2022, 04:48:59 PM
Family at the BBC 7CD & 1DVD box set. I've been meaning to get this since it came out a few years ago so thought I'd finally take the plunge now Burning Shed have it for under £50.

Jesse Malin - Sad and Beautiful World.
 


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 21, 2022, 02:39:49 PM
Sam Sweeney's latest Escape That - it's rather splendid

I recommend it to the house  :D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on November 21, 2022, 05:45:32 PM
Kiki Dee 'Loving and Free'. I first bought this album back in 1973 and I played it to death. I regularly listen to it, just a lovely collection of songs delivered in Kiki's own laid back style.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on November 22, 2022, 10:23:18 AM

Sam Sweeney's latest Escape That - it's rather splendid

I recommend it to the house  :D


Seconded


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 22, 2022, 10:46:03 AM
Soft Machine  :  Paradiso  '69  (Tonefloat  LP,  2021).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on November 22, 2022, 11:23:20 AM
The Trials of Cato's new release Gog Magog.

And I just noticed that six of the tracks are all the same length - 4:42.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on November 22, 2022, 04:00:25 PM

The Trials of Cato's new release Gog Magog.

And I just noticed that six of the tracks are all the same length - 4:42.




Bought a copy at the concert I attended the other day. Polly brings a different dynamic to Will but it still works well so it's another fine release.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on November 22, 2022, 04:49:36 PM

Soft Machine  :  Paradiso  '69  (Tonefloat  LP,  2021).


Love it - a remarkably good quality recording from the time , so many early Soft Machine live recordings from around this era have been digitally rescued from the mud.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 22, 2022, 06:01:26 PM


Soft Machine  :  Paradiso  '69  (Tonefloat  LP,  2021).


Love it - a remarkably good quality recording from the time , so many early Soft Machine live recordings from around this era have been digitally rescued from the mud.


Yes it's  a good one. So much energy in the performance . I was smiling as I remembered reading Robert Wyatt I think saying they used to play deliberately loud so they couldn't be booed!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on November 22, 2022, 07:30:26 PM
I found a sticky label from work I'd scribbled on.
I must have heard this on the radio, but I don't remember.
Looked it up on the toob, now I have it on repeat :

Big Thief - Simulation Swarm from Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (4AD)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 23, 2022, 10:02:02 AM
A rare, entirely free day. The weather forecast was lousy but at the moment there are clear blue skies and sunshine. A perfect opportunity then to begin my end year "review" of all the new albums that I have bought this year before they get crowded out with seasonal music next month. Starting with:

Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
Ghost Stories - The Whitmore Sisters
One Hand On The Starry Plough - Ian Prowse
Charmed Life - The Divine Comedy (the third disc of new material)
The Tipping Point - Tears For Fears
Read The Sky - Oysterband


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on November 23, 2022, 11:06:09 AM

The Trials of Cato's new release Gog Magog.

And I just noticed that six of the tracks are all the same length - 4:42.




Anything to do with football team setups, I wonder?

Perhaps the 433 lineup so beloved of footy coaches was inspired by a John Cage composition....  ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on November 23, 2022, 12:47:44 PM
Dr Feelgood "Down By The Jetty" 2 disc CD Remastered
Where it all started
And today , nothing else will do


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Tasha on November 23, 2022, 01:42:35 PM

Dr Feelgood "Down By The Jetty" 2 disc CD Remastered
Where it all started
And today , nothing else will do


LOVE


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 23, 2022, 02:01:56 PM
Robert Wyatt  :  Flotsam, Jetsam (Rough  Trade CD, 1994).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on November 23, 2022, 02:27:42 PM
Having a bit of a Canterbury fest eh Alan?

 Some interest rarities and collaborations on this cd shame they truncate the version of Moon in June on it


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 23, 2022, 02:34:02 PM

Having a bit of a Canterbury fest eh Alan?

 Some interest rarities and collaborations on this cd shame they truncate the version of Moon in June on it


If you're into your later Canterbury these downloads (totalling 6hrs+) might be worthy of your ears...some great stuff on them.

https://therealglass.bandcamp.com/album/canterburied-in-seattle-2002?fbclid=IwAR2rLN4kEscMptsnxPMWnqWoa4Co8FNaOym0K8BYjPa4Gp7KzHGGFP-wVBI

https://therealglass.bandcamp.com/album/progman-2003-complete?fbclid=IwAR0UbzQXRK0Jp7IoO5ksAIuWlpjad7MpkSl1H4h967oEvDrX8pt6KjWLTg0



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 23, 2022, 03:53:54 PM

Having a bit of a Canterbury fest eh Alan?

 Some interest rarities and collaborations on this cd shame they truncate the version of Moon in June on it


Yes, one thing leads to another, and before I know it I'm delving into Wyatt, Ayers etc.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on November 23, 2022, 03:57:17 PM
Thanks  David - will check it out looks like a rich seam of entertainment!

I love the later Canterbury stuff , but my personal passion lies in the more  psychedelic Robert Wyatt Soft Machine era and the various off-shoots from that, like Gong and Kevin Ayres . Not quite as keen following the Caravan turn-off from the original Wilde Flowers band but still fond of some stuff  like Hatfield and the North.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on November 23, 2022, 04:00:37 PM


Having a bit of a Canterbury fest eh Alan?

 Some interest rarities and collaborations on this cd shame they truncate the version of Moon in June on it


Yes, one thing leads to another, and before I know it I'm delving into Wyatt, Ayers etc.


Easy to get dragged along


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 24, 2022, 10:27:38 AM
Lore of the Land - Order of the 12
External Combustion - Dirty Knobs
All Souls Hill - Waterboys


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 24, 2022, 10:38:31 AM

Lore of the Land - Order of the 12


Right up there in my annual list.  What do you reckon?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on November 24, 2022, 11:17:39 AM

 Mouth Painter - Tropicale Moon

 Totally loving this. Think ambient Americana meets melodic European flutey progginess   ;D

  https://mouthpainter.bandcamp.com/track/chesler-park

 


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 24, 2022, 03:43:21 PM


Lore of the Land - Order of the 12


Right up there in my annual list.  What do you reckon?


It has taken a while to grow on me so not at the top of my list for the year but I do like it. I just find it doesn't stick with me very long after I have listened to it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 24, 2022, 03:59:55 PM



Lore of the Land - Order of the 12


Right up there in my annual list.  What do you reckon?


It has taken a while to grow on me so not at the top of my list for the year but I do like it. I just find it doesn't stick with me very long after I have listened to it.


I liked it from the word go.   Bought it on vinyl.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 24, 2022, 04:03:21 PM
Soft Machine  :   Fifth (Sony remastered CD, 2007).

Soft Machine  :  Third  (Sony remastered 2CD, 2007).


The latter includes a fine live performance as a bonus disc, Softs live at the proms, 1970).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 24, 2022, 04:20:25 PM

Soft Machine  :   Fifth (Sony remastered CD, 2007).

Soft Machine  :  Third  (Sony remastered 2CD, 2007).


The latter includes a fine live performance as a bonus disc, Softs live at the proms, 1970).



Where do you stand on the later stuff, Alan.  I've always rather pooh-poohed the Jenkins era but i've fallen hook line and sinker for Bundles this year, to the point I could almost say "It's my favourite Soft Machine album" with a straight face.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 24, 2022, 06:39:59 PM


Soft Machine  :   Fifth (Sony remastered CD, 2007).

Soft Machine  :  Third  (Sony remastered 2CD, 2007).


The latter includes a fine live performance as a bonus disc, Softs live at the proms, 1970).



Where do you stand on the later stuff, Alan.  I've always rather pooh-poohed the Jenkins era but i've fallen hook line and sinker for Bundles this year, to the point I could almost say "It's my favourite Soft Machine album" with a straight face.


I ordered Esoteric s vinyl reissue of Bundles a month ago. Nuff
 said?🙂  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on November 25, 2022, 07:29:58 AM
Harry Chapin.

He was definitely a One.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 25, 2022, 10:05:26 AM
A Very Unusual Head - The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
On Arrival - Daphne's Flight
Toast - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Regimental Sgt Zippo - Elton John


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 25, 2022, 02:34:04 PM
Magician  :  Magician  (Trunk Records LP, 2022).

Soft Machine:  Seven  (Music on Vinyl  LP,  transparent  vinyl, 2017).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on November 25, 2022, 03:29:21 PM
"Before Your Time" Simon Nicol

I particularly enjoy "Over The Lancashire Hills" , especially the drums , that session bloke Dave Mattacks I think

I continue to avoid "From A Distance" though , and "Sherwood Rangers" isn't a patch on the Prospect Before Us version

one to watch , young Simon , based on this first solo effort ,


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 25, 2022, 04:33:52 PM
Jerry Jeff - Steve Earle & The Dukes
Jude - Julian Lennon
Nabby Road - Ian McNabb
True North - a-Ha


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 26, 2022, 11:30:27 AM
Kool Hits, Kuriosities & Kollaborations - The Korgis
Toy - David Bowie
A Boy Named If - Elvis Costello & The Imposters
You Are Cordially Invited - Lucinda Williams


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 27, 2022, 02:35:13 PM
I don't tend to listen to too much new music hyperbole these days.  Virtually nothing I hear for the first time moves me in the way that stuff I've listened to for a while...but I've been reading so many people I know raving about Weyes Blood's new album I thought I better give it a listen.  I'll be honest, I've heard the name but I think I thought they were a rapper or something.  Mistake. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow is an extraordinary album.  Doesn't really sound like anything else but whilst I was listening to it the two artists it made me think most of were Joni and John Grant.  Make of that what you will.  But do give it a spin...



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on November 28, 2022, 09:16:53 AM

"Before Your Time" Simon Nicol

I particularly enjoy "Over The Lancashire Hills" , especially the drums , that session bloke Dave Mattacks I think

I continue to avoid "From A Distance" though , and "Sherwood Rangers" isn't a patch on the Prospect Before Us version

one to watch , young Simon , based on this first solo effort ,


I listened to that too last week, for the first time in quite a while.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 28, 2022, 09:52:39 AM


"Before Your Time" Simon Nicol

I particularly enjoy "Over The Lancashire Hills" , especially the drums , that session bloke Dave Mattacks I think

I continue to avoid "From A Distance" though , and "Sherwood Rangers" isn't a patch on the Prospect Before Us version

one to watch , young Simon , based on this first solo effort ,


I listened to that too last week, for the first time in quite a while.


I think it is the template for much of the later Fairport's cannon of work counterbalanced of course with Chris's "story songs".  I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt at the time, but I'm not a fan.  It's just too (old school) Radio 2 for my liking.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 28, 2022, 11:16:35 AM



"Before Your Time" Simon Nicol

I particularly enjoy "Over The Lancashire Hills" , especially the drums , that session bloke Dave Mattacks I think

I continue to avoid "From A Distance" though , and "Sherwood Rangers" isn't a patch on the Prospect Before Us version

one to watch , young Simon , based on this first solo effort ,


I listened to that too last week, for the first time in quite a while.


I think it is the template for much of the later Fairport's cannon of work counterbalanced of course with Chris's "story songs".  I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt at the time, but I'm not a fan.  It's just too (old school) Radio 2 for my liking.


That's an interesting point. I do quite like the album but it was clearly intended as a way for Simon to express himself in those terms outside of the band (given that some of the band actually play on it from what I recall). However what happened next was that some of the songs from the album got imported into Fairport's then live repertoire and as you say, that does seem to have influenced their future direction, particularly during the remaining Maart era. I do think the Chris/Gerry era represents a further change of direction toward a more acoustic vibe.

Meanwhile my Monday morning listening is Live At The Fillmore - 1997 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 30, 2022, 09:17:41 AM
Mike Oldfield  :  Incantations  CD).

Apparently true Oldfield fans often regard this as his masterpiece.  I heard it for the first time yesterday evening.  Maddy Prior sings on it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 30, 2022, 09:20:55 AM

Mike Oldfield  :  Incantations  CD).

Apparently true Oldfield fans often regard this as his masterpiece.  I heard it for the first time yesterday evening.  Maddy Prior sings on it.


I've always been underwhelmed...


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Post by: Andy on November 30, 2022, 10:26:45 AM

I've always been underwhelmed...


...about pretty much everything, really.


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Post by: Alan2 on November 30, 2022, 10:39:19 AM

Mike Oldfield  :  Incantations  CD).

Apparently true Oldfield fans often regard this as his masterpiece.  I heard it for the first time yesterday evening.  Maddy Prior sings on it.


I quite liked it, though it is rather long. Hints of Ommadawn,  and I liked Maddys bit.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 30, 2022, 10:58:03 AM


I've always been underwhelmed...


...about pretty much everything, really.


Boom boom.  I'm actually a big fan of the first three, and have a soft spot for Moonlight Shadow... ;)


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Post by: Jules Gray on November 30, 2022, 06:45:34 PM



I've always been underwhelmed...


...about pretty much everything, really.


Boom boom.  I'm actually a big fan of the first three, and have a soft spot for Moonlight Shadow... ;)


First four and Moonlight Shadow for me.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on December 01, 2022, 10:06:27 AM
Mike Oldfield  :  Return to Ommadawn  (Virgin CD, 2017).

Well, I like the first 3 too, but this us okay,c and has enough echoes if the original Ommadawn to make it enjoyable.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 01, 2022, 10:21:36 AM
First listen to the new Albion Christmas Band which contains a rare Simon Nicol co-write but is oddly not really a Christmas album at all as it contains very little Christmas specific music, apart from a rendition of Joy To The World. It also repeats a track from Ashley's excellent winter themed album from a couple of years back. To be fair that is also a Christmas song.

Anyway, one I can listen to this far in advance of the holiday without feeling too guilty.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 02, 2022, 09:14:06 AM
Mike Oldfield  :  Tubular Bells  III  (Virgin CD, 2001).

This one I really like. No pale imitation, no predictable reworking,
just a good record.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on December 03, 2022, 09:41:49 AM
Mike Oldfield  :  Crises  (Mercury CD reissue, 2013).

I liked this and bought it back in the 80s.  This reissue has some interesting bonus material.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 03, 2022, 11:07:48 AM

Mike Oldfield  :  Crises  (Mercury CD reissue, 2013).

I liked this and bought it back in the 80s.  This reissue has some interesting bonus material.


That one has always been a real favourite of mine, ever since it came out. And you are right about the reissue, assuming you mean the deluxe box?

As for me, I am about to play Neil Young's Harvest, inspired by seeing the movie a couple of nights back.


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Post by: Paul B on December 03, 2022, 12:54:52 PM
What's your view on the T Petty "Fillmore" box GubGub? (always interested in your opinion)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 03, 2022, 01:21:22 PM

What's your view on the T Petty "Fillmore" box GubGub? (always interested in your opinion)


I have only had chance to listen once, just because of the size of the thing but it is hugely entertaining. Great to have so many new, previously unreleased songs albeit by way of cover versions and the band is on fire during these shows.

I read a comment on another forum that it loses momentum on disc 3 which features the guest turns from Roger McGuinn and John Lee Hooker and I sort of agree with that but it recovers spectacularly on disc 4.

The Live Anthology is still the definitive word on Tom's live performances but this is a good addition. I wouldn't have wanted to pay for it what  some of the UK retailers are asking so wait for a price drop if you can. I got a good deal from an EU retailer which brought it down to about £50 which I thought was just about acceptable for a 4 disc set.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on December 03, 2022, 03:12:48 PM


Mike Oldfield  :  Crises  (Mercury CD reissue, 2013).

I liked this and bought it back in the 80s.  This reissue has some interesting bonus material.


That one has always been a real favourite of mine, ever since it came out. And you are right about the reissue, assuming you mean the deluxe box?

As for me, I am about to play Neil Young's Harvest, inspired by seeing the movie a couple of nights back.


No I just meant the stand  alone CD. Must check out the boxed set.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 03, 2022, 04:03:33 PM
I have now moved on to Dark Horse Records - The Best of 1974 - 1977, an RSD release from last weekend that I have just picked up containing a selection of highlights from George Harrison's vanity label of the mid 70s. Diverse is, I think, the word.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Paul B on December 03, 2022, 06:39:12 PM


What's your view on the T Petty "Fillmore" box GubGub? (always interested in your opinion)


I have only had chance to listen once, just because of the size of the thing but it is hugely entertaining. Great to have so many new, previously unreleased songs albeit by way of cover versions and the band is on fire during these shows.

I read a comment on another forum that it loses momentum on disc 3 which features the guest turns from Roger McGuinn and John Lee Hooker and I sort of agree with that but it recovers spectacularly on disc 4.

The Live Anthology is still the definitive word on Tom's live performances but this is a good addition. I wouldn't have wanted to pay for it what  some of the UK retailers are asking so wait for a price drop if you can. I got a good deal from an EU retailer which brought it down to about £50 which I thought was just about acceptable for a 4 disc set.


Many thanks -sounds good. In most cases the box sets on offer are way overpriced -best recent example -Beach Boys -no way this is a £130+ item


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Post by: Nick Reg on December 03, 2022, 07:33:16 PM



What's your view on the T Petty "Fillmore" box GubGub? (always interested in your opinion)


I have only had chance to listen once, just because of the size of the thing but it is hugely entertaining. Great to have so many new, previously unreleased songs albeit by way of cover versions and the band is on fire during these shows.

I read a comment on another forum that it loses momentum on disc 3 which features the guest turns from Roger McGuinn and John Lee Hooker and I sort of agree with that but it recovers spectacularly on disc 4.

The Live Anthology is still the definitive word on Tom's live performances but this is a good addition. I wouldn't have wanted to pay for it what  some of the UK retailers are asking so wait for a price drop if you can. I got a good deal from an EU retailer which brought it down to about £50 which I thought was just about acceptable for a 4 disc set.


Many thanks -sounds good. In most cases the box sets on offer are way overpriced -best recent example -Beach Boys -no way this is a £130+ item
Nowhere near. It's still bloody good though.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 03, 2022, 10:23:30 PM



What's your view on the T Petty "Fillmore" box GubGub? (always interested in your opinion)


I have only had chance to listen once, just because of the size of the thing but it is hugely entertaining. Great to have so many new, previously unreleased songs albeit by way of cover versions and the band is on fire during these shows.

I read a comment on another forum that it loses momentum on disc 3 which features the guest turns from Roger McGuinn and John Lee Hooker and I sort of agree with that but it recovers spectacularly on disc 4.

The Live Anthology is still the definitive word on Tom's live performances but this is a good addition. I wouldn't have wanted to pay for it what  some of the UK retailers are asking so wait for a price drop if you can. I got a good deal from an EU retailer which brought it down to about £50 which I thought was just about acceptable for a 4 disc set.


Many thanks -sounds good. In most cases the box sets on offer are way overpriced -best recent example -Beach Boys -no way this is a £130+ item


Quite so. I have had to vote with my wallet on that one, much as I would like to have it. The Beatles Revolver was even more scandalous so I have boycotted that one too, the first Beatles set ever that I have not bought.

The forthcoming Dylan box is continuing the trend but I have bitten the bullet on that one, again via a much cheaper EU seller.


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Post by: Jim on December 05, 2022, 02:59:46 PM
the cds which came with the new Crim box set. amazing stuff but especially love the live in Rio tracks with the audience sindgalong
I've not watched the film yet. that'll have to wait for when the present mMs C goes out :D


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Post by: Will S on December 06, 2022, 09:55:37 AM



Mike Oldfield  :  Crises  (Mercury CD reissue, 2013).

I liked this and bought it back in the 80s.  This reissue has some interesting bonus material.


That one has always been a real favourite of mine, ever since it came out. And you are right about the reissue, assuming you mean the deluxe box?

As for me, I am about to play Neil Young's Harvest, inspired by seeing the movie a couple of nights back.


No I just meant the stand  alone CD. Must check out the boxed set.


I bought the Super Deluxe Version - albeit just the downloads through iTunes - as I really liked the original, having bought it when it came out too.  The live concert is great.


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Post by: Jim on December 07, 2022, 08:39:50 PM

the cds which came with the new Crim box set. amazing stuff but especially love the live in Rio tracks with the audience sindgalong
I've not watched the film yet. that'll have to wait for when the present mMs C goes out :D


Just finished the film, it's all you would expect, funny in parts, thoughtful in parts, sad in parts esp Bill Reiflin RIP and Ian MacDonald but always wonderful music


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 08, 2022, 09:29:02 AM
As always on this day of the year, John Lennon and the Beatles on shuffle.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on December 08, 2022, 09:48:24 AM
A Winter Union Live In Concert, picked up on the recent Bandcamp Friday.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 08, 2022, 11:51:49 AM
Fields :   Contrasts  (Esoteric  CD, 2015).

People might like this because it's a Crimson related thing. I just got it because I rather like their sole  self titled album.
Contrasts comprises unreleased stuff.  Polite,
keyboard based prog.
 


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Post by: davidmjs on December 08, 2022, 12:36:33 PM

Fields :   Contrasts  (Esoteric  CD, 2015).

People might like this because it's a Crimson related thing. I just got it because I rather like their sole  self titled album.
Contrasts comprises unreleased stuff.  Polite,
keyboard based prog.
 


I don't know why but I just laughed out loud at "polite"...

Never heard of them...but Sid Smith rates them I see... genuinely worth a listen?


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Post by: Alan2 on December 08, 2022, 03:33:45 PM
I think so yes. The debut is the better album.  You can get both in a box from Cherry Red.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 08, 2022, 03:37:52 PM

A Winter Union Live In Concert, picked up on the recent Bandcamp Friday.


I love that album, not least of all because I was at that show and it was wonderful. Really looking forward to seeing them next week.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on December 10, 2022, 09:55:46 AM
Dave Cousins :  The Boy in the Sailor Suit  (2005 CD, Esoteric 2020 remaster).

This is a great solo effort from our Strawbs front man.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 10, 2022, 04:32:10 PM
I managed to lay my hands on a cheap copy (vinyl) of A Christmas Present from The Albion Band. This is the Cathy Le Surf line up so not my favourite era but I am enjoying it so far, despite the occasional crackle. Much more ambitious than the modern Christmas Band material.


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Post by: PaulT on December 11, 2022, 08:44:36 PM

the cds which came with the new Crim box set. amazing stuff but especially love the live in Rio tracks with the audience sindgalong
I've not watched the film yet. that'll have to wait for when the present mMs C goes out :D


The film is excellent - funny, moving, informative; the shorts and trailers are also well worth watching.  I'll be watching & listening in 5.1 tomorrow when MrsPT goes out. She's not a Crim fan. At all...


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Post by: Will S on December 12, 2022, 12:52:40 PM

I managed to lay my hands on a cheap copy (vinyl) of A Christmas Present from The Albion Band. This is the Cathy Le Surf line up so not my favourite era but I am enjoying it so far, despite the occasional crackle. Much more ambitious than the modern Christmas Band material.


I have had that album for years, but still put it on most years, though it's my digitised copy of the LP now. There's a live album from the same line-up that came out on CD some years back too.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 12, 2022, 10:52:26 PM


I managed to lay my hands on a cheap copy (vinyl) of A Christmas Present from The Albion Band. This is the Cathy Le Surf line up so not my favourite era but I am enjoying it so far, despite the occasional crackle. Much more ambitious than the modern Christmas Band material.


I have had that album for years, but still put it on most years, though it's my digitised copy of the LP now. There's a live album from the same line-up that came out on CD some years back too.


Yes I have had the live album since it came out but have never much liked it. As I say, not my favourite period of the Albions. I like the studio album though.

Today I have mostly been listening to The McGarrigle Christmas Hour.


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Post by: Will S on December 13, 2022, 11:05:10 AM
I'm working my way through the Free Reed Midwinter box in the run-up to Christmas


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Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on December 13, 2022, 07:13:54 PM
Joshua Burnell “Flowers Where The Horses Sleep”
After the announcement that he will be playing Cropredy, just reminding myself how good he is.
I think he will gain a lot of new fans.


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Post by: Nick Reg on December 17, 2022, 03:28:47 PM
You ask Alexa to play Merry Hell and you get bellowhead . For Cliffs sake!


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Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on December 17, 2022, 08:59:23 PM

You ask Alexa to play Merry Hell and you get bellowhead . For Cliffs sake!
;D ;D

That has amused me

I’m listening to an awful singer at an awful Xmas do. This is a low point in a week of highs. Que sera sera!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on December 18, 2022, 11:19:28 AM
David Bowie  :  Blackstar   (Sony CD, 2015).

I'm not the world's greatest Bowie fan - the early albums suit me. A friend left me this and it's my first hearing of it. My listening experience was much affected by both his death and the space between now and 1972, when I bought Zigyy Stardust.  The last whole Bowie album I heard was  Diamond Dogs.  I never got fully aboard the Bowie bus.


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Post by: davidmjs on December 18, 2022, 11:50:07 AM

David Bowie  :  Blackstar   (Sony CD, 2015).

I'm not the world's greatest Bowie fan - the early albums suit me. A friend left me this and it's my first hearing of it. My listening experience was much affected by both his death and the space between now and 1972, when I bought Zigyy Stardust.  The last whole Bowie album I heard was  Diamond Dogs.  I never got fully aboard the Bowie bus.


I'm not a Bowie fan at all.  My regular listening doesn't go far beyond the Berlin trilogy and Scary Monsters (which I love) but I think The Next Day and Blackstar are fantastic works probably with more connections to the latter works of Scott Walker (?) than much that came before for Bowie.  There's a dissertation in there somewhere...


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Post by: Alan2 on December 18, 2022, 12:20:05 PM


David Bowie  :  Blackstar   (Sony CD, 2015).

I'm not the world's greatest Bowie fan - the early albums suit me. A friend left me this and it's my first hearing of it. My listening experience was much affected by both his death and the space between now and 1972, when I bought Zigyy Stardust.  The last whole Bowie album I heard was  Diamond Dogs.  I never got fully aboard the Bowie bus.


I'm not a Bowie fan at all.  My regular listening doesn't go far beyond the Berlin trilogy and Scary Monsters (which I love) but I think The Next Day and Blackstar are fantastic works probably with more connections to the latter works of Scott Walker (?) than much that came before for Bowie.  There's a dissertation in there somewhere...


Yes, I can hear that. A darkness and grandeur.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 20, 2022, 12:34:29 AM


David Bowie  :  Blackstar   (Sony CD, 2015).

I'm not the world's greatest Bowie fan - the early albums suit me. A friend left me this and it's my first hearing of it. My listening experience was much affected by both his death and the space between now and 1972, when I bought Zigyy Stardust.  The last whole Bowie album I heard was  Diamond Dogs.  I never got fully aboard the Bowie bus.


I'm not a Bowie fan at all.  My regular listening doesn't go far beyond the Berlin trilogy and Scary Monsters (which I love) but I think The Next Day and Blackstar are fantastic works probably with more connections to the latter works of Scott Walker (?) than much that came before for Bowie.  There's a dissertation in there somewhere...


When I first listened to Blackstar, the day before Bowie died, there had been a lot of reviews talking about the jazz elements of the album and I was expecting possibly not to like it very much but I immediately felt that there was a diect line to Blackstar from the Berlin albums and I loved it straight away. Still do.

I saw somebody commenting the other day that they did not really like the album because there are no tunes on it. Are they nuts? I couldn't get I Can't Give Everything Away out of my head for days after first hearing it.



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Post by: davidmjs on December 20, 2022, 08:42:15 AM



David Bowie  :  Blackstar   (Sony CD, 2015).

I'm not the world's greatest Bowie fan - the early albums suit me. A friend left me this and it's my first hearing of it. My listening experience was much affected by both his death and the space between now and 1972, when I bought Zigyy Stardust.  The last whole Bowie album I heard was  Diamond Dogs.  I never got fully aboard the Bowie bus.


I'm not a Bowie fan at all.  My regular listening doesn't go far beyond the Berlin trilogy and Scary Monsters (which I love) but I think The Next Day and Blackstar are fantastic works probably with more connections to the latter works of Scott Walker (?) than much that came before for Bowie.  There's a dissertation in there somewhere...


When I first listened to Blackstar, the day before Bowie died, there had been a lot of reviews talking about the jazz elements of the album and I was expecting possibly not to like it very much but I immediately felt that there was a diect line to Blackstar from the Berlin albums and I loved it straight away. Still do.

I saw somebody commenting the other day that they did not really like the album because there are no tunes on it. Are they nuts? I couldn't get I Can't Give Everything Away out of my head for days after first hearing it.




So true.  I too listened to it on release day (probably the first Bowie album I'd ever done that to) and loved it.  Was so strange to have that experience and then have the death announcement immediately after.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on December 20, 2022, 09:40:49 AM
Hudson Ford :  The A&M Albums  (Caroline 3CD box, 2017).


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Post by: Andy on December 20, 2022, 03:46:58 PM
Terry Hall - Home. :(


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Post by: Nick Reg on December 22, 2022, 06:13:25 PM
Runrig - The cutter & The Clan
Chris Difford - The Last Temptation of Chris
Headsticks - Flatline Town EP


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Post by: Jules Gray on December 22, 2022, 11:14:47 PM

Chris Difford - The Last Temptation of Chris


What a great title!  ;D

Jules


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Post by: Nick Reg on December 23, 2022, 06:56:18 AM


Chris Difford - The Last Temptation of Chris


What a great title!  ;D

Jules
There's a song called Fat As A Fiddle.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 23, 2022, 09:38:26 AM


Chris Difford - The Last Temptation of Chris


What a great title!  ;D

Jules


It is also a pretty decent album.

The previous one, I Didn't Get Where I Am contains a song called Cowboys Are My Weakness which is one of the best things Chris has ever written


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Post by: blagden on December 23, 2022, 09:24:32 PM
Susan Tedeschi - Wait For Me, Dave Mattacks on drums recorded in Brookline USA 2001?

How did that happen?


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Post by: Alan2 on December 24, 2022, 07:40:35 AM
Keith Christmas:  Timeless and Strange (compilation) (Castle CD, 2004).


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 24, 2022, 11:17:08 AM
Trying to inject some semblance of festive feeling against the odds.

Live In Concert
- A Winter Union
With Joyful Call - A Winter Union
Christmas Album - The Albion Band
The McGarrigle Christmas Hour - Kate & Anna McGarrigle
All Are Safely Gathered In - The Albion Christmas Band


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Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on December 24, 2022, 11:18:32 AM
Jethro Tull “Songs From The Wood” Steven Wilson remix.
Getting in a festive mood.


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Post by: Shane (Skirky) on December 28, 2022, 11:14:01 AM

Susan Tedeschi - Wait For Me, Dave Mattacks on drums recorded in Brookline USA 2001?

How did that happen?


Wasn’t he living in the area at the time and, well, it is his job…  ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: blagden on December 28, 2022, 07:56:54 PM
Martin Simpson - Kind Letters based on the very unscientific basis that I saw him in Fatface this afternoon.


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Post by: ColinB on December 29, 2022, 10:50:31 AM
I missed hearing about this when it was broadcast a couple of months ago but just gave it a listen on Sounds.

Acid Dream: The Great LSD Plot
In the 1970s it’s estimated that about 60% of the world’s LSD came from one place: Wales. This is the story of an attempt to start a revolution of the mind, from a Welsh farmhouse

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p0d6bs79


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on December 29, 2022, 08:59:44 PM
Blondie-Against The Odds 1974-1982 box set. Other than the hits, I never explored Blondie's catalog that much. In fact the only one I sort of remember as a full album was Parallel Lines, which was one of those inescabable albums back in the day. This set has been very revealing to me therefore. As a boxset, the large in physical and content size is impressive. As I said on FB, the layout actually reminds me of one of those Taschen art books, with lots of great rare photos, and variety of color used. I only wish I had a coffee table for it to take prominent position!


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Post by: Nick Reg on December 29, 2022, 10:31:16 PM

Blondie-Against The Odds 1974-1982 box set. Other than the hits, I never explored Blondie's catalog that much. In fact the only one I sort of remember as a full album was Parallel Lines, which was one of those inescabable albums back in the day. This set has been very revealing to me therefore. As a boxset, the large in physical and content size is impressive. As I said on FB, the layout actually reminds me of one of those Taschen art books, with lots of great rare photos, and variety of color used. I only wish I had a coffee table for it to take prominent position!
I love box sets but they do take up a lot of space.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 30, 2022, 12:32:21 PM
Al Stewart  :  Modern Times  (BGO CD, 2000).

A favourite, and I like this CD edition.


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Post by: ColinB on December 31, 2022, 03:25:46 PM
I've had something of an RT fest these last couple of days playing most of his studio albums from Rumor and Sigh up to Still. I hadn't listened to Sweet Warrior and Dream Attic in ages and enjoyed revisiting them.

Now listening to the compilation Beat The Retreat - Songs by Richard Thompson.



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Post by: davidmjs on January 01, 2023, 09:48:02 AM
Well, my first album of the year is... https://burdellen.bandcamp.com/album/a-tarot-of-the-green-wood

Listened twice already this morning.  It's breathtakingly good.  A bit late to the party (released 31/10/22) but very happy to have found it.


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Post by: Nick Reg on January 01, 2023, 12:20:42 PM
Been working through Unta's Stranded In Reality again


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Post by: Alan2 on January 03, 2023, 09:14:25 AM
Vinegar joe:  Finer Things  - The Island Recordings 1972-73 (Esoteric 3CD box,  2021).

Well named set. Considering the rather average stuff one knows or knows of from the period,  these albums are real quality.


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Post by: Andy on January 03, 2023, 11:17:00 AM
Camel - Moonmadness (https://youtu.be/DYIBtjTeIFM). In 1976 Wendy and I loved this and still do.

40 minutes can seldom be better spent.



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Post by: GubGub (Al) on January 03, 2023, 11:42:17 AM
Today is the first day of the Christmas period (we are still within the 12 days right?) when I have felt remotely like doing any extended listening so my Santa deliveries are to the fore.

Only The Strong Survive Bruce Springsteen's album of soul covers. It is pleasant listening and makes for decent background music for the sorts of household chores I have been undertaking this morning but really, much like Dylan's Sinatra albums, what's the point? Bruce plays a lot of this sort of stuff with the E Street Band, usually as encores and I would much rather have had a compilation of those live recordings than this but it won't get turned off if it randomly appears on shuffle.

World Record - Neil Young & Crazy Horse. I have to say I like the way this album sounds a lot. Having seen the Harvest Time movie just before Christmas this sounds to me of a piece with that sort of vibe. It is certainly my favourite of the three recent Crazy Horse albums. Of course the songs themselves are nowhere near on a par with that early 70s output (though I do think Chevrolet is a new Neil classic). Where I have a problem is with some of Neil's lyrics. I am sure his on the nose environmentalism is very noble but what purpose does it serve when it is only being heard by a decreasing audience of the already converted? A Neil Young song is not going to save the world in 2023 but a great Neil Young song would still have the capacity to inspire in other ways.

Queen of the Whirl - Eliza Carthy & The Restitution. This is, of course, great. My favourite Eliza album is Big Machine with The Wayward Band and the live shows that accompanied it were stunning. This is a look back over Eliza's 30 year career but very much in the style of The Wayward Band. In other words it brings the noise to the folk which is my favourite combination. Right up my alley. Highly recommended.


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Post by: davidmjs on January 03, 2023, 11:54:30 AM



World Record - Neil Young & Crazy Horse. I have to say I like the way this album sounds a lot. Having seen the Harvest Time movie just before Christmas this sounds to me of a piece with that sort of vibe. It is certainly my favourite of the three recent Crazy Horse albums. Of course the songs themselves are nowhere near on a par with that early 70s output (though I do think Chevrolet is a new Neil classic). Where I have a problem is with some of Neil's lyrics. I am sure his on the nose environmentalism is very noble but what purpose does it serve when it is only being heard by a decreasing audience of the already converted? A Neil Young song is not going to save the world in 2023 but a great Neil Young song would still have the capacity to inspire in other ways.




These are the lyrics to your new Neil classic:

One, two, one, two, three
Almost got an old Chevrolet
Man, that car was talking to me
Chevrolet
Pretty red lights and the paint was gleaming
I was seeing myself in a different way
Chevrolet
Shifting gears, I had to pull away
Lost on the winding highway in my mind
Oh, but it feels so good
How will it comfort me
Burnin' all that fuel again?
Gone is the crowded highway
Lost, are the roads we left behind
Found in the place they live inside me
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Wanderin' with an ancient Nomad
On the dusty lanes of this old highway
Chevrolet
Never lost before I found you
Now I need to just forget our bad turns
Chevrolet
What a curve and what a way to go
We took it fast before we took it slow
Oh, and it feels so good
Rollin' the window down
Ivory wheel in my hands again
Gone is the crowded highway
Lost, are the roads we left behind
Found in the place they live inside me
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Chevrolet


Honestly, the guy can't write anything other than trite these days (imho).  Some of his lyrics were always a bit like this (T-bone etc), but it's all so utterly one-dimensional these days.  Throwaway stuff.  Why expect us to bother?  Heartbreaking.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on January 03, 2023, 12:02:54 PM




World Record - Neil Young & Crazy Horse. I have to say I like the way this album sounds a lot. Having seen the Harvest Time movie just before Christmas this sounds to me of a piece with that sort of vibe. It is certainly my favourite of the three recent Crazy Horse albums. Of course the songs themselves are nowhere near on a par with that early 70s output (though I do think Chevrolet is a new Neil classic). Where I have a problem is with some of Neil's lyrics. I am sure his on the nose environmentalism is very noble but what purpose does it serve when it is only being heard by a decreasing audience of the already converted? A Neil Young song is not going to save the world in 2023 but a great Neil Young song would still have the capacity to inspire in other ways.




These are the lyrics to your new Neil classic:

One, two, one, two, three
Almost got an old Chevrolet
Man, that car was talking to me
Chevrolet
Pretty red lights and the paint was gleaming
I was seeing myself in a different way
Chevrolet
Shifting gears, I had to pull away
Lost on the winding highway in my mind
Oh, but it feels so good
How will it comfort me
Burnin' all that fuel again?
Gone is the crowded highway
Lost, are the roads we left behind
Found in the place they live inside me
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Wanderin' with an ancient Nomad
On the dusty lanes of this old highway
Chevrolet
Never lost before I found you
Now I need to just forget our bad turns
Chevrolet
What a curve and what a way to go
We took it fast before we took it slow
Oh, and it feels so good
Rollin' the window down
Ivory wheel in my hands again
Gone is the crowded highway
Lost, are the roads we left behind
Found in the place they live inside me
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Chevrolet


Honestly, the guy can't write anything other than trite these days (imho).  Some of his lyrics were always a bit like this (T-bone etc), but it's all so utterly one-dimensional these days.  Throwaway stuff.  Why expect us to bother?  Heartbreaking.


Chevrolet is not a classic because of the lyrics. As I already pointed out, the lyrics on the album fail to convince generally but when the Horse get into a groove I am not generally focussing on the lyrics and this is one of those. F*ckin' Up was hardly a lyrical masterpiece but it is still a Horse classic.


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Post by: Alan2 on January 03, 2023, 12:40:08 PM

Camel - Moonmadness (https://youtu.be/DYIBtjTeIFM). In 1976 Wendy and I loved this and still do.

40 minutes can seldom be better spent.




I love vintage Camel.  I remember seeing them on the Snow goose tour.


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Post by: Shane (Skirky) on January 03, 2023, 10:09:21 PM

Camel - Moonmadness (https://youtu.be/DYIBtjTeIFM). In 1976 Wendy and I loved this and still do.

40 minutes can seldom be better spent.




Lovely. Kicked off a stellar run of albums.


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Post by: Will S on January 04, 2023, 10:32:04 AM


Camel - Moonmadness (https://youtu.be/DYIBtjTeIFM). In 1976 Wendy and I loved this and still do.

40 minutes can seldom be better spent.




Lovely. Kicked off a stellar run of albums.


You wouldn't say The Snow Goose, or even Mirage, had already started that run?

I was too young to enjoy the albums when they first came out, but picked up on the band a few years later.  The Moonmadness concerts a few years ago were my first opportunity to actually see them live though.


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Post by: ColinB on January 06, 2023, 06:02:18 PM
The Magpie Arc which is the new project that Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr are involved with. I must admit I wondered if I had downloaded the right album as the opening track is all loud guitars and drums which I don't associate with those two. But as it says on their website...

"There will be folk, and definitely rock. A bit of country, there may even be some blues."

It certainly blows that post-New Year hangover away.  :)


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Post by: davidmjs on January 06, 2023, 06:51:09 PM

The Magpie Arc which is the new project that Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr are involved with. I must admit I wondered if I had downloaded the right album as the opening track is all loud guitars and drums which I don't associate with those two. But as it says on their website...

"There will be folk, and definitely rock. A bit of country, there may even be some blues."

It certainly blows that post-New Year hangover away.  :)



I'm a bit surprised there hasn't been more about this project on here.  I "quite like it" but feel like I should like it more.  I can't help but feel that Martin is somewhat 'diminished' (?) by playing the electric - something I certainly don't feel with regards to RT or whatever.  Maybe it's simply because we're so used to what he normally does?  I do like Nancy's voice...always have.


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Post by: Alan2 on January 07, 2023, 08:48:39 AM
Mott the Hoople  :  Mad Shadows  (Island  LP reissue, 2019).


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Post by: Nick Reg on January 07, 2023, 01:16:44 PM


The Magpie Arc which is the new project that Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr are involved with. I must admit I wondered if I had downloaded the right album as the opening track is all loud guitars and drums which I don't associate with those two. But as it says on their website...

"There will be folk, and definitely rock. A bit of country, there may even be some blues."

It certainly blows that post-New Year hangover away.  :)



I'm a bit surprised there hasn't been more about this project on here.  I "quite like it" but feel like I should like it more.  I can't help but feel that Martin is somewhat 'diminished' (?) by playing the electric - something I certainly don't feel with regards to RT or whatever.  Maybe it's simply because we're so used to what he normally does?  I do like Nancy's voice...always have.
I saw the band and Martin solo acoustic at a festival last year. Loved the band didnt enjoy the solo at all but then the latter just isnt my thing anyway.


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Post by: Nick Reg on January 09, 2023, 05:28:30 PM
Martyn Joseph Alberts Place from 21st Century Folk. Fabulous. Which led me to video of him doing Thunder Road with Rob Brydon!! After that had to listen to Let Yourself and Faith Folk and Anarchy. Looking forward to seeing him on Wednesday. It's at a church so what are the chances of I'll Take You Out?


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Post by: PaulT on January 09, 2023, 07:57:04 PM
"Rise Up Like The Sun" - Albion Band - haven't listened closely to it for quite some time... what an album!


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Post by: Alan2 on January 11, 2023, 09:14:59 AM
Traffic albums, all of the ones I've got, which is several. Most recently acquired Shootout at the Fantasy  Factory  LP reissue.

I realise Traffic went through some changes of personnel and musical style, but since I started listening to them around 1990, I haven't found a Traffic album I don't like and get great pleasure from.  Even their last, When the Eagle Flies  (1974) has some good moments on it, though some weak tracks too.


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Post by: davidmjs on January 11, 2023, 09:35:27 AM

Traffic albums, all of the ones I've got, which is several. Most recently acquired Shootout at the Fantasy  Factory  LP reissue.

I realise Traffic went through some changes of personnel and musical style, but since I started listening to them around 1990, I haven't found a Traffic album I don't like and get great pleasure from.  Even their last, When the Eagle Flies  (1974) has some good moments on it, though some weak tracks too.


Not their last - Far from Home came out in '94 from the reunited band.  I don't particularly rate it but the recordings of some of the shows are quite enjoyable.


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Post by: Alan2 on January 11, 2023, 11:20:19 AM


Traffic albums, all of the ones I've got, which is several. Most recently acquired Shootout at the Fantasy  Factory  LP reissue.

I realise Traffic went through some changes of personnel and musical style, but since I started listening to them around 1990, I haven't found a Traffic album I don't like and get great pleasure from.  Even their last, When the Eagle Flies  (1974) has some good moments on it, though some weak tracks too.


Not their last - Far from Home came out in '94 from the reunited band.  I don't particularly rate it but the recordings of some of the shows are quite enjoyable.


Yes I know about their comeback album.   Haven't heard it.n


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Post by: Alan2 on January 15, 2023, 11:15:10 AM
Barclay James Harvest  :  Their first Album    (EMI  CD, 2002).

Nice, though they got better.

One of those CDs where the time occupied by bonus tracks way exceeds the length of the album itself. 'Brother Thrush' is Nice.


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Post by: Will S on January 16, 2023, 10:43:10 AM
Richard Thompson Big Band, live at Rockpalast 1983. I've always enjoyed the recordings from this line-up, and I'm sorry I never saw them, but it was shortly before I discovered RT.  I recorded a concert from the radio (BBC In Concert series) which was recorded shortly before this and enjoyed that for many years until I no longer had access to a cassette player.


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Post by: ColinB on January 20, 2023, 12:11:53 PM
Has to be David Crosby today...

CSN - CSN (77)
CSN&Y - So Far
DC - If I Could Only Remember My Name

And now the freebie CD that came with Mojo of 6 live CSN&Y tracks from 1974

I reckon I've got about 25 albums with Croz on them across 4 formats.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on January 23, 2023, 11:01:30 AM
A playlist made up of the 20 greatest David Crosby songs, as selected by Rolling Stone magazine.

Delighted to find I have 19 of the 20 in my own collection, the remaining one being a recnt song that I have added courtesy of Prime music streaming.


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Post by: mickf on January 23, 2023, 01:21:19 PM
I had a bit of a Stevie Wonder day yesterday. 'Talking Book', 'Innervisions', 'Fulfillingness' First Finale' and 'Hotter Than July'. Some great songs on all of those albums, but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be 'Innervisions'.

Today I've been listening to two albums I've never owned until now - '12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus' by Spirit and the debut album by Heads Hands and Feet. I recall hearing 'Mr Skin' from Sardonicus on the 'Rock Buster' sampler and being intrigued. A school friend let me borrow his precious copy and I liked it, but I never got round to buying it. So after fifty-odd years I finally bought it (it now has the obligatory bonus tracks plus a whole second disc recorded live.) As for Heads Hands and Feet, again I got to hear a wonderful song on a sampler - this time it was 'El Pea' and the song was 'Song For Suzie'. I did get a copy of the album, but was devastated when I discovered that 'Song for Suzie' wasn't on the album. I found out later that it was on the USA release, which was a double album.  Again, I decided to rectify the situation after a gap of half a century.  Wallowing in nostalgia.....


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Post by: davidmjs on January 23, 2023, 01:27:11 PM

Today I've been listening to two albums I've never owned until now - '12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus' by Spirit


That's a Top Ten-ish album for me certainly....


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Post by: Nick Reg on January 23, 2023, 03:10:06 PM

I had a bit of a Stevie Wonder day yesterday. 'Talking Book', 'Innervisions', 'Fulfillingness' First Finale' and 'Hotter Than July'. Some great songs on all of those albums, but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be 'Innervisions'.

Today I've been listening to two albums I've never owned until now - '12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus' by Spirit and the debut album by Heads Hands and Feet. I recall hearing 'Mr Skin' from Sardonicus on the 'Rock Buster' sampler and being intrigued. A school friend let me borrow his precious copy and I liked it, but I never got round to buying it. So after fifty-odd years I finally bought it (it now has the obligatory bonus tracks plus a whole second disc recorded live.) As for Heads Hands and Feet, again I got to hear a wonderful song on a sampler - this time it was 'El Pea' and the song was 'Song For Suzie'. I did get a copy of the album, but was devastated when I discovered that 'Song for Suzie' wasn't on the album. I found out later that it was on the USA release, which was a double album.  Again, I decided to rectify the situation after a gap of half a century.  Wallowing in nostalgia.....


With Jerry Donahue involved on the production side. Saw them live at the time and immediately bought the double album.


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Post by: Jules Gray on January 23, 2023, 04:52:33 PM


Today I've been listening to two albums I've never owned until now - '12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus' by Spirit


That's a Top Ten-ish album for me certainly....


Top 20 or 30 for me. Not a bad track on it. Nothing else they did comes anywhere near. It's brilliant.

Jules


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Post by: Will S on January 23, 2023, 05:17:40 PM



Today I've been listening to two albums I've never owned until now - '12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus' by Spirit


That's a Top Ten-ish album for me certainly....


Top 20 or 30 for me. Not a bad track on it. Nothing else they did comes anywhere near. It's brilliant.

Jules


I've not heard that album for probably 35 years. Must have another listen.


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Post by: mickf on January 25, 2023, 01:02:33 PM
Currently listening to 'Bold Reynold' by David Caroll and Friends (including Dave Pegg and Chris Leslie). After seeing the discussion about this on here I thought I'd buy the album. I'm glad I did. It's excellent.


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Post by: DarrenWilliams on January 31, 2023, 09:21:47 AM
I don't often buy music magazines these days, but I got the latest Uncut because of the Linda Thompson article. The opening track on the free CD is Watching Planes Go By by Kassi Valazza. Don't know anything about her but this track is wonderful. Late 60s west coast feel, with some great lead guitar work.


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Post by: ColinB on January 31, 2023, 10:32:16 AM
Came across this track by Allison De Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves yesterday on YouTube. They are part of the Transatlantic Sessions band who will be touring the UK next month after playing at Celtic Connections. If bluegrass is your thang, give them a listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76zNOeTh6Lg&ab_channel=musicmanhann


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Post by: ColinB on February 01, 2023, 10:34:12 AM
Just realised that my last posting should have been in the "YouTube music clips of interest" thread but I did then listen to Allison and Tatiana's album Hurricane Clarice followed by Ragged Union's Round Feet, Chrome Smile.  


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Post by: Jim on February 01, 2023, 10:53:01 AM
Well not quite listening to but soon will be,  House Full For Sale just dropped onto the mat as I was about to take the Hellhounds of Crim out for walkies and thence the current, long suffering, mrs C to tesco to stock up on life’s necessities and get a photo for her driving licence due to a significant birthday looming large.   I sent off my form for the same thing on Monday since my significant anniversary is also looming.


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Post by: Ian_ on February 01, 2023, 11:23:49 AM

I don't often buy music magazines these days, but I got the latest Uncut because of the Linda Thompson article. The opening track on the free CD is Watching Planes Go By by Kassi Valazza. Don't know anything about her but this track is wonderful. Late 60s west coast feel, with some great lead guitar work.


 Thanks for the pointer, Darren  :)  The song is available on her Bandcamp page and it's released in advance of an April album.... https://kassivalazza.bandcamp.com/album/kassi-valazza-knows-nothing


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Post by: mickf on February 01, 2023, 11:47:33 AM
Currently listening to Martyn Joseph's latest album '1960' - I never tire of his voice and his wonderful music.


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Post by: Jim on February 01, 2023, 03:05:16 PM

Well not quite listening to but soon will be,  House Full For Sale just dropped onto the mat as I was about to take the Hellhounds of Crim out for walkies and thence the current, long suffering, mrs C to tesco to stock up on life’s necessities and get a photo for her driving licence due to a significant birthday looming large.   I sent off my form for the same thing on Monday since my significant anniversary is also looming.


Well i really , really like it, its a far better recording than the ones available shortly after last years Cropredy and worth having if you're still wondering whether or not to bother.


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Post by: davidmjs on February 01, 2023, 03:27:49 PM


Well not quite listening to but soon will be,  House Full For Sale just dropped onto the mat as I was about to take the Hellhounds of Crim out for walkies and thence the current, long suffering, mrs C to tesco to stock up on life’s necessities and get a photo for her driving licence due to a significant birthday looming large.   I sent off my form for the same thing on Monday since my significant anniversary is also looming.


Well i really , really like it, its a far better recording than the ones available shortly after last years Cropredy and worth having if you're still wondering whether or not to bother.


Oh, go on then, you've twisted this refusenik's arm...


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Post by: Will S on February 01, 2023, 05:12:29 PM



Well not quite listening to but soon will be,  House Full For Sale just dropped onto the mat as I was about to take the Hellhounds of Crim out for walkies and thence the current, long suffering, mrs C to tesco to stock up on life’s necessities and get a photo for her driving licence due to a significant birthday looming large.   I sent off my form for the same thing on Monday since my significant anniversary is also looming.


Well i really , really like it, its a far better recording than the ones available shortly after last years Cropredy and worth having if you're still wondering whether or not to bother.


Oh, go on then, you've twisted this refusenik's arm...


I hope to pick it up tomorrow evening in Exeter.


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Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on February 01, 2023, 08:19:36 PM


Well not quite listening to but soon will be,  House Full For Sale just dropped onto the mat as I was about to take the Hellhounds of Crim out for walkies and thence the current, long suffering, mrs C to tesco to stock up on life’s necessities and get a photo for her driving licence due to a significant birthday looming large.   I sent off my form for the same thing on Monday since my significant anniversary is also looming.


Well i really , really like it, its a far better recording than the ones available shortly after last years Cropredy and worth having if you're still wondering whether or not to bother.
Has “Doctor of Physick” been tampered with?


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 01, 2023, 10:17:45 PM



Well not quite listening to but soon will be,  House Full For Sale just dropped onto the mat as I was about to take the Hellhounds of Crim out for walkies and thence the current, long suffering, mrs C to tesco to stock up on life’s necessities and get a photo for her driving licence due to a significant birthday looming large.   I sent off my form for the same thing on Monday since my significant anniversary is also looming.


Well i really , really like it, its a far better recording than the ones available shortly after last years Cropredy and worth having if you're still wondering whether or not to bother.
Has “Doctor of Physick” been tampered with?


Doesn't the Doctor do most of the tampering himself?


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Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on February 02, 2023, 08:27:59 AM




Well not quite listening to but soon will be,  House Full For Sale just dropped onto the mat as I was about to take the Hellhounds of Crim out for walkies and thence the current, long suffering, mrs C to tesco to stock up on life’s necessities and get a photo for her driving licence due to a significant birthday looming large.   I sent off my form for the same thing on Monday since my significant anniversary is also looming.


Well i really , really like it, its a far better recording than the ones available shortly after last years Cropredy and worth having if you're still wondering whether or not to bother.
Has “Doctor of Physick” been tampered with?


Doesn't the Doctor do most of the tampering himself?
👏👏👏


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Post by: Nick Reg on February 02, 2023, 09:22:38 PM
Marquee Moon by Television
Sean Nos Nua by Sinead O'Connor.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 02, 2023, 09:29:45 PM


Well not quite listening to but soon will be,  House Full For Sale just dropped onto the mat as I was about to take the Hellhounds of Crim out for walkies and thence the current, long suffering, mrs C to tesco to stock up on life’s necessities and get a photo for her driving licence due to a significant birthday looming large.   I sent off my form for the same thing on Monday since my significant anniversary is also looming.


Well i really , really like it, its a far better recording than the ones available shortly after last years Cropredy and worth having if you're still wondering whether or not to bother.


Playing my copy now. It is not going to supplant the original but it is a great listen. Sounds a lot better than the radio broadcast. I think some tidying up has been done on the vocals, particularly on Flowers of the Forest which now sounds lovely but whatever tweaking has been applied sounds entirely natural.

Following up with This Time Next Year (The Missing Third Album) - Pele


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Post by: Jules Gray on February 03, 2023, 11:11:44 AM

Marquee Moon by Television
Sean Nos Nua by Sinead O'Connor.


I adore both of these albums. Would never think of playing them both on the same day.

Jules


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Post by: Nick Reg on February 03, 2023, 04:28:41 PM


Marquee Moon by Television
Sean Nos Nua by Sinead O'Connor.


I adore both of these albums. Would never think of playing them both on the same day.

Jules
How do you cope at festivals?


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Post by: davidmjs on February 03, 2023, 04:32:04 PM



Marquee Moon by Television
Sean Nos Nua by Sinead O'Connor.


I adore both of these albums. Would never think of playing them both on the same day.

Jules
How do you cope at festivals?


 ;D ;D ;D


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Post by: Jules Gray on February 03, 2023, 10:09:29 PM

How do you cope at festivals?


It's not easy.

Jules


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Post by: Nick on February 03, 2023, 10:14:32 PM



Marquee Moon by Television
Sean Nos Nua by Sinead O'Connor.


I adore both of these albums. Would never think of playing them both on the same day.

Jules
How do you cope at festivals?

Were they ever on the same lineup???


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Post by: Alan2 on February 04, 2023, 09:07:16 AM
Ralph McTell back catalogue:

Blue Skies Black Heroes,  Water of Dreams,   Not till Tomorrow,  Sand in your Shoes.

All on CD.


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Post by: davidmjs on February 04, 2023, 01:37:47 PM
Well, I received Full House For Sale this morning and have given it the once over.  It's enjoyable if strangely not quite as essential as it really ought to be (no, I don't know what I mean either).  Isn't it kind of a little weird that all of the photography is of a different concert to the one we're listening to?!


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Post by: Andy on February 04, 2023, 04:52:50 PM


Last 5 albums played
1) The Dog Show Sessions (Live) - Show of Hands & Track Dogs
2) Full House For Sale - Fairport Convention Live at Cropredy Festival 2022
3) P.U.L.S.E. - Pink Floyd Live at Earl's Court 1994
4) Saltlines - Gigspanner Big Band with Raynor Winn
5) Pyramid - Alan Parsons Project


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 04, 2023, 10:55:06 PM

Well, I received Full House For Sale this morning and have given it the once over.  It's enjoyable if strangely not quite as essential as it really ought to be (no, I don't know what I mean either).  Isn't it kind of a little weird that all of the photography is of a different concert to the one we're listening to?!


I had the same thought on both counts but I don't think it was ever going to be essential because the original album exists, as does Live At The LA Troubadour and other performances by that line up (on The Cropredy Box from 1997 for example).

Meanwhile I have spent most of the day listening to Fragments: Time Out Of Mind Sessions 1996 - 97, the latest Bootleg Series release by Bob Dylan and most of the evening listening to reissues of the two albums by The Pale Fountains from the mid 80s. I didn't catch on to Michael Head and his brother until Shack and am only now working back.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on February 05, 2023, 10:24:54 AM

 John Barry: The more things change - Film, TV and Studio Work 1968-1972

 Listening to this makes me realise the extent to which that sort of lush, wistful, orchestral pop was part of the soundtrack to my childhood  :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on February 06, 2023, 09:49:52 AM
Listening to my latest acquisitions on Bandcamp Friday:

Big Big Train Summer Shall Not Fade
David Carroll & Friends Bold Reynold
The Bardic Depths The Bardic Depths

and then I'll start on Eliza Carthy & The Restitution Queen Of The Whirl


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on February 11, 2023, 03:53:43 PM
Paul Kantner and Grace Slick - Sunfighter. For some reason I was reading about it last night and then when I went to the second hand record shop, there it was!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: MarkV on February 11, 2023, 04:36:40 PM

Paul Kantner and Grace Slick - Sunfighter. For some reason I was reading about it last night and then when I went to the second hand record shop, there it was!

I had a similar thing happen last week. 3 weeks ago i picked up REM greatest hits with a few other CD's from  the local BHF charity shop, mentioned it to a friend who said, "The IRS years double CD?".. I replied no just a single cd.  Went back to the charity shop the following Friday and found the double IRS years plus REM live at Dublin, 2 cds and dvd, for £4.50 the pair.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on February 12, 2023, 04:20:05 PM

Paul Kantner and Grace Slick - Sunfighter. For some reason I was reading about it last night and then when I went to the second hand record shop, there it was!


One of the best albums ever made.  All those PERRO albums are friggin' ace.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: DarrenWilliams on February 12, 2023, 08:48:12 PM
Weyes Blood. Going to see her tomorrow at Manchester Ritz.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Brendan on February 12, 2023, 09:53:50 PM

Paul Kantner and Grace Slick - Sunfighter. For some reason I was reading about it last night and then when I went to the second hand record shop, there it was!
I can't remember which album I had of thiers but it had The Planet Earth Rock N Roll Orchestra on it and I remember it was much derided, but I enjoyed it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on February 13, 2023, 08:38:57 AM

Weyes Blood. Going to see her tomorrow at Manchester Ritz.


Oh, God...had no idea about this.  We wondered past the Ritz on Saturday (after Mogwai on Fri) and were talking about the gigs we'd seen there and how much we liked the venue.  I've only really discovered her in the last year but And in the Darkness...is an awesome album.  Enjoy!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: sliprigilio (Al) on February 13, 2023, 03:25:11 PM


Paul Kantner and Grace Slick - Sunfighter. For some reason I was reading about it last night and then when I went to the second hand record shop, there it was!


One of the best albums ever made.  All those PERRO albums are friggin' ace.


Sunfighter is a scorcher! (Ouch!)  Way better than the contemporaneous Airplane albums (Bark & Long John Silver).  I hope your copy has the intriguing booklet....You'll be after 'Baron Von Tolbooth & the Chrome Nun' next....

Cheers,

Slippy

 8)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on February 13, 2023, 08:39:28 PM



Paul Kantner and Grace Slick - Sunfighter. For some reason I was reading about it last night and then when I went to the second hand record shop, there it was!


One of the best albums ever made.  All those PERRO albums are friggin' ace.


Sunfighter is a scorcher! (Ouch!)  Way better than the contemporaneous Airplane albums (Bark & Long John Silver).  I hope your copy has the intriguing booklet....You'll be after 'Baron Von Tolbooth & the Chrome Nun' next....

Cheers,

Slippy

 8)


Baron has the most amazing cover and just shows why vinyl can be a thing of beauty over CD. I seem to remember the song mentioning 7" of pleasure from Grace sparking quite a lot of giggling in our 6th form at the time.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on February 13, 2023, 10:26:40 PM
I have just discovered The “Oh Brother “ podcasts of Steve and Paul Hanley about the wonderful and frightening world of The Fall.  I’m about 7 shows in and thoroughly enjoying them.  Lots of Fall related guests, members and people long associated with the much missed Mark E Smith. He was not appreciated😉


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on February 14, 2023, 08:40:52 AM



Paul Kantner and Grace Slick - Sunfighter. For some reason I was reading about it last night and then when I went to the second hand record shop, there it was!


One of the best albums ever made.  All those PERRO albums are friggin' ace.


Sunfighter is a scorcher! (Ouch!)  Way better than the contemporaneous Airplane albums (Bark & Long John Silver).  I hope your copy has the intriguing booklet....You'll be after 'Baron Von Tolbooth & the Chrome Nun' next....

Cheers,

Slippy

 8)
Some of Paul's songs on Bark and LJS were superb.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 15, 2023, 02:18:12 PM
Diving down the rabbit hole that is the new Horslips box set.

Starting with all the previously unreleased discs and in particular the discs of RTE sessions, which are probably the ones I am least likely to return to. I love the anecdote about the origin of the band name, probably already common knowledge to everyone except me.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on February 15, 2023, 11:14:09 PM
I spent about 5 hours this afternoon converting the 33 cds of the magnigicent Horslips box for the computer and I pod so I’ve not listened to the more unfamiliar stuff yet
     With the 2 dvds to watch I reckon I’ve got weeks of fun to dig deep. No zen alligators though( a small gripe).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on February 16, 2023, 12:53:33 PM
Also working my way through the superb Horslips box set.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on February 17, 2023, 12:26:17 PM
Chapman Whitney  :  Streetwalkers  (Reprise  LP, 1974).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on February 17, 2023, 12:28:28 PM
Rush - A Farewell to Kings

I love it still.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on February 17, 2023, 02:50:49 PM

Rush - A Farewell to Kings

I love it still.


Alex Lifeson says of recording Xanadu... "On the day we recorded it, Pat Moran, the resident engineer, set all the mics up and we ran the song down, partially to get balances and tones. Because it was a long song, we didn't need to complete that test run. We then played it a second time from top to bottom and that's what you hear on the album."

Quite extraordinary.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Barry on February 18, 2023, 06:47:10 PM
Transatlantic - The Final Flight: Live At L'Olympia


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on February 19, 2023, 11:04:48 PM
Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous Super Deluxe Box Set. Arguably the greatest live album of all time (opinions may vary) together with all the gigs it was compiled from over eight CDs. Maybe a couple more versions of Baby Drives Me Crazy than I really need but the rest is incendiary stuff and brings back lots of happy memories of being down at the front for countless Lizzy gigs in the 70s.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on February 20, 2023, 09:26:27 AM

Transatlantic - The Final Flight: Live At L'Olympia


What do you think?  Worth acquiring?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on February 20, 2023, 12:55:36 PM
Julie Tippetts  : Sunset Glow   (Esoteric CD, 2022).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on February 20, 2023, 01:01:35 PM
Inspired by Andy's post, I've had a bit of a Rush morning:

A Farewell To Kings, followed by the 1978 Hammersmith Odeon show from Different Stages, and then Moving Pictures.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on February 21, 2023, 12:39:37 PM

 Meg Baird - Furling

 This woman is a genius and deserves to be so much better known!  :D

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBhdZPSW9YM


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on February 22, 2023, 09:00:13 AM
Shirley Collins  :   Sweet Primroses  (Topic CD, expanded,  2019).  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 23, 2023, 10:32:00 AM
So how is everyone getting on with the big Horslips box?

I have now worked my way through almost all of it (apart from the DVDs). I just have one disc of Live at the O2 (which I already owned) and Tracks From The Vaults 2 remaining.

Like all of these mega box sets, with so much music in the world and in my own personal collection, there is more here than I can ever listen to more than once. I started with all of the previously unreleased or unheard stuff and those discs contain most of what I am unlikely to go back to very often. The 1977, 1979 and 1980 live recordings are excellent. The earlier live stuff was less essential for me. The rehearsals disc is a once only listen for me (and my copy actually has a manufacturing fault on the first two tracks which is disappointing but better this disc than any of the others). The RTE sesssions discs were an interesting listen but once again probably not the ones I will return to repeatedly.

Of the post Horslips material, the Host album is entertaining but has a very dated production sound. I like the Fean & Carr disc a great deal and also the Charles O'Connor album. I didn't get on with the Barry Devlin album at all and Jim Lockhart's incidental music is pleasant but inessential.

That leaves all of the previously released material which is all, of course, splendid. I didn't have every album so am pleased to put that right and to have found some new favourite songs. Highlights? The Book of Invasions sounds fabulous and the new mastering of The Belfast Gigs is a treat.

Roll on the BBC box. Hopefully that will include the Live With The Ulster Orchestra disc which is the only thing missing from this set.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2023, 11:21:20 AM
Listening to lots of records from 1974. It's for a Twitter thing. It's a far better year than I ever gave it credit for.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 23, 2023, 11:25:13 AM

Listening to lots of records from 1974. It's for a Twitter thing. It's a far better year than I ever gave it credit for.




I'll take 4 from the top row, 5 from the middle row and 5 from the bottom row please Carol.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2023, 11:31:06 AM

I'll take 4 from the top row, 5 from the middle row and 5 from the bottom row please Carol.


Can't believe you're only having 4 from the top, Gub.

They're in release order, by the way. Apologies to Stevie Wonder who got bumped off.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 23, 2023, 12:18:14 PM


I'll take 4 from the top row, 5 from the middle row and 5 from the bottom row please Carol.


Can't believe you're only having 4 from the top, Gub.

They're in release order, by the way. Apologies to Stevie Wonder who got bumped off.

Jules


Those are the ones I actually have. I would take Todd Rundgren too but I don't have it currently. Same goes for The Kinks and Gene Clark in the other rows.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on February 23, 2023, 12:42:43 PM
Think I'd take all but the Funkadelic, Roy Harper and the one with Collins on.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on February 23, 2023, 12:49:58 PM
Forced to choose 5, for me it would be Gene, Neil, Sandy, Bob, Richard & Linda.  No Other stands on the shoulders of giants though...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2023, 12:51:45 PM

Think I'd take all but the Funkadelic, Roy Harper and the one with Collins on.


A man who would take Parliament but not Funkadelic is a strange man indeed.

I too have massive reservations about Genesis, to be honest.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2023, 12:52:57 PM

Forced to choose 5, for me it would be Gene, Neil, Sandy, Bob, Richard & Linda.


Ah, but which Bob?

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on February 23, 2023, 12:58:03 PM


Forced to choose 5, for me it would be Gene, Neil, Sandy, Bob, Richard & Linda.


Ah, but which Bob?

Jules


There's only one "Bob"  ;)  Waves...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on February 23, 2023, 01:03:02 PM


Think I'd take all but the Funkadelic, Roy Harper and the one with Collins on.


A man who would take Parliament but not Funkadelic is a strange man indeed.

I too have massive reservations about Genesis, to be honest.

Jules
Make that 4 , hadn't noticed the Parliament, which is something I've always been very good at. 😁


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2023, 01:03:08 PM

There's only one "Bob"  ;)  


Heresy.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on February 23, 2023, 02:57:32 PM


There's only one "Bob"  ;)  


Heresy.

Jules


Marley is Marley.  Bob is Bob.  ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: John From Austin on February 23, 2023, 03:19:00 PM
I was steeped in top-40 AM radio in 1974, so I was not listening to any of that fabulous music back then.

"I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John was probably the edgiest song I heard that year. Or "Seasons in the Sun." :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2023, 03:39:43 PM

I was steeped in top-40 AM radio in 1974, so I was not listening to any of that fabulous music back then.

"I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John was probably the edgiest song I heard that year. Or "Seasons in the Sun." :)


You're allowed to catch up, you know.  ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on February 23, 2023, 03:59:47 PM

I was steeped in top-40 AM radio in 1974, so I was not listening to any of that fabulous music back then.

"I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John was probably the edgiest song I heard that year. Or "Seasons in the Sun." :)


Neither was I.  I was 7.  Angel Face by the Glitter Band was probably my go to music that year.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim G on February 23, 2023, 04:44:49 PM
My all time favorites from 1974 is Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom - I still think it is a masterpiece and in my top 10 albums of all time - I still listen to it regularly now, although on CD now. I bought it the week it was released from Bonaparte Records in Croydon I seem to remember.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on February 23, 2023, 04:51:24 PM

I was steeped in top-40 AM radio in 1974, so I was not listening to any of that fabulous music back then.

"I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John was probably the edgiest song I heard that year. Or "Seasons in the Sun." :)


One of the first 45s I bought was Terry Jacks' If You Go Away which was a loose cover of the Jacque Brel song Ne Me Quitte Pas. I also bought a single by The Wombles that year.

I'd add Queen's Sheer Heart Attack along with Rory Gallagher's Irish Tour '74 to the LP list.

Back on topic I gave Rhiannon Giddens' Freedom Highway a listen this afternoon.
 


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on February 23, 2023, 05:22:15 PM

My all time favorites from 1974 is Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom - I still think it is a masterpiece and in my top 10 albums of all time - I still listen to it regularly now, although on CD now. I bought it the week it was released from Bonaparte Records in Croydon I seem to remember.


Yeah that's definitely in my Top 5 too... ;) ::) ;D  I have it on 8-track and cassette!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on February 23, 2023, 05:44:14 PM
I was only 9/10 that year, and not really listening to music. But looking back, I'd add BJH's Everyone Is Everybody Else, Camel's Mirage, Jackson Browne's Late For The Sky (one of my all-time favourite albums), Status Quo Quo and Tri Yann's Suite Gallaise to the list of great albums from that year.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2023, 06:13:13 PM

One of the first 45s I bought was Terry Jacks' If You Go Away which was a loose cover of the Jacque Brel song Ne Me Quitte Pas.


Seasons in the Sun is also based on a Brel song.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on February 23, 2023, 07:48:53 PM


One of the first 45s I bought was Terry Jacks' If You Go Away which was a loose cover of the Jacque Brel song Ne Me Quitte Pas.


Seasons in the Sun is also based on a Brel song.

Jules
A horrendously anodyne translation of the original!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: garrypbrooks on February 23, 2023, 08:19:52 PM



One of the first 45s I bought was Terry Jacks' If You Go Away which was a loose cover of the Jacque Brel song Ne Me Quitte Pas.


Seasons in the Sun is also based on a Brel song.

Jules
A horrendously anodyne translation of the original!

If I remember correctly, the Brel original is the singer singing to the corpse of his dead wife


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on February 23, 2023, 10:47:58 PM
1974 had Queen's first hit, the Seven Seas of Rhye, which I bought.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 23, 2023, 11:36:32 PM

If I remember correctly, the Brel original is the singer singing to the corpse of his dead wife


Jacques was a class act.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on February 23, 2023, 11:49:19 PM

So how is everyone getting on with the big Horslips box?

I have now worked my way through almost all of it (apart from the DVDs). I just have one disc of Live at the O2 (which I already owned) and Tracks From The Vaults 2 remaining.

Like all of these mega box sets, with so much music in the world and in my own personal collection, there is more here than I can ever listen to more than once. I started with all of the previously unreleased or unheard stuff and those discs contain most of what I am unlikely to go back to very often. The 1977, 1979 and 1980 live recordings are excellent. The earlier live stuff was less essential for me. The rehearsals disc is a once only listen for me (and my copy actually has a manufacturing fault on the first two tracks which is disappointing but better this disc than any of the others). The RTE sesssions discs were an interesting listen but once again probably not the ones I will return to repeatedly.

Of the post Horslips material, the Host album is entertaining but has a very dated production sound. I like the Fean & Carr disc a great deal and also the Charles O'Connor album. I didn't get on with the Barry Devlin album at all and Jim Lockhart's incidental music is pleasant but inessential.

That leaves all of the previously released material which is all, of course, splendid. I didn't have every album so am pleased to put that right and to have found some new favourite songs. Highlights? The Book of Invasions sounds fabulous and the new mastering of The Belfast Gigs is a treat.

Roll on the BBC box. Hopefully that will include the Live With The Ulster Orchestra disc which is the only thing missing from this set.


Not a lot to disagree with there, Al.  I've not found any faults, but I've been listening to my rips on the I pod.   I also didn't understand why the Ulster Orchestra disc wasn't included and a bit disappointed there was no zen alligators stuff.  I haven't heard anything about a BBC box, is it a thing?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on February 24, 2023, 12:30:26 AM



I too have massive reservations about Genesis, to be honest.

Jules


Oooh No! It's a wonderful album


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on February 24, 2023, 12:57:15 AM




I too have massive reservations about Genesis, to be honest.

Jules


Oooh No! It's a wonderful album


Agreed. I saw the Musical Box do it live last week. The visual to the silly fake trumpet solo in Counting Out Time was hilarious.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on February 24, 2023, 09:14:38 AM



Forced to choose 5, for me it would be Gene, Neil, Sandy, Bob, Richard & Linda.


Ah, but which Bob?

Jules


There's only one "Bob"  ;)  Waves...
Of course there is only one Bob. Apart from being the best ever songwriter he is also an acclaimed artist, whiskey distiller, ornamental gate maker, author, radio host etc . Have I missed any?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on February 24, 2023, 09:55:03 AM

Of course there is only one Bob. Apart from being the best ever songwriter he is also an acclaimed artist, whiskey distiller, ornamental gate maker, author, radio host etc . Have I missed any?


Lingerie promoter.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on February 24, 2023, 10:30:47 AM
Currently listening to The Best of Altan. I think it was the first CD I ever bought (in 1996 - I was a bit late to that party!).  Still excellent.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Pastieboy (Trev) on February 24, 2023, 11:47:51 AM
Gong . Live at Longlaville


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on February 24, 2023, 12:41:36 PM




Forced to choose 5, for me it would be Gene, Neil, Sandy, Bob, Richard & Linda.


Ah, but which Bob?

Jules


There's only one "Bob"  ;)  Waves...
Of course there is only one Bob. Apart from being the best ever songwriter he is also an acclaimed artist, whiskey distiller, ornamental gate maker, author, radio host etc . Have I missed any?


He is, apparently, your uncle.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on February 24, 2023, 01:12:00 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on February 24, 2023, 02:37:29 PM
Listening to random Rush albums.

So far, Grace Under Pressure, Hold Your Fire, Permanent Waves and now Test For Echo.

I will always be impressed with how a three-piece could create so much complex noise without overdubs.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 24, 2023, 06:54:53 PM


So how is everyone getting on with the big Horslips box?

I have now worked my way through almost all of it (apart from the DVDs). I just have one disc of Live at the O2 (which I already owned) and Tracks From The Vaults 2 remaining.

Like all of these mega box sets, with so much music in the world and in my own personal collection, there is more here than I can ever listen to more than once. I started with all of the previously unreleased or unheard stuff and those discs contain most of what I am unlikely to go back to very often. The 1977, 1979 and 1980 live recordings are excellent. The earlier live stuff was less essential for me. The rehearsals disc is a once only listen for me (and my copy actually has a manufacturing fault on the first two tracks which is disappointing but better this disc than any of the others). The RTE sesssions discs were an interesting listen but once again probably not the ones I will return to repeatedly.

Of the post Horslips material, the Host album is entertaining but has a very dated production sound. I like the Fean & Carr disc a great deal and also the Charles O'Connor album. I didn't get on with the Barry Devlin album at all and Jim Lockhart's incidental music is pleasant but inessential.

That leaves all of the previously released material which is all, of course, splendid. I didn't have every album so am pleased to put that right and to have found some new favourite songs. Highlights? The Book of Invasions sounds fabulous and the new mastering of The Belfast Gigs is a treat.

Roll on the BBC box. Hopefully that will include the Live With The Ulster Orchestra disc which is the only thing missing from this set.


Not a lot to disagree with there, Al.  I've not found any faults, but I've been listening to my rips on the I pod.   I also didn't understand why the Ulster Orchestra disc wasn't included and a bit disappointed there was no zen alligators stuff.  I haven't heard anything about a BBC box, is it a thing?


Yes, 4 disc box due out later this year according to Colin Harper.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on February 24, 2023, 08:22:01 PM

Listening to random Rush albums.

So far, Grace Under Pressure, Hold Your Fire, Permanent Waves and now Test For Echo.

I will always be impressed with how a three-piece could create so much complex noise without overdubs.

Cheers

Nick



Although I saw them on the Hold Your Fire tour, (and subsequently ended up on the Show Of Hands live album. Yay me !), I didn't like Power Windows, didn't buy it or any studio release after. Until just before Christmas when I bought a box set of all the albums from Hold Your Fire to Snakes And Arrows, and I also bought Clockwork Angels, which is, so far the only one I've listened to. I must get on to the box. (Still haven't got Power Windows.)(Except on the car.)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on February 24, 2023, 09:47:36 PM


Listening to random Rush albums



Although I saw them on the Hold Your Fire tour, (and subsequently ended up on the Show Of Hands live album. Yay me !), I didn't like Power Windows, didn't buy it or any studio release after. Until just before Christmas when I bought a box set of all the albums from Hold Your Fire to Snakes And Arrows, and I also bought Clockwork Angels, which is, so far the only one I've listened to. I must get on to the box. (Still haven't got Power Windows.)(Except on the car.)


I saw that A Show Of Hands gig too! Birmingham NEC 1988. Also, many years earlier, Rush were players of the first proper rock gig I went to as a pre-teen. I went in my school uniform - didn't even know I was going until my dad came and got me from school and told me my brother's friend was ill and I was to have his ticket.

As for the box, it's a good collection and a good potted history. It tracks how they turned back from the wall of synths and rediscovered stringed instruments again, then rediscovered themselves after Neil Peart's tragedies. Roll The Bones and Snakes And Arrows are my favourites from that set.

I finished the day with Vapour Trails. Will grab some earlier stuff next time.

Cheers

Nick




Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on February 25, 2023, 09:03:31 AM
Shirley Collins  :   Heart's Ease  (Ltd edition coloured vinyl LP,  2020).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on February 25, 2023, 02:56:22 PM
Music from Big Pink, soup to nuts for the first time ever.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on February 25, 2023, 04:38:40 PM



So how is everyone getting on with the big Horslips box?

I have now worked my way through almost all of it (apart from the DVDs). I just have one disc of Live at the O2 (which I already owned) and Tracks From The Vaults 2 remaining.

Like all of these mega box sets, with so much music in the world and in my own personal collection, there is more here than I can ever listen to more than once. I started with all of the previously unreleased or unheard stuff and those discs contain most of what I am unlikely to go back to very often. The 1977, 1979 and 1980 live recordings are excellent. The earlier live stuff was less essential for me. The rehearsals disc is a once only listen for me (and my copy actually has a manufacturing fault on the first two tracks which is disappointing but better this disc than any of the others). The RTE sesssions discs were an interesting listen but once again probably not the ones I will return to repeatedly.

Of the post Horslips material, the Host album is entertaining but has a very dated production sound. I like the Fean & Carr disc a great deal and also the Charles O'Connor album. I didn't get on with the Barry Devlin album at all and Jim Lockhart's incidental music is pleasant but inessential.

That leaves all of the previously released material which is all, of course, splendid. I didn't have every album so am pleased to put that right and to have found some new favourite songs. Highlights? The Book of Invasions sounds fabulous and the new mastering of The Belfast Gigs is a treat.

Roll on the BBC box. Hopefully that will include the Live With The Ulster Orchestra disc which is the only thing missing from this set.


Not a lot to disagree with there, Al.  I've not found any faults, but I've been listening to my rips on the I pod.   I also didn't understand why the Ulster Orchestra disc wasn't included and a bit disappointed there was no zen alligators stuff.  I haven't heard anything about a BBC box, is it a thing?


Yes, 4 disc box due out later this year according to Colin Harper.


Further joy, unbounded😎👍


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on February 26, 2023, 10:22:08 AM

Music from Big Pink, soup to nuts for the first time ever.


What do you think? I've never quite understood the adoration. I like it well enough but the following album is head and shoulders above it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on February 27, 2023, 09:54:19 AM



Listening to random Rush albums



Although I saw them on the Hold Your Fire tour, (and subsequently ended up on the Show Of Hands live album. Yay me !), I didn't like Power Windows, didn't buy it or any studio release after. Until just before Christmas when I bought a box set of all the albums from Hold Your Fire to Snakes And Arrows, and I also bought Clockwork Angels, which is, so far the only one I've listened to. I must get on to the box. (Still haven't got Power Windows.)(Except on the car.)


I saw that A Show Of Hands gig too! Birmingham NEC 1988. Also, many years earlier, Rush were players of the first proper rock gig I went to as a pre-teen. I went in my school uniform - didn't even know I was going until my dad came and got me from school and told me my brother's friend was ill and I was to have his ticket.

As for the box, it's a good collection and a good potted history. It tracks how they turned back from the wall of synths and rediscovered stringed instruments again, then rediscovered themselves after Neil Peart's tragedies. Roll The Bones and Snakes And Arrows are my favourites from that set.

I finished the day with Vapour Trails. Will grab some earlier stuff next time.

Cheers

Nick





Sounds like it was a Talkawhile reunion, before Talkawhile!  I was at the NEC concert as well. Also ended up there kind of by surprise, when a friend's mate couldn't go at the last minute. We drove down from Sheffield and back again the same night.  The only time I ever saw Rush, though they have been in my top five - possibly top three - bands since I was about 15 or 16.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on February 27, 2023, 12:14:54 PM
Oh, and I wouldn't write off Power Windows. Worst thing about it is the cover!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on March 02, 2023, 12:12:23 PM
DSOTM (SACD, 5.1) - half a century!!!!

And "Dream", U Srinivas & Michael Brook CD


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Big Ade on March 06, 2023, 07:24:00 PM
Just received the new Tide Lines album, An Ocean Full Of Islands. Excellent stuff!   https://www.tidelinesband.com/?fbclid=IwAR0L6rPae-7ijhziQbJzAKkUfjSUMOj79UVyC8DdWPXCys6radPh3wvz4KE


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 07, 2023, 09:43:23 AM
Basically all I'm listening to at the moment is Datblygu...and especially the new compilation Terfysgiaith 1982-2022 (2 CD comp + 1 CD rarities) https://louderthanwar.com/ankst-musik-announce-new-datblygu-triple-cd-compilation/

But I've made a brief break to listen to Blue Monday very loudly as it is apparently 4 decades today since it was released.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 07, 2023, 11:16:44 AM
After the interesting documentary on BBC2 a couple of weeks ago I am giving Linda Ronstadt another try via a cheap Original Albums box.

I still can't really fathom her vast record sales in the 70s as the singles in particular are little more than high class karaoke, being almost entirely covers of older classic songs. However it is easy on the ear and it is growing on me. I enjoyed the Hasten Down The Wind album as it is mostly less familiar material and she certainly makes a better job of Rivers of Babylon than Boney M did!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on March 07, 2023, 03:06:14 PM
About 10 years ago, I got 4 of her early albums from Amazon for about £6 out of curiosity.  I listen to them occasionally, but not that often, to be honest.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on March 10, 2023, 05:06:13 PM
Dan Webster -Diamond Land
Hummingbird - Tougher Than Love. Would love them to make another but Amy Wadge must be on to her second or third million by now!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on March 10, 2023, 07:00:04 PM
Manu Dibango - Electric Africa - the opening track Pita Piya appeared on an NME cassette many moons ago...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 11, 2023, 10:09:51 AM

Dan Webster -Diamond Land
Hummingbird - Tougher Than Love. Would love them to make another but Amy Wadge must be on to her second or third million by now!

I love that Hummingbird album. They got sort of overlooked at Cropredy but I thought they were great.

Today I shall mostly be listening to the new album by The Long Ryder's, September November and an old album by Colin MacIntyre, Island.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 11, 2023, 02:44:26 PM
VdGG - The Bath Forum Concert

I don't really understand why (I suppose it's Peter's vocals though?) but people are never so-so about Van der Graaf are they?  Anyway the new live album from last year's Bath concert is now out and it is....utterly brilliant of course.  The visual (a DVD and Blu-Ray are included) does actually add to the audio for once.  Watching Hugh is mesmerising (but then you could say the same about Peter and Guy).

I'll be honest and say it's badly overpriced though.  One disc  (either DVD or Blu-Ray) is superfluous for absolutely everybody so making one pay £40 for 4 discs when one only wants 3 is annoying to say the least, but hey the recent box sets have been cheap as chips so...  It's also streaming, so give yourself an hour and three quarters, sit down and make yourself a nice hot drink and join in the fun.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on March 11, 2023, 07:53:26 PM
I was tempted, having been at that gig, but I feel its overpriced... Maybe if I see it reduced sometime...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on March 12, 2023, 04:14:10 PM


Dan Webster -Diamond Land
Hummingbird - Tougher Than Love. Would love them to make another but Amy Wadge must be on to her second or third million by now!

I love that Hummingbird album. They got sort of overlooked at Cropredy but I thought they were great.

Today I shall mostly be listening to the new album by The Long Ryders, September November and an old album by Colin MacIntyre, Island.


I didn't know there was a new album.  How is it? Psychedelic Country Soul was a nice surprise for me - I doubted they could come up with anything as good as they had produced back in the 80s, but I was happy to be proved wrong!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on March 12, 2023, 04:48:07 PM

VdGG - The Bath Forum Concert

I don't really understand why (I suppose it's Peter's vocals though?) but people are never so-so about Van der Graaf are they?  Anyway the new live album from last year's Bath concert is now out and it is....utterly brilliant of course.  The visual (a DVD and Blu-Ray are included) does actually add to the audio for once.  Watching Hugh is mesmerising (but then you could say the same about Peter and Guy).

I'll be honest and say it's badly overpriced though.  One disc  (either DVD or Blu-Ray) is superfluous for absolutely everybody so making one pay £40 for 4 discs when one only wants 3 is annoying to say the least, but hey the recent box sets have been cheap as chips so...  It's also streaming, so give yourself an hour and three quarters, sit down and make yourself a nice hot drink and join in the fun.


I'm just about to pop the blu-ray into the player. We were front row for this and they did a lot of camera sweeps of the audince so I expect I might appear in this occasionally, but don't let that put you off!

According to Stephen Tayler the band have put some of their own money into this, so I don't really begrudge paying a bit over the odds, but I do agree about this habit of duplicating content on different formats. The upcoming Wishone Ash Argus box set is even worse, the album on both vinyl and CD, a couple of live shows on CD and then a selection of tracks from the two on vinyl. Just looks like an excuse to bloat the price up to an eye-watering £125. As much as I'd like the live material and the demos I don't think I'll be investing.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on March 12, 2023, 04:58:18 PM

I didn't know there was a new album.  How is it? Psychedelic Country Soul was a nice surprise for me - I doubted they could come up with anything as good as they had produced back in the 80s, but I was happy to be proved wrong!


I've only played it a couple of times so far and it's fine. Initial impression is that it may not be quite as consistent as PCS but it's a close run thing. First without Tom Stevens since his death two years ago, big boots to fill but they've done well to cover his absence. Looking forward to the tour in May.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on March 13, 2023, 11:35:49 AM
Something reminded me of it this morning, and so I have been listening to a recording of the 2009 Barbican Fairport extravaganza, and reminding myself of what a wonderful evening that was.  I even went back to the old threads about it on here, and all that was being said in the run-up, and afterwards too.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on March 13, 2023, 01:14:28 PM

Something reminded me of it this morning, and so I have been listening to a recording of the 2009 Barbican Fairport extravaganza, and reminding myself of what a wonderful evening that was.  I even went back to the old threads about it on here, and all that was being said in the run-up, and afterwards too.

Now that was a wonderful night ; I'm sure the participants on stage thought so too !


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 13, 2023, 03:07:38 PM


I didn't know there was a new album.  How is it? Psychedelic Country Soul was a nice surprise for me - I doubted they could come up with anything as good as they had produced back in the 80s, but I was happy to be proved wrong!


I've only played it a couple of times so far and it's fine. Initial impression is that it may not be quite as consistent as PCS but it's a close run thing. First without Tom Stevens since his death two years ago, big boots to fill but they've done well to cover his absence. Looking forward to the tour in May.


Yes, I agree with that though I need to give it a few more listens. There are some songs that were instantly appealing. It rocks less hard than the Ryders of old. Perhaps that is inevitable but still entirely pleasurable.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on March 13, 2023, 05:28:43 PM


Something reminded me of it this morning, and so I have been listening to a recording of the 2009 Barbican Fairport extravaganza, and reminding myself of what a wonderful evening that was.  I even went back to the old threads about it on here, and all that was being said in the run-up, and afterwards too.

Now that was a wonderful night ; I'm sure the participants on stage thought so too !


One of my favourite ever gigs.  Although it was disappointing that Swarb had a hissy fit, it was almost certainly better because Chris was deputising.  My very favourite moment of it was Jude jumping out of her skin when Tyger plugged in.  I swear she leapt 2 feet into the air!  Love it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 14, 2023, 09:40:49 AM
Various albums from Melissa Etheridge's  catalogue.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on March 14, 2023, 04:10:35 PM
Nudged by the recent release of a 4CD set of Haircut 100's "Pelican West" album, but not wishing to invest £35 or more, I ordered the 2016 2CD deluxe edition for about 1/3 of the price.  

The original (LP) album + 4 bonus tracks on CD1, and 13 remixes and extended versions on CD2.  Great (original) production by Bob (the Beat) Sergeant, and apparently remastered for this release - but no credits I can find - it sounds superb.  The non-singles tracks are much jazzier than I'd expected, too - which is a pleasant surprise.  Uplifting pop music - and nowt wrong with that!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on March 14, 2023, 05:08:18 PM
I really enjoyed the original Pelican West CD in the car in summer months , fewer arguments with the family than with say Nico and her harmonium


I used to struggle with Van the man , but once he did that single with Cliff , well , if he's a mate of Cliff's , load up the auto changer

Now if Nico and Cliff had got together ..


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on March 18, 2023, 05:42:17 PM
Iris DeMent’s latest – ‘Workin’ On a World.  Superb stuff.
 


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 20, 2023, 09:08:48 AM
Roy Harper  Man and Myth  (Bella Union 2LP,  2013).

I bought this when it came out and gosh, has it really been 10 years?   Have I played it 10 times?  No more than that anyway.
But I think it's  a very fine album,  one of his best, up there with Stormcock.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on March 20, 2023, 02:01:42 PM

Nudged by the recent release of a 4CD set of Haircut 100's "Pelican West" album, but not wishing to invest £35 or more, I ordered the 2016 2CD deluxe edition for about 1/3 of the price. 

The original (LP) album + 4 bonus tracks on CD1, and 13 remixes and extended versions on CD2.  Great (original) production by Bob (the Beat) Sergeant, and apparently remastered for this release - but no credits I can find - it sounds superb.  The non-singles tracks are much jazzier than I'd expected, too - which is a pleasant surprise.  Uplifting pop music - and nowt wrong with that!


Now I never expected Haircut 100 to appear in this thread!  I think I only know a couple of their songs (Fantastic Day, and Love Plus One), which are fun summery pop. Nick Heyward for Cropredy next year?! ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on March 20, 2023, 03:53:14 PM


Nudged by the recent release of a 4CD set of Haircut 100's "Pelican West" album, but not wishing to invest £35 or more, I ordered the 2016 2CD deluxe edition for about 1/3 of the price. 

The original (LP) album + 4 bonus tracks on CD1, and 13 remixes and extended versions on CD2.  Great (original) production by Bob (the Beat) Sergeant, and apparently remastered for this release - but no credits I can find - it sounds superb.  The non-singles tracks are much jazzier than I'd expected, too - which is a pleasant surprise.  Uplifting pop music - and nowt wrong with that!


Now I never expected Haircut 100 to appear in this thread!  I think I only know a couple of their songs (Fantastic Day, and Love Plus One), which are fun summery pop. Nick Heyward for Cropredy next year?! ;)
I had one of his albums back in the 80's and it was more jazz-funk than pop. Definitely summery music!  :D 8)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on March 22, 2023, 06:30:59 PM


Nudged by the recent release of a 4CD set of Haircut 100's "Pelican West" album, but not wishing to invest £35 or more, I ordered the 2016 2CD deluxe edition for about 1/3 of the price. 

The original (LP) album + 4 bonus tracks on CD1, and 13 remixes and extended versions on CD2.  Great (original) production by Bob (the Beat) Sergeant, and apparently remastered for this release - but no credits I can find - it sounds superb.  The non-singles tracks are much jazzier than I'd expected, too - which is a pleasant surprise.  Uplifting pop music - and nowt wrong with that!


Now I never expected Haircut 100 to appear in this thread!  I think I only know a couple of their songs (Fantastic Day, and Love Plus One), which are fun summery pop. Nick Heyward for Cropredy next year?! ;)


He would be good in a Nick Kershaw sort of way.
I can't imagine needing a box set, but I did pick up a 'free with the Daily Mule' copy of Pelican West a couple of years ago, and was reminded of a time when listening to Radio One was an enjoyable experience.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on March 23, 2023, 05:09:05 PM
... and from another outpost of the musical spectrum far from Mr Heyward --- Larks' Tongues In Aspic, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its release (escape?  ;))


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on March 24, 2023, 11:41:33 AM

... and from another outpost of the musical spectrum far from Mr Heyward --- Larks' Tongues In Aspic, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its release (escape?  ;))

The spectre of Jamie Muir swinging a length of hosepipe around the stage nearly decapitating Messrs Wetton and Fripp at the Hardrock in Stretford has never left me


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on March 24, 2023, 01:00:19 PM
Whatever you do don't listen to the National Anthem from last night's football.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 24, 2023, 03:16:57 PM
Digging out some old, long untouched vinyl. I was actually looking for my copy of Wang Chung's Points On The Curve album but I seem to have lost it.

Instead I am listening to a real curio, the sole album by post punk band Writz. It is actually rather fun. Don't know why I buried it away for 40 or so years.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on March 24, 2023, 06:09:18 PM

Whatever you do don't listen to the National Anthem from last night's football.


???

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on March 24, 2023, 09:12:14 PM
Terry Reid The River


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 24, 2023, 09:41:26 PM
A further vinyl excavation.

Sentimental Education - Sneaky Feelings

followed by, inspired by the Jody Stephens interview in the new Mojo

#1 Record/Radio City - Big Star


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on March 25, 2023, 09:57:17 AM

inspired by the Jody Stephens interview in the new Mojo


Did he talk about anything you didn't already know?

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on March 26, 2023, 11:05:47 AM
Elton John  :  Honky Chateau - 50th anniversary edition (Mercury Records  2LP,  2023).


Even the session demos are enjoyable.  So pleased with this.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on March 27, 2023, 09:40:29 AM


inspired by the Jody Stephens interview in the new Mojo


Did he talk about anything you didn't already know?

Jules


Possibly nothing earth shattering but there is an amusing McCartney anecdote and I didn't know about his new band, Those Pretty Wrongs, whose new album I have just ordered.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Paul B on April 01, 2023, 10:41:48 AM
Not listening yet -just ordered it -don't stream ;)
https://bennettwilsonpoole.bandcamp.com/album/i-saw-a-star-behind-your-eyes-dont-let-it-die-away


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 01, 2023, 10:43:02 AM

Not listening yet -just ordered it -don't stream ;)
https://bennettwilsonpoole.bandcamp.com/album/i-saw-a-star-behind-your-eyes-dont-let-it-die-away


Its absolutely magnificent.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 03, 2023, 09:15:51 AM
Mr. Fox:  Join us In Our Game. (Castle CD, 2004).


Almost forgot I had this, and was led to it when I dug out the Bob Pegg  2CD  anthology to listen to.
Join us ...  consists of the 2 Mr Fox albums from 1970 and 1971.
More than a footnote in folk-rock history, I feel. Even when something doesn't work they manage to make it interesting.

Includes a fine version of 'Little Woman' by Dave Mason, which appeared as a DM track on Bumpers.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on April 03, 2023, 10:19:19 AM

Mr. Fox:  Join us In Our Game. (Castle CD, 2004).


Almost forgot I had this, and was led to it when I dug out the Bob Pegg  2CD  anthology to listen to.
Join us ...  consists of the 2 Mr Fox albums from 1970 and 1971.
More than a footnote in folk-rock history, I feel. Even when something doesn't work they manage to make it interesting.

Includes a fine version of 'Little Woman' by Dave Mason, which appeared as a DM track on Bumpers.



Much much more... I love both albums.  They should have been considerably bigger than they were.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 04, 2023, 11:49:35 AM
The Bennett Wilson Poole is on repeat at the moment (even though there is a newie from Boygenius!), and its sensational. Nothing original sounding, but why should there be, influences abound from Ticket To Ride through Jorma's guitar on Wooden Ships to Untitled era Byrds playing Baba O'Riley over the chorus to Everlasting Love. Stunning.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 04, 2023, 11:56:40 AM
The boygenius album has incidentally entered the UK album charts at number 1 this week.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on April 04, 2023, 12:12:05 PM

The Bennett Wilson Poole is on repeat at the moment (even though there is a newie from Boygenius!), and its sensational. Nothing original sounding, but why should there be, influences abound from Ticket To Ride through Jorma's guitar on Wooden Ships to Untitled era Byrds playing Baba O'Riley over the chorus to Everlasting Love. Stunning.


Musically I'd agree with you absolutely.  Lyrically though I'm struggling with the succession of trite lyrics.  They really are of an almost 21st century Neil Youngian banality...  Right on sentiments, of course, but really really cliched.  I'm finding it hard not to feel a little disappointed.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Yorkshire Chris on April 04, 2023, 12:21:38 PM


The Bennett Wilson Poole is on repeat at the moment (even though there is a newie from Boygenius!), and its sensational. Nothing original sounding, but why should there be, influences abound from Ticket To Ride through Jorma's guitar on Wooden Ships to Untitled era Byrds playing Baba O'Riley over the chorus to Everlasting Love. Stunning.


Musically I'd agree with you absolutely.  Lyrically though I'm struggling with the succession of trite lyrics.  They really are of an almost 21st century Neil Youngian banality...  Right on sentiments, of course, but really really cliched.  I'm finding it hard not to feel a little disappointed.


Yeah, it's no "Peggy on the bass with a smiling face, he loves the Breton way" is it.... ;)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 04, 2023, 01:01:44 PM


The Bennett Wilson Poole is on repeat at the moment (even though there is a newie from Boygenius!), and its sensational. Nothing original sounding, but why should there be, influences abound from Ticket To Ride through Jorma's guitar on Wooden Ships to Untitled era Byrds playing Baba O'Riley over the chorus to Everlasting Love. Stunning.


Musically I'd agree with you absolutely.  Lyrically though I'm struggling with the succession of trite lyrics.  They really are of an almost 21st century Neil Youngian banality...  Right on sentiments, of course, but really really cliched.  I'm finding it hard not to feel a little disappointed.
Did you ever listen to the Beatles?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 04, 2023, 04:08:08 PM
Carolanne Pegg:  Carolanne  (Esoteric CD, 2017).

Also very good. More rock/prog than Mr Fox.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 04, 2023, 06:11:21 PM

Did you ever listen to the Beatles?


Depends which Beatles era you mean. They all improved as lyricists, just a little bit behind their improvements as record makers.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on April 04, 2023, 06:28:29 PM


Did you ever listen to the Beatles?


Depends which Beatles era you mean. They all improved as lyricists, just a little bit behind their improvements as record makers.

Jules


this is BWPs second album . What were the Beatles lyrics like on their second? ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on April 04, 2023, 06:36:58 PM



Did you ever listen to the Beatles?


Depends which Beatles era you mean. They all improved as lyricists, just a little bit behind their improvements as record makers.

Jules


this is BWPs second album . What were the Beatles lyrics like on their second? ;D


There's three of them and they must have a combined age of about 160-170!  And weirdly, neither of them seem to write like this in other contexts.  I can take platitudes about love and peace - it's the political posturing through inane lyrics that depresses me.  They're on 'my side' clearly but like Neil's latest protesty stuff it just makes me cringe.  I saw BWP before their first album and I think they're brilliant live but I'm struggling with this one...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on April 05, 2023, 12:21:38 AM
Linda Thompson's sublime 2007 album, Versatile Heart.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on April 05, 2023, 08:17:22 AM

Linda Thompson's sublime 2007 album, Versatile Heart.


I saw your post about this elsewhere...and I'm glad.  For some unknown reason, despite knowing and loving Fashionably Late since it came out I don't actually know this album.  So I listened yesterday and it is as good, if not better than its predecessor.  What a beautiful voice she has/had.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on April 05, 2023, 08:59:15 PM

Linda Thompson's sublime 2007 album, Versatile Heart.


Gill bought me that album for Valentine's Day one year.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 06, 2023, 08:56:02 AM
Trader Horne :  Morning Way  (Mapache  LP + 7" etc.)


Can't find this edition on Discogs, so I don't know the year.   I'm pretty sure it's official- I remember it being discussed on these boards some years ago.

Anyway, it's very nice, and I don't know why i don't play it more often. A psych-folk jewel.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on April 06, 2023, 09:04:30 AM

Trader Horne :  Morning Way  (Mapache  LP + 7" etc.)


Can't find this edition on Discogs, so I don't know the year.   I'm pretty sure it's official- I remember it being discussed on these boards some years ago.

Anyway, it's very nice, and I don't know why i don't play it more often. A psych-folk jewel.




Don't know this release.  I've got the Flashback one from 2014 with the single and Jude's signature (Pity they didn't get Jackie to sign it too...I did ask him at Green Man but he was feeling a bit hassled (and not just by me!)

https://www.discogs.com/release/6307316-Trader-Horne-Morning-Way


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on April 06, 2023, 09:23:29 AM


Trader Horne :  Morning Way  (Mapache  LP + 7" etc.)


Can't find this edition on Discogs, so I don't know the year.   I'm pretty sure it's official- I remember it being discussed on these boards some years ago.

Anyway, it's very nice, and I don't know why i don't play it more often. A psych-folk jewel.




Don't know this release.  I've got the Flashback one from 2014 with the single and Jude's signature (Pity they didn't get Jackie to sign it too...I did ask him at Green Man but he was feeling a bit hassled (and not just by me!)

https://www.discogs.com/release/6307316-Trader-Horne-Morning-Way


I've got a bad feeling I've got this wrong as regards the label. I'm not at home and I think I've confused this with the Heron: Heron reissue which also includes a  7" single. Your description fits the Trader Horne release i have.


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Post by: Nick Reg on April 08, 2023, 06:02:05 PM
This really is turning out to be a cracking month. After the releases from boygenius and Bennett, Wilson, Poole, I have now listened to the newies from Allan Clarke, Reg Meuross and The Young Uns, all of which are excellent. I await with interest the latters' appearance in the field to see how they cope in the open air to a big crowd. I suspect David Eagles will have them eating out of his hand very quickly, and Sean Cooney must be our best young songwriter and he tackles such interesting subjects with aplomb.


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Post by: Alan2 on April 10, 2023, 09:34:11 AM
Judy Dyble :  Anthology volume 1 (Earth Records LP, 2015).

I dithered over buying this for ages then went for it. I'm pleased with my purchase-  the home recordings aren't very interesting, but the rest is very good, except maybe that 'improvisation' with our Richard. Love the GG&F tracks.
 

I wonder if volumes 2,3 etc(?) will ever appear as LPs?


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Post by: mickf on April 10, 2023, 10:01:35 AM
I've recently discovered The Wailin' Jennys, a Canadian trio who have been around for a while, but have passed me by. Beautiful harmonies/arrangements, with a mixture of original and traditional songs. Currently listening to their 2004 debut album '40 Days'. Very nice.


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Post by: davidmjs on April 11, 2023, 08:35:03 PM
Some of you with long memories may have heard me going on about Richard Skelton before.

Well, after a Wire cover piece in 2011 this (on the Guardian website) is almost certainly the most prominent journalistic piece about him.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/apr/11/experimental-musician-richard-skelton

If you're interested after reading, his latest release can be listened to on Bandcamp https://phantomlimblabel.bandcamp.com/album/selenodesy

It ain't pop music for sure.  Modern classical?  Electronica?  Ambient?  Drone?  I've no bloody idea tbh.  In my experience the music either resonates with you or it doesn't.  But I've loved him since I first heard him and read Landings about 13 years ago.  See what you think...


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Post by: Shankly (Peter) on April 12, 2023, 11:05:28 PM
A bit of Japanese metal

Lovebites - Holy War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgAxpEpEcno



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Post by: Alan2 on April 13, 2023, 09:23:32 AM
Nic Jones:  Unearthed  (Mollie Music 2CD, 2001).

Nic Jones :  In Search of Nic Jones  (Mollie Music CD, 1998).


So much good music on these compilations.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 13, 2023, 11:32:27 AM
The new Bennett Wilson Poole, my vinyl copy of which arrived yesterday.

It is a warm wallow in nostalgia isn't it? The first track took me right back to hearing Diesel Park West for the first time 30 or more years ago. It may be my favourite song of the year so far.


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Post by: PaulT on April 13, 2023, 09:51:19 PM
Recent listening:

London Brew - contemporary/young British jazzers channel Miles
Nucleus "Torrid Zone" - 6CD set of jazz-rock
Elephant Talk "Head" - trancey dancey rootsy
Dixie Dregs "Best of" - funky proggy jazzy rock
and the latest 2 Songlines "Top of the World" compilations


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Post by: Nick Reg on April 13, 2023, 10:16:48 PM
Drive By Truckers - An American Band
Ducks Deluxe 1st Album
boygenius - The Record
Young Uns - Tiny Notes


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Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 14, 2023, 12:48:06 PM
Something new to me - “Drumrolls for Somersaults”, the first album from Martin Harley - blues & slide guitarist extraordinaire.

So far, very laid back, very Friday  :D

Saw him last night and I think he’s going to become part of my regular listening repertoire  :)



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Post by: Peter Allen on April 14, 2023, 01:31:17 PM
I think it's great when you latch onto something new , especially if it's a little out of your comfort zone , it's easy to stick with the well trodden , much loved classics that you've grown up adoring and bought the 6xcd remastered boxset of....


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Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on April 14, 2023, 09:13:03 PM

I think it's great when you latch onto something new , especially if it's a little out of your comfort zone , it's easy to stick with the well trodden , much loved classics that you've grown up adoring and bought the 6xcd remastered boxset of....
Been there!  :D


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Post by: Col D on April 14, 2023, 10:49:46 PM
Richard Olson and the Familiars. A really varied bunch of songs that didn't naturally fit with The Hanging Stars or his other projects Rich has found an outlet for them on his first solo album with the help of a few familiar faces, good to see him reunited with Ben Phillipson, albeit for one song only.


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Post by: Alan2 on April 22, 2023, 09:22:03 AM
Trevor Beales   : Fireside Stories -  Hebden Bridge  circa 1971-74.

(Basin Records LP,  2022).


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Post by: Will S on May 11, 2023, 03:02:26 PM
Kirsty Merryn Our Bright Night - I hadn't come across her before last night, but enjoyed her voice enough to take a punt on one of her albums from the merch stall, and all I can say is, Wow!  If you haven't come across her, do have a listen.  Really good.


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Post by: Alan2 on May 12, 2023, 08:26:08 AM
Soft Machine  :  Alive and Well -   Recorded in Paris  ( See for Miles  LP, 1990).


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Post by: PaulT on May 12, 2023, 09:43:31 AM
Ooh, I've got the 2010 2CD of Alive & Well - haven't played it for a while - thanks for the "nudge" Alan2!


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Post by: Alan2 on May 12, 2023, 03:17:55 PM

Ooh, I've got the 2010 2CD of Alive & Well - haven't played it for a while - thanks for the "nudge" Alan2!


You're welcome.

Actually, as I was listening I remembered there was a reissue a while sgo. Whats the extra material like?  


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Post by: Jim G on May 15, 2023, 11:23:56 AM
I have been listeninng to the new Easy Star All Stars release Ziggy Stardub.

Although fairly enjoyable, it jumps around a bit with all the different guest vocalists, so I preferred some tracks to others, but I wonder how much that has to do with the song rather than the performance.  Not quite up to the to their chilled out Dub Side of the Moon.

The cd has a bonus track where they cover " All the young dudes."  I always felt that the lyric .".and Wendy's stealing clothes  from Marks and Sparks " caused confusion to those outside the UK. Mott the Hoople's version use that lyric as does a version I have of them with Bowie on vocals. But Easy Star AllStars use ..and Wendy's stealing clothes from unlocked cars"  which probably rhymes better with the next line about Freddy having spots from pealing off stars. Lyric sites on the internet have both version,  I wondered if Bowie ever changed them?  







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Post by: PaulT on May 15, 2023, 11:29:11 AM
Disc 2 contains:

K's Riff, The Nodder, Two Down, The Spraunce, Song of Aeolus, Sideburn, The Tale of Taliesin, Organic Matter/ One Over the Eight - all recorded at Le Theatre Palace, Montmartre 7-9 July - all previously unreleased - good sound and performances.

Also the A&B sides of the Harvest single HAR5155 - Soft Space Part One (Edited version) and Soft Space Part Two (Disco version) - inessential but interesting, I'd say.


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Post by: Paul on May 16, 2023, 09:49:43 PM

I have been listeninng to the new Easy Star All Stars release Ziggy Stardub.

Although fairly enjoyable, it jumps around a bit with all the different guest vocalists, so I preferred some tracks to others, but I wonder how much that has to do with the song rather than the performance.  Not quite up to the to their chilled out Dub Side of the Moon.

The cd has a bonus track where they cover " All the young dudes."  I always felt that the lyric .".and Wendy's stealing clothes  from Marks and Sparks " caused confusion to those outside the UK. Mott the Hoople's version use that lyric as does a version I have of them with Bowie on vocals. But Easy Star AllStars use ..and Wendy's stealing clothes from unlocked cars"  which probably rhymes better with the next line about Freddy having spots from pealing off stars. Lyric sites on the internet have both version,  I wondered if Bowie ever changed them?  



It's interesting. Every version I have heard has got Marks and Sparks, yet the printed version in the David Bowie songbook has unlocked cars.

Paul


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Post by: Alan2 on May 17, 2023, 02:23:18 PM

Disc 2 contains:

K's Riff, The Nodder, Two Down, The Spraunce, Song of Aeolus, Sideburn, The Tale of Taliesin, Organic Matter/ One Over the Eight - all recorded at Le Theatre Palace, Montmartre 7-9 July - all previously unreleased - good sound and performances.

Also the A&B sides of the Harvest single HAR5155 - Soft Space Part One (Edited version) and Soft Space Part Two (Disco version) - inessential but interesting, I'd say.


Cheers Paul


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Post by: Will S on May 17, 2023, 03:52:48 PM
Tubular Bells, as it approaches its 50th anniversary


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Post by: Shankly (Peter) on May 17, 2023, 04:37:27 PM


I have been listeninng to the new Easy Star All Stars release Ziggy Stardub.

Although fairly enjoyable, it jumps around a bit with all the different guest vocalists, so I preferred some tracks to others, but I wonder how much that has to do with the song rather than the performance.  Not quite up to the to their chilled out Dub Side of the Moon.

The cd has a bonus track where they cover " All the young dudes."  I always felt that the lyric .".and Wendy's stealing clothes  from Marks and Sparks " caused confusion to those outside the UK. Mott the Hoople's version use that lyric as does a version I have of them with Bowie on vocals. But Easy Star AllStars use ..and Wendy's stealing clothes from unlocked cars"  which probably rhymes better with the next line about Freddy having spots from pealing off stars. Lyric sites on the internet have both version,  I wondered if Bowie ever changed them?  




It's interesting. Every version I have heard has got Marks and Sparks, yet the printed version in the David Bowie songbook has unlocked cars.

Paul



IIRC, BBC wouldn't play the 'Marks and Sparks' version as it was considered advertising, so it was re-recordewd using 'unlocked cars', similar to the Kinks 'Lola' and the 'tastes just like cherry/ Coca Cola'


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Post by: Alan2 on May 18, 2023, 09:09:37 AM

Tubular Bells, as it approaches its 50th anniversary


Are you tempted by the anniversary edition,  Will?


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Post by: Will S on May 18, 2023, 09:29:07 AM


Tubular Bells, as it approaches its 50th anniversary


Are you tempted by the anniversary edition,  Will?


I don't think so. I don't have the audio equipment to really benefit from it - 5.1 system, etc. Not even a Blu-Ray player!  And actually, it isn't - by quite a way - my favourite Mike Oldfield album.  There, I said it!


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Post by: Jules Gray on May 18, 2023, 09:31:07 AM

And actually, it isn't - by quite a way - my favourite Mike Oldfield album.  There, I said it!


Ommadawn's the one. It's always been the one.

Jules


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Post by: Alan2 on May 18, 2023, 03:21:58 PM



Tubular Bells, as it approaches its 50th anniversary


Are you tempted by the anniversary edition,  Will?


I don't think so. I don't have the audio equipment to really benefit from it - 5.1 system, etc. Not even a Blu-Ray player!  And actually, it isn't - by quite a way - my favourite Mike Oldfield album.  There, I said it!


Nor mine. Of those I've heard, which aren't his whole catalogue, I like Ommadawn best.

I dont do 5.1 etc. either, but I think there's a remastered vinyl LP coming. Might be of interest to an old fogey like me.


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Post by: Will S on May 19, 2023, 10:17:20 AM




Tubular Bells, as it approaches its 50th anniversary


Are you tempted by the anniversary edition,  Will?


I don't think so. I don't have the audio equipment to really benefit from it - 5.1 system, etc. Not even a Blu-Ray player!  And actually, it isn't - by quite a way - my favourite Mike Oldfield album.  There, I said it!


Nor mine. Of those I've heard, which aren't his whole catalogue, I like Ommadawn best.

I dont do 5.1 etc. either, but I think there's a remastered vinyl LP coming. Might be of interest to an old fogey like me.


I must admit to a liking for his mixed long-form and song albums - Five Miles Out, Discovery and especially Crises, but maybe that's also because that's when I found his music.  I also have a soft spot for Hergest Ridge.


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Post by: Alan2 on May 19, 2023, 11:16:04 AM





Tubular Bells, as it approaches its 50th anniversary


Are you tempted by the anniversary edition,  Will?


I don't think so. I don't have the audio equipment to really benefit from it - 5.1 system, etc. Not even a Blu-Ray player!  And actually, it isn't - by quite a way - my favourite Mike Oldfield album.  There, I said it!


Nor mine. Of those I've heard, which aren't his whole catalogue, I like Ommadawn best.

I dont do 5.1 etc. either, but I think there's a remastered vinyl LP coming. Might be of interest to an old fogey like me.


I must admit to a liking for his mixed long-form and song albums - Five Miles Out, Discovery and especially Crises, but maybe that's also because that's when I found his music.  I also have a soft spot for Hergest Ridge.


He definitely had a good 80s, imo.  I still listen to Discovery.


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Post by: bassline (Mike) on May 19, 2023, 12:34:40 PM
Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society.

A little late to the 'Holy Crape ! Do You Remember Walter is Mr Blue Sky party (or the other way round),' but it's about time I listened to a proper Kinks album, as opposed to Greatest Hits collections.

I was more familiar with some of the songs than I realised, and I'm enjoying wallowing in the Sixties nostalgia of that weird green carpet my parents bought that provided city streets for my Matchbox cars while I listened to the radio on the Grundig stereogram.

Good stuff from way back when.


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Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 19, 2023, 12:35:09 PM
A French radio station “fip”. A truly eclectic mix of music.

So far this morning I’ve had a reggae version of Paranoid, Forest by Tudor Lodge feat Linda Peters (wonder what happened to her?) a classical piece I recognised but can’t remember the name, Bob Dylan singing I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You, some great jazz & loads of other stuff I didn’t write down.

I haven’t listened to another radio station since it was recommended to me.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on May 19, 2023, 08:07:03 PM
Two new albums from artists well into their sixth decade of making music.

Seven Psalms - Paul Simon

He is one of the absolute touchstones of my musical life and I love everything from The Paul Simon Songbook to The Rhythm of the Saints. After that things get patchier. There are songs I like but rarely complete albums. He seemed to forget how to write memorable tunes and this one continues in that vein. Melodic certainly but largely devoid of hooks. From his back catalogue it reminds me most of all of Songs From The Capeman. Sadly it is not going to displace Still Crazy After All These Years or One Trick Pony in my affections.

O Sun, O Moon - Bruce Cockburn

By contrast, quite simply one of the best records of his career. Deeply spiritual and confronting his mortality as many records by older artists seem to now but it has melodies and lyrics that instantly lodge in the brain and is an album of enormous compassion and dignity.

One thing that connects both records in a negative way however. Lyrics about Covid that will date them faster than yesterday's newspapers. I never want to hear a song about or be reminded of the depths of the pandemic and I am sure I am not alone, so Simon's repeated "The Covid virus is The Lord", though possibly not intended the way it reads, is not helpful.


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Post by: Paul B on May 20, 2023, 11:52:14 AM
I was waiting for a review GG as yours are always interesting and thoughtful -I am expecting the Paul Simon CD today and will listen with an open-ish, pretty sceptical, mind -the consensus of the on-line and print reviewers is overwhelmingly positive, which is sometimes a red flag for me.
As for Mr Cockburn I will investigate as I have not really explored his work in any depth unlike others -Neil Y, Lyle Lovett, Rodney Crowell, Dave Alvin etc


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Post by: Nick Reg on May 20, 2023, 01:50:00 PM

Two new albums from artists well into their sixth decade of making music.

Seven Psalms - Paul Simon

He is one of the absolute touchstones of my musical life and I love everything from The Paul Simon Songbook to The Rhythm of the Saints. After that things get patchier. There are songs I like but rarely complete albums. He seemed to forget how to write memorable tunes and this one continues in that vein. Melodic certainly but largely devoid of hooks. From his back catalogue it reminds me most of all of Songs From The Capeman. Sadly it is not going to displace Still Crazy After All These Years or One Trick Pony in my affections.

O Sun, O Moon - Bruce Cockburn

By contrast, quite simply one of the best records of his career. Deeply spiritual and confronting his mortality as many records by older artists seem to now but it has melodies and lyrics that instantly lodge in the brain and is an album of enormous compassion and dignity.

One thing that connects both records in a negative way however. Lyrics about Covid that will date them faster than yesterday's newspapers. I never want to hear a song about or be reminded of the depths of the pandemic and I am sure I am not alone, so Simon's repeated "The Covid virus is The Lord", though possibly not intended the way it reads, is not helpful.

I too have been listening to new albums by oldies, in my case Paul Simon and Graham Nash. Both myself and Mrs Reg have been long time fans of Paul Simon and have seen him twice (plus 2 tribute bands -Gary Stewarts Graceland are rather good). The new album is excrutiating and we couldnt even get half way through. Dull in the extreme. On the other hand the Nash on first hearing is pretty good. No over complications and bottom disappearing there at all. I am making up somewhat for grossly undervaluing him throught the latter part of the 70's , the 80's and 90's. Finally seeing him with Crosby and CSN made me realise how much he brought to the whole. Well worth a listen.


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Post by: Will S on May 20, 2023, 05:35:32 PM
Just listening to the Paul Simon album on Spotify.  Will withhold judgment till I've heard the whole thing.

Thanks for the review of the Bruce Cockburn album - will definitely follow up on that one (I hadn't realised it was out already).


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Post by: wayne stote on May 20, 2023, 09:58:19 PM


Two new albums from artists well into their sixth decade of making music.

Seven Psalms - Paul Simon

He is one of the absolute touchstones of my musical life and I love everything from The Paul Simon Songbook to The Rhythm of the Saints. After that things get patchier. There are songs I like but rarely complete albums. He seemed to forget how to write memorable tunes and this one continues in that vein. Melodic certainly but largely devoid of hooks. From his back catalogue it reminds me most of all of Songs From The Capeman. Sadly it is not going to displace Still Crazy After All These Years or One Trick Pony in my affections.

O Sun, O Moon - Bruce Cockburn

By contrast, quite simply one of the best records of his career. Deeply spiritual and confronting his mortality as many records by older artists seem to now but it has melodies and lyrics that instantly lodge in the brain and is an album of enormous compassion and dignity.

One thing that connects both records in a negative way however. Lyrics about Covid that will date them faster than yesterday's newspapers. I never want to hear a song about or be reminded of the depths of the pandemic and I am sure I am not alone, so Simon's repeated "The Covid virus is The Lord", though possibly not intended the way it reads, is not helpful.

I too have been listening to new albums by oldies, in my case Paul Simon and Graham Nash. Both myself and Mrs Reg have been long time fans of Paul Simon and have seen him twice (plus 2 tribute bands -Gary Stewarts Graceland are rather good). The new album is excrutiating and we couldnt even get half way through. Dull in the extreme. On the other hand the Nash on first hearing is pretty good. No over complications and bottom disappearing there at all. I am making up somewhat for grossly undervaluing him throught the latter part of the 70's , the 80's and 90's. Finally seeing him with Crosby and CSN made me realise how much he brought to the whole. Well worth a listen.


Agreed on the new Graham Nash album. Very enjoyable on early acquaintance. His last one, This Path Tonight, has been one of my highlights of the last decade, and it's looking promising that Now might match its impact.


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Post by: Ian_ on May 21, 2023, 01:36:03 PM

Two new albums from artists well into their sixth decade of making music.

Seven Psalms - Paul Simon

He is one of the absolute touchstones of my musical life and I love everything from The Paul Simon Songbook to The Rhythm of the Saints. After that things get patchier. There are songs I like but rarely complete albums. He seemed to forget how to write memorable tunes and this one continues in that vein. Melodic certainly but largely devoid of hooks. From his back catalogue it reminds me most of all of Songs From The Capeman. Sadly it is not going to displace Still Crazy After All These Years or One Trick Pony in my affections.

O Sun, O Moon - Bruce Cockburn

By contrast, quite simply one of the best records of his career. Deeply spiritual and confronting his mortality as many records by older artists seem to now but it has melodies and lyrics that instantly lodge in the brain and is an album of enormous compassion and dignity.

One thing that connects both records in a negative way however. Lyrics about Covid that will date them faster than yesterday's newspapers. I never want to hear a song about or be reminded of the depths of the pandemic and I am sure I am not alone, so Simon's repeated "The Covid virus is The Lord", though possibly not intended the way it reads, is not helpful.


 Personally I'm liking the new Paul Simon album, took me more than one listen to get into it but it has many exquisite moments both musically and lyrically. Not a 'pop' album by any means but it rings with spiritual depth  :)


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Post by: mickf on May 23, 2023, 06:12:26 PM

Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society.

A little late to the 'Holy Crape ! Do You Remember Walter is Mr Blue Sky party (or the other way round),' but it's about time I listened to a proper Kinks album, as opposed to Greatest Hits collections.

I was more familiar with some of the songs than I realised, and I'm enjoying wallowing in the Sixties nostalgia of that weird green carpet my parents bought that provided city streets for my Matchbox cars while I listened to the radio on the Grundig stereogram.

Good stuff from way back when.


I love that album, must give it another listen


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Post by: Jules Gray on May 24, 2023, 09:49:25 AM


Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society.

A little late to the 'Holy Crape ! Do You Remember Walter is Mr Blue Sky party (or the other way round),' but it's about time I listened to a proper Kinks album, as opposed to Greatest Hits collections.

I was more familiar with some of the songs than I realised, and I'm enjoying wallowing in the Sixties nostalgia of that weird green carpet my parents bought that provided city streets for my Matchbox cars while I listened to the radio on the Grundig stereogram.

Good stuff from way back when.


I love that album, must give it another listen


In another dimension, every track on VGPS was a hit single.

Jules


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Post by: Peter Allen on May 24, 2023, 03:36:13 PM
I think I bought an expanded version of VGPS , I need to dig it out to try the bonus stuff , I didn't bother at the time as the original album on CD1 well that seemed to say it all...but maybe worth a revisit if I can find discs 2 + 3


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Post by: Jules Gray on May 24, 2023, 04:00:39 PM

I think I bought an expanded version of VGPS , I need to dig it out to try the bonus stuff , I didn't bother at the time as the original album on CD1 well that seemed to say it all...but maybe worth a revisit if I can find discs 2 + 3


Remarkably, that old 3 disc edition still had some crucual tracks missing. I made my own expanded double album length version.

Jules


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Post by: Nick Reg on May 24, 2023, 06:47:55 PM
Fenne Lily - Big Picture. What a find. A tip off from a friend living in Germany where she has toured with Lucy Dacus. Fans of Lucy , Boygenius or Mazzy Star will love this.


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Post by: Andy on May 25, 2023, 11:19:57 AM
Peter Gabriel albums


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Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on May 28, 2023, 10:10:45 AM
Barclay James Harvest “Once Again” 4 disc version.
The 5.1 remix is stunning!


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Post by: Phil Perry on May 28, 2023, 04:29:05 PM
I never quite forgave the VGPS for making a list of all things quintessentially English ... and then including Mickey Mouse  :P


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Post by: Jules Gray on May 29, 2023, 01:20:59 PM

I never quite forgave the VGPS for making a list of all things quintessentially English ... and then including Mickey Mouse  :P


Donald Duck, to be accurate.

Jules


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Post by: Alan2 on May 30, 2023, 08:37:09 AM
Renaissance  :  A Song for All Seasons  (Cherry Red LP,  2023).


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 02, 2023, 02:08:31 PM
A bunch of John Hiatt albums to accompany a biography that I am currently reading.

Interested to learn that Gerry Conway played on one of my favourite of his albums, Slug Line. I wonder how that connection was made as the album was recorded in the UD and it is not the sort of music I would normally associate with Gerry.


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Post by: ColinB on June 02, 2023, 03:44:17 PM
Meg Baird - Furling.

I'm new to her music having heard a track from this album on the latest Mojo cd. It's one of these records that occasionally makes you pause for thought because you're reminded of other artists but you can't think who. This review does mention Sandy Denny and Fairport so that could be the link.

https://www.folkradio.co.uk/2023/01/meg-baird-furling/


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Post by: Yorkshire Chris on June 02, 2023, 03:53:33 PM
Meg Baird is amazing. I saw her at the Brudenell in Leeds when she was over here promoting 'Don't Weigh Down the Light' in 2015. Met her after the gig and she's lovely.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 02, 2023, 04:15:44 PM

A bunch of John Hiatt albums to accompany a biography that I am currently reading.

Interested to learn that Gerry Conway played on one of my favourite of his albums, Slug Line. I wonder how that connection was made as the album was recorded in the UD and it is not the sort of music I would normally associate with Gerry.


US, not UD.


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Post by: Alan2 on June 05, 2023, 08:56:28 AM
Mighty Baby :  Mighty Baby (Ace LP,  2023).


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Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on June 05, 2023, 04:15:42 PM
Brook Williams & Aaron Catlow as we’re off to see them on Thursday :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Brendan on June 05, 2023, 09:57:46 PM
Lisa O'Neill - All Of This Is Chance. I really don't know what it is about this album, but it has the possiblity of pushing out Regina Spectors' - Home, Before and After from it's position on permanent rotation in my car CD player


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on June 06, 2023, 09:11:12 AM
House  of all
A Fall album without Mark E Smith and his granny on bongos!
Actually they are all ex -Fall members and it's a great record just what the world has been missing since MES popped his clogs
Two drummers, two guitars and bass, what's not to love?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 06, 2023, 10:13:51 AM

House  of all
A Fall album without Mark E Smith and his granny on bongos!
Actually they are all ex -Fall members and it's a great record just what the world has been missing since MES popped his clogs
Two drummers, two guitars and bass, what's not to love?


Good, innit....


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 12, 2023, 09:08:07 AM
Shirley Collins  :   Archangel Hill  (Domino Records LP,  2023).

I continue to be amazed at the quality of Shirley Collins's  records
since she came out of retirement.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 22, 2023, 08:53:56 AM
Steeleye Span  :  Live at Last  (BGO CD,  1997).

I don't play this very often but it's a good reminder of what a fine time it was for them -  Mr Carthy still in the group, everyone playing so well.  'Montrose'  is fab.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: DarrenWilliams on June 22, 2023, 09:40:59 AM

Steeleye Span  :  Live at Last  (BGO CD,  1997).

I don't play this very often but it's a good reminder of what a fine time it was for them -  Mr Carthy still in the group, everyone playing so well.  'Montrose'  is fab.


The bass playing on this album is superb, such a great tone.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 22, 2023, 10:22:55 AM


Steeleye Span  :  Live at Last  (BGO CD,  1997).

I don't play this very often but it's a good reminder of what a fine time it was for them -  Mr Carthy still in the group, everyone playing so well.  'Montrose'  is fab.


The bass playing on this album is superb, such a great tone.


In recent years I've sort of just 'gone off' Steeleye.  The last time I saw Maddy was on the Sandy tour (2012?) and I almost instantly stopped loving her voice.  I've found it hard to go back on that...although I still listen to the early material in particular.  I like this album though...it's John Kirkpatrick that makes it for me...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on June 22, 2023, 10:51:06 PM
Little Johnny England, with sadness.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 23, 2023, 07:41:49 AM

Little Johnny England, with sadness.


Why the sadness, Andy?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on June 23, 2023, 09:39:01 AM



Steeleye Span  :  Live at Last  (BGO CD,  1997).

I don't play this very often but it's a good reminder of what a fine time it was for them -  Mr Carthy still in the group, everyone playing so well.  'Montrose'  is fab.


The bass playing on this album is superb, such a great tone.


In recent years I've sort of just 'gone off' Steeleye.  The last time I saw Maddy was on the Sandy tour (2012?) and I almost instantly stopped loving her voice.  I've found it hard to go back on that...although I still listen to the early material in particular.  I like this album though...it's John Kirkpatrick that makes it for me...


I too had gone off them finding Maddy's voice too shouty, but I enjoyed them last time the did Cropredy and a year ago I and to see them on the 50 years of below the salt tour and thoroughly enjoyed them, but the lass on fiddle  did a fair bit of the heavy lifting on the higher register stuff.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on June 23, 2023, 10:27:19 AM


Little Johnny England, with sadness.


Why the sadness, Andy?


Gareth is very, very ill. He hopes to play at the Nfff, which he says will be his last gig.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 23, 2023, 10:33:57 AM



Little Johnny England, with sadness.


Why the sadness, Andy?


Gareth is very, very ill. He hopes to play at the Nfff, which he says will be his last gig.


Oh, no....that is sad :'(


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on June 23, 2023, 12:15:20 PM
It's not a secret, Gareth has discussed this on Facebook.

But I'm not putting details here.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 24, 2023, 08:49:29 AM
Thunderpussy: Thunderpussy (CD 2018).

The sleeve looks like an Alice Cooper album gone wrong but the music is dynamite rock, old school, like people did before punk came along.  They are an all female band.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on June 26, 2023, 03:46:53 PM
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage Before The Sun. I've been meaning to get hold of something of theirs since seeing them on tour with Fairport this winter, and this doesn't disappoint.  Just sorry I missed them when they played locally, on the very day we left for our most recent trip to Africa.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 26, 2023, 10:09:45 PM
Mike Oldfield's first four, over and over.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on June 27, 2023, 07:34:46 AM
'Judgement day' - the latest album from Lovebites, an all female Japanese metal band who have 2 amazing guitarists.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 27, 2023, 09:35:50 AM

Mike Oldfield's first four, over and over.

Jules


Where do you stand on Incantations?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on June 27, 2023, 11:11:01 AM
RT's You? Me? Us? after seeing that he's playing Woods of Darney on his current tour. It doesn't look like he's been  anywhere up round these parts. Wouldn't mind seeing him play his hometown gig at Ally Pally this week.

https://www.setlist.fm/search?query=richard+thompson


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 27, 2023, 11:18:14 AM


Mike Oldfield's first four, over and over.  


Where do you stand on Incantations?  


I absolutely love it. It's either my second or third favourite depending on what day it is.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 27, 2023, 04:16:14 PM
A friend introduced me to Incantations not long ago. It has some lovely moments, but it's awfully long in total.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on June 27, 2023, 04:21:56 PM

A friend introduced me to Incantations not long ago. It has some lovely moments, but it's awfully long in total.


I've never thought it was quite "there"...and I don't think I've listened to it in a decade or more...but will definitely try again and see what I think these days.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on June 27, 2023, 06:54:01 PM

A friend introduced me to Incantations not long ago. It has some lovely moments, but it's awfully long in total.


My days aren't exactly full, I've got time.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on June 27, 2023, 07:32:26 PM

RT's You? Me? Us? after seeing that he's playing Woods of Darney on his current tour. It doesn't look like he's been  anywhere up round these parts. Wouldn't mind seeing him play his hometown gig at Ally Pally this week.

https://www.setlist.fm/search?query=richard+thompson



He was excellent in Cambridge last week.  Played acoustic versions of some of the songs that will appear on the record he is currently making with the electric band; also a couple of things from ‘Bloody Noses’ and, of course, all the old favourites.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on June 28, 2023, 09:03:05 AM


A friend introduced me to Incantations not long ago. It has some lovely moments, but it's awfully long in total.


My days aren't exactly full, I've got time.

Jules


 
 :) :D ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on June 28, 2023, 02:59:38 PM

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage Before The Sun. I've been meaning to get hold of something of theirs since seeing them on tour with Fairport this winter, and this doesn't disappoint.  Just sorry I missed them when they played locally, on the very day we left for our most recent trip to Africa.


I picked that up along with their second album Awake when I went to see them recently. I already had the third album and Hannah's solo record which I picked up on the Fairport tour.

I have been listening to Awake in the car today. Sublime.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on July 03, 2023, 05:07:49 PM
New (currently digital only) solo album from Nicky Wire.  If you're even remotely interested in the Manics you'll enjoy this.  Includes fairly brief San Ra-esque freak outs so watch out for them ;)  Otherwise, much as you'd expect...and that's not damning with faint praise.  Rather lovely, I felt.

https://nickywire.bandcamp.com/album/nicky-wire


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on July 03, 2023, 07:24:14 PM
Fleetwood Mac Tusk.

I've not played it since the three times, or there abouts, that I listened to it when it came out.

Apart from a couple of tracks, I thought it a big disappointment.

I picked up a CD copy recently and, apart from a couple of so-so tracks, I thought it was great.

I haven't moved on to the bonus disc yet, so it'll be in the player for a while.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on July 06, 2023, 07:20:44 PM


A friend introduced me to Incantations not long ago. It has some lovely moments, but it's awfully long in total.


I've never thought it was quite "there"...and I don't think I've listened to it in a decade or more...but will definitely try again and see what I think these days.


Well, I gave it a spin over my tea.  I enjoyed Part 1, although it's a bit frantic/screechy in places.  Overall, I'd agree with Alan though - it's a good half an hour too long...and parts of it (Sadly I'm looking at you, Ms Prior) really should never have been saved for posterity.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on July 07, 2023, 10:11:57 AM
Gentle Giant :  In a Glass House,   The Power and the glory.

Road Goes on Forever CDs,  1992,  and among the first CDs I bought.



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on July 11, 2023, 08:51:03 AM
Rare Bird :  Epic Forest  (el CD, 2007).

The only Rare Bird item i have.

Cherry Red have announced the coming release of a box containing the group's whole catalogue.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on July 11, 2023, 06:25:40 PM

Well, I gave it a spin over my tea.  I enjoyed Part 1, although it's a bit frantic/screechy in places.  Overall, I'd agree with Alan though - it's a good half an hour too long...and parts of it (Sadly I'm looking at you, Ms Prior) really should never have been saved for posterity.


Well, you don't have to play the whole thing in one sitting. And once it gets under your skin, you wouldn't lose a thing (well, maybe that vibraphone section in Part Four is a tad overlong). Anyway, it is what it is, and I love it.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Paul B on July 12, 2023, 05:53:42 PM
Stephen Stills: "Live at Berkeley 1971"-(Omnivore):some great performances of great songs especially a lengthy "Cherokee" with horns blazing.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on July 12, 2023, 07:00:57 PM

Stephen Stills: "Live at Berkeley 1971"-(Omnivore):some great performances of great songs especially a lengthy "Cherokee" with horns blazing.


I've been enjoying this recently too.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jules Gray on July 12, 2023, 07:02:45 PM

Stephen Stills: "Live at Berkeley 1971"-(Omnivore):some great performances of great songs especially a lengthy "Cherokee" with horns blazing.


May need to investigate.

Jules


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on July 16, 2023, 10:44:54 AM
The three This Mortal Coil albums.

I bought a second copy of Filigree And Shadow as part of a 'buy two get one free' offer, to keep in the car when I couldn't find a third album I hadn't already got.
I was surprised to receive a brand new Japanese gatefold digi-pak version complete with obi, inner sleeve and the works.
Being a fan of 4AD artwork, I bought the other two albums in the same format.
The artwork is beautiful.

The music is too, and sounds great.
I've been wallowing in the floaty ambience for the last week or so.

Wonderful stuff.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on July 16, 2023, 10:59:30 AM

The three This Mortal Coil albums.

I bought a second copy of Filigree And Shadow as part of a 'buy two get one free' offer, to keep in the car when I couldn't find a third album I hadn't already got.
I was surprised to receive a brand new Japanese gatefold digi-pak version complete with obi, inner sleeve and the works.
Being a fan of 4AD artwork, I bought the other two albums in the same format.
The artwork is beautiful.

The music is too, and sounds great.
I've been wallowing in the floaty ambience for the last week or so.

Wonderful stuff.


I like  Blood, which I was drawn to because of Heidi Berrys involvement.  But there's a lot of variation within the album.  I tried Filigree and Shadow and wasn't greatly moved.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on July 16, 2023, 01:58:53 PM

The three This Mortal Coil albums.

I bought a second copy of Filigree And Shadow as part of a 'buy two get one free' offer, to keep in the car when I couldn't find a third album I hadn't already got.
I was surprised to receive a brand new Japanese gatefold digi-pak version complete with obi, inner sleeve and the works.
Being a fan of 4AD artwork, I bought the other two albums in the same format.
The artwork is beautiful.

The music is too, and sounds great.
I've been wallowing in the floaty ambience for the last week or so.

Wonderful stuff.


Do they have the Sixteen Days 12-inch in that package too?

There are various other is bits and pieces of theirs that are worth taking down. The Lonely Is An Eyesore compilation is a good place to start.

This Mortal Coil got me through my finals at Uni. They were always beautiful.

Cheers

Nick


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on July 16, 2023, 06:23:18 PM


The three This Mortal Coil albums.

I bought a second copy of Filigree And Shadow as part of a 'buy two get one free' offer, to keep in the car when I couldn't find a third album I hadn't already got.
I was surprised to receive a brand new Japanese gatefold digi-pak version complete with obi, inner sleeve and the works.
Being a fan of 4AD artwork, I bought the other two albums in the same format.
The artwork is beautiful.

The music is too, and sounds great.
I've been wallowing in the floaty ambience for the last week or so.

Wonderful stuff.


Do they have the Sixteen Days 12-inch in that package too?

There are various other is bits and pieces of theirs that are worth taking down. The Lonely Is An Eyesore compilation is a good place to start.

This Mortal Coil got me through my finals at Uni. They were always beautiful.

Cheers

Nick


I'm glad you asked that.
There is apparently a compilation called Dust And Guitars in that format, which contains Sixteen Days (Gathering Dust), Sixteen Days reprise and Acid Bitter And Sad from Lonely Is An Eyesore.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick on July 17, 2023, 12:44:55 AM
Dust and Guitars looks like a decent compilation to get. I never tracked down a copy of 16 Days on CD, and the 12 inch was little use except as a picture after I had my turntable nicked.

I shall have to have a search, thanks!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on July 26, 2023, 09:09:41 AM
Synanthesia  :  Synanthesia  (Guerssen  LP, 2023).

I'm glad I waited for a decent reissue of this. Nice,  pastoral psych-folk  with sax, flute.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on July 26, 2023, 01:08:53 PM
This week I am mostly listening to:

The new Blur album.
A Steve Hackett live album.
Reissues of the first two Marshall Crenshaw albums.
A Michael Penn anthology.
A Matthew Sweet compilation.
A CD of Stax demos (free from Mojo magazine and very good).
The only album by Hank Marvin & John Farrar.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on July 26, 2023, 01:56:23 PM
Today I'm listening to Aztec Camera: Knife, Stray and Frestonia, having realised that it has been years since I last did.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on July 28, 2023, 04:28:12 PM
The Fraternal Order Of The All : Greetings From Planet Love

Andrew Gold's 1997 album, hailed as a psychedelic masterpiece, gets a well-deserved remaster/reissue today.
Affectionately paying homage to the great artists of the 60s and 70s (insert their names here), singing most of the vocals and playing most of the instruments himself, Andrew Gold has created an utterly authentic period retro listening experience. Doesn't go quite as far into pastiche as Neil Innes and The Rutles, but nonetheless very enjoyable.
If you like the music of Jellyfish, Wondermints, High Llamas and others of that ilk, this is definitely worth a try...
I'd love to see this recreated live, however, as Andrew Gold sadly left the building in 2011, that's unlikely. This fine album is a testament to his many talents...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on July 28, 2023, 05:24:55 PM

The Fraternal Order Of The All : Greetings From Planet Love

Andrew Gold's 1997 album, hailed as a psychedelic masterpiece, gets a well-deserved remaster/reissue today.
Affectionately paying homage to the great artists of the 60s and 70s (insert their names here), singing most of the vocals and playing most of the instruments himself, Andrew Gold has created an utterly authentic period retro listening experience. Doesn't go quite as far into pastiche as Neil Innes and The Rutles, but nonetheless very enjoyable.
If you like the music of Jellyfish, Wondermints, High Llamas and others of that ilk, this is definitely worth a try...
I'd love to see this recreated live, however, as Andrew Gold sadly left the building in 2011, that's unlikely. This fine album is a testament to his many talents...


Never heard of this before...it's great...thankyou.  I keep saying "But that Andrew Gold" to myself...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on July 28, 2023, 05:40:51 PM
The soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar as a prelude to being in the “mob” in a local production tonight  :D

I am exceptionally excited about it!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: iandiddams on August 01, 2023, 12:35:26 PM

The soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar as a prelude to being in the “mob” in a local production tonight  :D

I am exceptionally excited about it!


Bit late to this now Bridgwit - but FRACTURE LIMBS!!!

And I hope your run went well :-)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on August 02, 2023, 02:55:58 PM


The soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar as a prelude to being in the “mob” in a local production tonight  :D

I am exceptionally excited about it!


Bit late to this now Bridgwit - but FRACTURE LIMBS!!!

And I hope your run went well :-)
We were terrible! But we’d only had 3 rehearsals. We all thoroughly enjoyed it though. I definitely want to tread the boards again…  :o :D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: iandiddams on August 04, 2023, 03:12:17 PM

We were terrible! But we’d only had 3 rehearsals. We all thoroughly enjoyed it though. I definitely want to tread the boards again…  :o :D



Ha ha :-)

I just got cast in John Godber's "Happy jack".

I have 472 lines....


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 05, 2023, 09:00:14 AM
Janis Joplin  :  Farewell Song  (Music on Vinyl,  marbled turquoise  LP,   2023).

Rather a mixed bag of live and studio recordings,  featuring her band Big Brother and the Holding Company.  Originally released 1981.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on August 07, 2023, 04:26:10 PM


We were terrible! But we’d only had 3 rehearsals. We all thoroughly enjoyed it though. I definitely want to tread the boards again…  :o :D



Ha ha :-)

I just got cast in John Godber's "Happy jack".

I have 472 lines....
:o


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 08, 2023, 10:18:37 AM
Jefferson Airplane  :  Volunteers  (Speakers'  Corner  LP).

I suspect this would be a great album if it were better produced.  As it is,  it's just a good album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on August 08, 2023, 10:26:09 AM

Jefferson Airplane  :  Volunteers  (Speakers'  Corner  LP).

I suspect this would be a great album if it were better produced.  As it is,  it's just a good album.
When I bought it I had an old Dansette type record player and it sounded marvelous to me!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on August 08, 2023, 12:40:12 PM
Seth Lakeman's Kitty Jay which, believe it or not, was released 20 years ago.

I first saw him in the days when he was backing Cara Dillon with brother Sam. Can't remember the last time I saw him on stage. Possibly at Folk by the Oak several years back. I think RT was on the bill too.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 09, 2023, 07:36:37 AM


Jefferson Airplane  :  Volunteers  (Speakers'  Corner  LP).

I suspect this would be a great album if it were better produced.  As it is,  it's just a good album.
When I bought it I had an old Dansette type record player and it sounded marvelous to me!


I used  to play all of my records on the family mono record player and they all sounded great!  🙂


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on August 09, 2023, 11:48:29 AM
(Kerry Andrew as) You Are Wolf with a lovely new version of Reynardine https://youarewolf.bandcamp.com/album/reynardine-single

I saw Kerry supporting the Owl Service about 7 years ago, and she was superb.  She's been poorly recently (CFS) though so it's great to hear her singing again.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on August 11, 2023, 10:31:48 AM
Suzi Quatro & KT Tunstall - Face To Face

A collaboration of which I was previously unaware 'til 7.30 this morning (Radio 2's "Record Of The Week", apparently. Shows how often I listen 😆).
Two generations of feisty 'n fierce female musicians who turn out to be big fans of each other create an album of marvellous original material. Nothing ground-breaking, but very listenable and well-crafted. It's a natural sounding partnership, and they audibly had an excellent time making the record. Suzi & KT's voices blend really well, they certainly have a musical kinship.

I live in hope that they tour together - maybe a KT set, then a Suzi Q set followed by the two of them joining forces for a live rendition of this splendid album ?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 11, 2023, 04:05:29 PM

Suzi Quatro & KT Tunstall - Face To Face

A collaboration of which I was previously unaware 'til 7.30 this morning (Radio 2's "Record Of The Week", apparently. Shows how often I listen 😆).
Two generations of feisty 'n fierce female musicians who turn out to be big fans of each other create an album of marvellous original material. Nothing ground-breaking, but very listenable and well-crafted. It's a natural sounding partnership, and they audibly had an excellent time making the record. Suzi & KT's voices blend really well, they certainly have a musical kinship.

I live in hope that they tour together - maybe a KT set, then a Suzi Q set followed by the two of them joining forces for a live rendition of this splendid album ?



Im awaiting a copy of this.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 12, 2023, 08:42:38 AM
Karen Dalton  :  In  My Own Time (50th Anniversary Edition  LP,  Light in the Attic,  2021).


I've waited a while for this-  i think it was a repress issue.  What can you say about a record like this?    I know people have varied tastes,  but anyone with more that a passing interest in folk, blues or even jazz should hear this and if they're still into physical product, own it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on August 13, 2023, 03:11:13 PM
Family History - a 2CD comp of Family's best (?). The only one I could find with all the songs I knew on it. Excellent stuff.

Bowie : Scary Monsters. I used to have all the singles from this album, so I never bought it. Now the singles are gone, I grabbed a copy of the CD. Immediate transportation back to being one of three headbangers amongst all the New Romantics in the sixth form centre who were constantly playing this record and then moaning when I managed to get to the record player with the latest Hawkwind album.

Traffic : Mr Fantasy. I have the 5 Classic Albums collection, but I've bought the first two albums for the bonus tracks. In this case, the US mono mix. Although...I can't see the point of psychedelic phasing effects without the stereo swooooooosh between speakers. Also, it was fun to reminded that the 'Dum-diddy-dum-de-dum-dum' motif from the title track, was exactly the same as a bass fill I used to play on one of the songs from my old band's set back in 1987. Traffic ripped me off 20 years before I came up with it. Swine.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 14, 2023, 08:51:00 AM

Family History - a 2CD comp of Family's best (?). The only one I could find with all the songs I knew on it. Excellent stuff.

Bowie : Scary Monsters. I used to have all the singles from this album, so I never bought it. Now the singles are gone, I grabbed a copy of the CD. Immediate transportation back to being one of three headbangers amongst all the New Romantics in the sixth form centre who were constantly playing this record and then moaning when I managed to get to the record player with the latest Hawkwind album.

Traffic : Mr Fantasy. I have the 5 Classic Albums collection, but I've bought the first two albums for the bonus tracks. In this case, the US mono mix. Although...I can't see the point of psychedelic phasing effects without the stereo swooooooosh between speakers. Also, it was fun to reminded that the 'Dum-diddy-dum-de-dum-dum' motif from the title track, was exactly the same as a bass fill I used to play on one of the songs from my old band's set back in 1987. Traffic ripped me off 20 years before I came up with it. Swine.


Family have been blessed, and sometimes cursed, with numerous reissues.   It must  be awful for a newcomer to find the best version of each album (assuming of course that the person cares at all about how a disc sounds).  There are some obvious needle drops out there, and the Streetwalkers debut has an alternative  running order, brickwalled sound and terrible new artwork.

Cherry Red have scheduled a 3CD reissue of the wonderful Fearless for next month.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on August 17, 2023, 02:46:10 PM
Sky 2 by Sky

Last time I posted this about 15 years ago it caused an outbreak of apoplexy on TAW. Happy to oblige.  ;D

Before that it was an 80s playlist. Have at it!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on August 17, 2023, 03:33:05 PM

Sky 2 by Sky

Last time I posted this about 15 years ago it caused an outbreak of apoplexy on TAW. Happy to oblige.  ;D

Before that it was an 80s playlist. Have at it!



Go for it.  I like Sky, and think 2 is probably their best album.  And as for the 80s playlist, it depends what was on it!  Plenty of decent music from the 80s.

Here, I'm listening to Jars of Clay's The Long Fall Back To Earth.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on August 17, 2023, 04:25:06 PM


Sky 2 by Sky

Last time I posted this about 15 years ago it caused an outbreak of apoplexy on TAW. Happy to oblige.  ;D

Before that it was an 80s playlist. Have at it!



Go for it.  I like Sky, and think 2 is probably their best album.  And as for the 80s playlist, it depends what was on it!  Plenty of decent music from the 80s.

Here, I'm listening to Jars of Clay's The Long Fall Back To Earth.


Yes I am being a little disingenuous. Much of my 80s playlist didn't trouble the singles charts.


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Post by: Nick Reg on August 17, 2023, 04:54:29 PM



Sky 2 by Sky

Last time I posted this about 15 years ago it caused an outbreak of apoplexy on TAW. Happy to oblige.  ;D

Before that it was an 80s playlist. Have at it!



Go for it.  I like Sky, and think 2 is probably their best album.  And as for the 80s playlist, it depends what was on it!  Plenty of decent music from the 80s.

Here, I'm listening to Jars of Clay's The Long Fall Back To Earth.


Yes I am being a little disingenuous. Much of my 80s playlist didn't trouble the singles charts.
How many since then have?  ;D


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on August 17, 2023, 04:59:08 PM




Sky 2 by Sky

Last time I posted this about 15 years ago it caused an outbreak of apoplexy on TAW. Happy to oblige.  ;D

Before that it was an 80s playlist. Have at it!



Go for it.  I like Sky, and think 2 is probably their best album.  And as for the 80s playlist, it depends what was on it!  Plenty of decent music from the 80s.

Here, I'm listening to Jars of Clay's The Long Fall Back To Earth.


Yes I am being a little disingenuous. Much of my 80s playlist didn't trouble the singles charts.
How many since then have?  ;D


Even fewer, though I do have at least 10 chart songs from every decade as I always download something from the top 10 on my birthday. Some years it is hard to find anything I can tolerate. This year it was Flowers by Miley Cyrus which is actually rather good. I even contemplated getting the album but have not, as yet, committed.


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Post by: Alan2 on August 18, 2023, 09:26:47 AM
Mick Softley-  the CBS  albums on CD.

Incredibly underrated singer and songwriter, sadly no longer with us.


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Post by: Will S on August 18, 2023, 09:46:43 AM
Matthews Southern Comfort The Essential Collection


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Post by: iandiddams on August 18, 2023, 10:14:52 AM
Mark Harrison - "Road to Liberty", double album.
Heard him and his band at "Tangled Roots" a few weeks ago - americana/roots style.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on August 20, 2023, 10:31:58 AM
Pete Atkin :   The Luck of the Draw - songbook volume II (Hillside CD, 2023).

Pete's new album, which fans will know about  already.  A collection of reworking of old songs with a handful of new.  As ever, wonderful.

Official release date September 1st, but you can get one now from the website.
 


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Post by: Alan2 on August 20, 2023, 10:33:54 AM
Trevor Beales  :  Fireside Stories, 1971- '74.

This might have been discussed here already, I'm not sure.


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Post by: davidmjs on August 20, 2023, 10:49:14 AM

Trevor Beales  :  Fireside Stories, 1971- '74.

This might have been discussed here already, I'm not sure.


I think it might have been...Henry Parker did the launch gig covering some of the songs.  I think it's probably stretching the material a little far as an album, but it's very nice nonetheless.


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Post by: Alan2 on August 21, 2023, 09:15:03 AM


Trevor Beales  :  Fireside Stories, 1971- '74.

This might have been discussed here already, I'm not sure.


I think it might have been...Henry Parker did the launch gig covering some of the songs.  I think it's probably stretching the material a little far as an album, but it's very nice nonetheless.


My feeling is if Mr Beales had got into a studio with a producer these tracks would have made a great album.

Last night:  Mark Fry :  Dreaming of Alice (Now Again Records LP, 2020).

This is interesting but really just for hard core psych folk enthusiasts.  It's a proper edition, carefully remastered from original tapes.


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Post by: Nick Reg on August 22, 2023, 01:22:49 PM
Tiny Notes by The Young Uns. Songwriting of the highest calibre and the performance isnt too bad either. Sean Cooney is something special.


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Post by: Sue & Chris on August 22, 2023, 05:09:45 PM
Teddy Thompson - My Love of Country.

If you've ever wondered what Richard and Linda's 'I'll Regret it All in the Morning' would sound like as a country number, wonder no more!


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Post by: Andy on August 23, 2023, 11:21:14 AM
The remastered Friendliness album.

I am happy.


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Post by: Nick Reg on August 23, 2023, 11:26:47 AM

The remastered Friendliness album.

I am happy.
And So you should be.


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Post by: Alan2 on August 25, 2023, 09:02:29 AM
Pentangle  :  Sweet Child   (Real Gone 2LP reissue, 2018, blue vinyl).

Love all of the Transatlantic Pentangle.   Never tire of them.


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Post by: davidmjs on August 25, 2023, 09:20:10 AM

Love all of the Transatlantic Pentangle.   Never tire of them.


I sometimes make a stab at defending Solomon's Seal, but ultimately, it's normally a pretty half hearted one.  The first couple of post-classic line-up albums are worthy of a listen but it's clearly massively diminishing returns from SS onwards...


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Post by: Alan2 on August 25, 2023, 04:04:04 PM


Love all of the Transatlantic Pentangle.   Never tire of them.


I sometimes make a stab at defending Solomon's Seal, but ultimately, it's normally a pretty half hearted one.  The first couple of post-classic line-up albums are worthy of a listen but it's clearly massively diminishing returns from SS onwards...


I like Solomon's Seal and for me it's like the Transatlantic album that wasn't.  I listen to all of the albums after that too, but I often have to remind myself it's  a different  group, if that makes sense.


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Post by: davidmjs on August 25, 2023, 04:24:41 PM



Love all of the Transatlantic Pentangle.   Never tire of them.


I sometimes make a stab at defending Solomon's Seal, but ultimately, it's normally a pretty half hearted one.  The first couple of post-classic line-up albums are worthy of a listen but it's clearly massively diminishing returns from SS onwards...


I like Solomon's Seal and for me it's like the Transatlantic album that wasn't.  I listen to all of the albums after that too, but I often have to remind myself it's  a different  group, if that makes sense.


Well, Open the Door is only 20% different (Mike Piggott in for John), but yes, absolutely...  Incidentally a friend saw JM's Pentangle in Kent a few days back and, well, let's just say, "was not impressed".  He described it as 80% lounge lizard jazz.


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Post by: mickf on August 25, 2023, 04:55:15 PM
They were like that when I saw them in the last Butlins festival in January. I actually enjoyed the set, though.


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Post by: Alan2 on August 25, 2023, 05:49:17 PM




Love all of the Transatlantic Pentangle.   Never tire of them.


I sometimes make a stab at defending Solomon's Seal, but ultimately, it's normally a pretty half hearted one.  The first couple of post-classic line-up albums are worthy of a listen but it's clearly massively diminishing returns from SS onwards...


I like Solomon's Seal and for me it's like the Transatlantic album that wasn't.  I listen to all of the albums after that too, but I often have to remind myself it's  a different  group, if that makes sense.


Well, Open the Door is only 20% different (Mike Piggott in for John), but yes, absolutely...  Incidentally a friend saw JM's Pentangle in Kent a few days back and, well, let's just say, "was not impressed".  He described it as 80% lounge lizard jazz.


I've seen JMs Pentangle, though admittedly it was a few years sgo. I liked it, but each to.his own.  My feeling was Jacqui  missed a career as a jazz singer.


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Post by: davidmjs on August 25, 2023, 05:52:37 PM





Love all of the Transatlantic Pentangle.   Never tire of them.


I sometimes make a stab at defending Solomon's Seal, but ultimately, it's normally a pretty half hearted one.  The first couple of post-classic line-up albums are worthy of a listen but it's clearly massively diminishing returns from SS onwards...


I like Solomon's Seal and for me it's like the Transatlantic album that wasn't.  I listen to all of the albums after that too, but I often have to remind myself it's  a different  group, if that makes sense.


Well, Open the Door is only 20% different (Mike Piggott in for John), but yes, absolutely...  Incidentally a friend saw JM's Pentangle in Kent a few days back and, well, let's just say, "was not impressed".  He described it as 80% lounge lizard jazz.


I've seen JMs Pentangle, though admittedly it was a few years sgo. I liked it, but each to.his own.  My feeling was Jacqui  missed a career as a jazz singer.
#

She can and should do exactly what she wants to.  The problem (from my point of view) is the name.  That type of Jazz has little to do with the original band (who were very Jazzy but in an, I think, very different way).


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Post by: Alan2 on August 28, 2023, 03:41:21 PM
Jackie McShee's  Take Three   (CD,  2013).

Well at least she isn't calling them Pentangle.  ;D ;

It's a trio comprising herself, Alan Thomson on guitar and Gerry Conway on percussion. All but a couple of the tracks are traditional folk and some will be familiar from Pentangle days. I rather like it. It came out without much fuss, and I'd forgotten i bought it almost, till last night when I got remembered during the night and got up to ransack my flat for it.


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Post by: davidmjs on August 30, 2023, 11:20:54 AM
The Beatles (Stowe School Complete Concert 4-4-63).  This will almost certainly be removed at some point, but an enjoyable listen whilst it's there... https://www.youtube.com/watch?si=RLgs6O1jqGFNYIh5&fbclid=IwAR3-PHYPEtPxUK4wmp5y9lBUZJZFdSZNV-GpIKg0yXi5rNJA8PVLFIZXadc&v=ZYaMkVmlg3A&feature=youtu.be


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Post by: Alan2 on August 30, 2023, 02:31:23 PM

The Beatles (Stowe School Complete Concert 4-4-63).  This will almost certainly be removed at some point, but an enjoyable listen whilst it's there... https://www.youtube.com/watch?si=RLgs6O1jqGFNYIh5&fbclid=IwAR3-PHYPEtPxUK4wmp5y9lBUZJZFdSZNV-GpIKg0yXi5rNJA8PVLFIZXadc&v=ZYaMkVmlg3A&feature=youtu.be


The Front Row (radio 4) piece about this was interesting.  What they played of the tape sounded of good quality.  


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Post by: davidmjs on August 30, 2023, 03:07:23 PM


The Beatles (Stowe School Complete Concert 4-4-63).  This will almost certainly be removed at some point, but an enjoyable listen whilst it's there... https://www.youtube.com/watch?si=RLgs6O1jqGFNYIh5&fbclid=IwAR3-PHYPEtPxUK4wmp5y9lBUZJZFdSZNV-GpIKg0yXi5rNJA8PVLFIZXadc&v=ZYaMkVmlg3A&feature=youtu.be


The Front Row (radio 4) piece about this was interesting.  What they played of the tape sounded of good quality.  


I didn't realise there'd been a Front Row piece...will check it out.


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Post by: Nick Reg on August 30, 2023, 04:58:29 PM
Sinead - Sean non Nusa
Drive By Truckers - An American Band
Ian Prowse - Does This Train Stop On Merseyside


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 01, 2023, 08:55:43 AM
Jacqui McShee's  Pentangle  :  Feoffee's  Lands  (CD,  2005).

This covers a so many of styles on one album you have to respect it. Some tracks work really well and others leave me uncertain.  The version of 'Bruton Town' for example is as far away  from the first Pentangle recording as it can get.


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Post by: Ian_ on September 01, 2023, 05:12:35 PM

 The Coral - Coral island

 Thoroughly enjoyable music, but I'll admit to being ambivalent about the spoken-word sections..... :-\


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 01, 2023, 05:26:37 PM
The new Daphne's Flight album Love Is The Weapon Of Choice

Also Nik Kershaw, Songs From The Shelf Part 2 and Gilmore and Roberts' Documenting Snapshots and all of the other stuff I haven't been in the mood to listen to for the last couple of weeks.

Coincidentally two of the above albums contain songs about indigenous Australian land rights and culture.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 02, 2023, 11:34:26 AM
Sailin' Shoes - Little Feat and a twofer of the two Flying Burrito Brothers albums.


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Post by: davidmjs on September 08, 2023, 06:59:50 PM
Romy "Mid Air".  One banger after another...absolutely superb.  But then it would be, I guess. Impossible to sit still to...


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Post by: ColinB on September 09, 2023, 11:06:08 AM
Kathryn Tickell & Ensemble Mystical after her gig in Settle on Thursday. I've downloaded her new release with the Darkening and also a solo album by her accordion player Amy Thatcher who I see plays in about 5 different groups.

I also have a new release from Ninebarrow to listen to and for something a bit different, a live album by The Tiger Lillies.



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Post by: wayne stote on September 09, 2023, 11:50:41 AM
The Anchoress - The Art Of Losing, from 2021, bought in a charity shop. Very nice, gently proggy pop-rock.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 09, 2023, 01:42:42 PM
Kristin Hersh  :  Clear Pond  Road  (Limited edition  Blue vinyl LP,  Fire Records,  2023).

I love Kristin's  albums even when challenged  me. This one is a grower.


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Post by: davidmjs on September 09, 2023, 04:30:31 PM
I've been listening to and enjoying Broadsword this morning.  The new multi-disc set must surely be over egging the pudding though?  Anybody got it and can convince me otherwise?  8 discs for less than £70 does rather show Bob Dylan where to shove his 4 CDs for £170 new Budokan box....

Incidentally, was Bruce (Rowland) ever in Tull?  I swear there's a photo in this month's Prog that features him... Incidentally, Ian is both exceedingly complimentary, and a little rude, about Gerry....


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Post by: bassline (Mike) on September 09, 2023, 05:52:09 PM
I've been listening to and enjoying Broadsword this morning.  The new multi-disc set must surely be over egging the pudding though?  Anybody got it and can convince me otherwise?  8 discs for less than £70 does rather show Bob Dylan where to shove his 4 CDs for £170 new Budokan box....

Incidentally, was Bruce (Rowland) ever in Tull?  I swear there's a photo in this month's Prog that features him... Incidentally, Ian is both exceedingly complimentary, and a little rude, about Gerry....

Apparently there was a drummer issue for a few years after Broadsword. Gerry left and Paul Burgess did the US tour. Phil Collins played the Prince's Trust Concert. Then it seemed to be either Gerry, Paul, Doane Perry and/or a drum machine until Rock Island when Doane became permanent.

I'm guessing Bruce is just filling in for a TV performance in the picture, maybe miming to a backing track, and brought in by Peggy. That's not the full stage set or a particularly big stage.


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Post by: Sue & Chris on September 10, 2023, 08:24:01 AM

I've been listening to and enjoying Broadsword this morning.  The new multi-disc set must surely be over egging the pudding though?  Anybody got it and can convince me otherwise?  8 discs for less than £70 does rather show Bob Dylan where to shove his 4 CDs for £170 new Budokan box....

Incidentally, was Bruce (Rowland) ever in Tull?  I swear there's a photo in this month's Prog that features him... Incidentally, Ian is both exceedingly complimentary, and a little rude, about Gerry....


I loved Broadsword when it first came out, but it has aged the least well of all Tull albums, imo. Would be interested to hear whether the latest remix has managed to mitigate all that parpy 80s keyboard.


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Post by: davidmjs on September 10, 2023, 11:07:36 AM


I've been listening to and enjoying Broadsword this morning.  The new multi-disc set must surely be over egging the pudding though?  Anybody got it and can convince me otherwise?  8 discs for less than £70 does rather show Bob Dylan where to shove his 4 CDs for £170 new Budokan box....

Incidentally, was Bruce (Rowland) ever in Tull?  I swear there's a photo in this month's Prog that features him... Incidentally, Ian is both exceedingly complimentary, and a little rude, about Gerry....


I loved Broadsword when it first came out, but it has aged the least well of all Tull albums, imo. Would be interested to hear whether the latest remix has managed to mitigate all that parpy 80s keyboard.


You reckon A and Under Wraps have aged better - really?  I think what Broadsword has in its favour is that it balances the (then) modern with the 'traditional' Tull sound all wrapped up in a slightly more AORish sheen...that makes it sound hideous actually ;D


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Post by: Nick Reg on September 10, 2023, 01:39:00 PM



I've been listening to and enjoying Broadsword this morning.  The new multi-disc set must surely be over egging the pudding though?  Anybody got it and can convince me otherwise?  8 discs for less than £70 does rather show Bob Dylan where to shove his 4 CDs for £170 new Budokan box....

Incidentally, was Bruce (Rowland) ever in Tull?  I swear there's a photo in this month's Prog that features him... Incidentally, Ian is both exceedingly complimentary, and a little rude, about Gerry....


I loved Broadsword when it first came out, but it has aged the least well of all Tull albums, imo. Would be interested to hear whether the latest remix has managed to mitigate all that parpy 80s keyboard.


You reckon A and Under Wraps have aged better - really?  I think what Broadsword has in its favour is that it balances the (then) modern with the 'traditional' Tull sound all wrapped up in a slightly more AORish sheen...that makes it sound hideous actually ;D
I suppose that would depend upon what you thought of them to start with!!  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Sue & Chris on September 10, 2023, 02:20:25 PM




I've been listening to and enjoying Broadsword this morning.  The new multi-disc set must surely be over egging the pudding though?  Anybody got it and can convince me otherwise?  8 discs for less than £70 does rather show Bob Dylan where to shove his 4 CDs for £170 new Budokan box....

Incidentally, was Bruce (Rowland) ever in Tull?  I swear there's a photo in this month's Prog that features him... Incidentally, Ian is both exceedingly complimentary, and a little rude, about Gerry....


I loved Broadsword when it first came out, but it has aged the least well of all Tull albums, imo. Would be interested to hear whether the latest remix has managed to mitigate all that parpy 80s keyboard.


You reckon A and Under Wraps have aged better - really?  I think what Broadsword has in its favour is that it balances the (then) modern with the 'traditional' Tull sound all wrapped up in a slightly more AORish sheen...that makes it sound hideous actually ;D
I suppose that would depend upon what you thought of them to start with!!  ;D


Indeed! I keep forgetting about Under Wraps, because I think I've listened to it about twice. It's not for me. A, I think, hangs on to a bit of the Stormwatch feel, so sounds a little less dated. Broadsword, for the record, is miles better than both of them, dated or not!


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Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on September 10, 2023, 10:26:57 PM





I've been listening to and enjoying Broadsword this morning.  The new multi-disc set must surely be over egging the pudding though?  Anybody got it and can convince me otherwise?  8 discs for less than £70 does rather show Bob Dylan where to shove his 4 CDs for £170 new Budokan box....

Incidentally, was Bruce (Rowland) ever in Tull?  I swear there's a photo in this month's Prog that features him... Incidentally, Ian is both exceedingly complimentary, and a little rude, about Gerry....


I loved Broadsword when it first came out, but it has aged the least well of all Tull albums, imo. Would be interested to hear whether the latest remix has managed to mitigate all that parpy 80s keyboard.


You reckon A and Under Wraps have aged better - really?  I think what Broadsword has in its favour is that it balances the (then) modern with the 'traditional' Tull sound all wrapped up in a slightly more AORish sheen...that makes it sound hideous actually ;D
I suppose that would depend upon what you thought of them to start with!!  ;D


Indeed! I keep forgetting about Under Wraps, because I think I've listened to it about twice. It's not for me. A, I think, hangs on to a bit of the Stormwatch feel, so sounds a little less dated. Broadsword, for the record, is miles better than both of them, dated or not!


For me Broadsword was such a welcome return to melodic Tull with interesting arrangements and great playing and songs. I don't know about the boxset, maybe my listening has moved on, there is so much great new music explore.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 11, 2023, 07:38:58 AM



For me Broadsword was such a welcome return to melodic Tull with interesting arrangements and great playing and songs. I don't know about the boxset, maybe my listening has moved on, there is so much great new music explore.


I'm not sure I fully buy that.  I suppose it's a return after one album most people didn't warn to...A, but immediately prior to that you'd had the folk-rock (lazy shorthand - it's not that really, but...) trilogy of Songs, Heavy Horses, and Stormcock.


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Post by: Andy on September 11, 2023, 09:32:45 AM
Heavy Horses was my firm favourite of that era.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on September 11, 2023, 07:18:40 PM
I did buy the boxset, but have only listened through once so far.  I have to say that Broadsword has always been a Tull album I have gone back to - the first I bought, and for a long time the only one I owned.  I think the new mix is an improvement - but as I say, that is on only one listen so far, and all the extra songs sound better to me too than the previous release.

Since they recorded so many songs that didn't make the album then, they had to all be released on this one reall, or all the completists would be complaining.

The live set is good too, though assembled from about four concerts rather than just one as on some of the previous sets.

And I don't have a 5.1 system, so can't comment on the DVDs with that mix on them.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 13, 2023, 09:46:58 AM
John Martyn  :  On Air (Radio Bremen CD).


There are a lot of JM live CDs out there.   Thus is one of the best imo.  Rough and ready,  inspired, passionate. 1975, and he's at the top of his game.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Dan O. on September 13, 2023, 10:58:32 AM
Having a first listen to Fleetwood Mac's finally released new "historical" live album : "Rumours Live".

It's exceeding my expectations. A still-hungry Buckingham Nicks version of the Mac with just the 2 albums under their belt, captured live in August 1977, playing out of their skins.

My only question is why have the tapes for probably one of the best live albums I've ever heard been sat on and unreleased for such a long time ?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on September 13, 2023, 12:12:11 PM

 Has anyone heard music written and performed by an Anglican Bishop?

  https://andrewrumseymusic.bandcamp.com/album/evensongs

 "The eight songs on Andrew Rumsey’s Evensongs were recorded live on a single summer day in All Saints, Ham, a remote 12th century church in Wiltshire. Accompanied by guitarist David Perry and RealWorld Studios’ Bob Mackenzie, armed with a collection of vintage microphones, Rumsey set out to capture something of the magic of a country church in August – complete with bees, birdsong, and a whisper of wheezy organ. Evensongs is an imaginary congregation - singing of lost places, and their hope of return."

 I think if you like the airy melancholy folk of Heron or Jeremy Harmer you might like this  :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 13, 2023, 12:22:29 PM


 Has anyone heard music written and performed by an Anglican Bishop?

  https://andrewrumseymusic.bandcamp.com/album/evensongs

 "The eight songs on Andrew Rumsey’s Evensongs were recorded live on a single summer day in All Saints, Ham, a remote 12th century church in Wiltshire. Accompanied by guitarist David Perry and RealWorld Studios’ Bob Mackenzie, armed with a collection of vintage microphones, Rumsey set out to capture something of the magic of a country church in August – complete with bees, birdsong, and a whisper of wheezy organ. Evensongs is an imaginary congregation - singing of lost places, and their hope of return."

 I think if you like the airy melancholy folk of Heron or Jeremy Harmer you might like this  :)


Intriguing.  Sounds (well, looks) very interesting.  You read the book?  ps I had to look up where Ramsbury was.  pps boring true fact: my Uncle is a (very!) retired suffragan Anglican Bishop (Knaresborough).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on September 13, 2023, 01:11:30 PM

 I'm glad it intrigued you David  ;D

 I haven't read the book, but as a Christian with a profound interest in the 'spirit of place' I think it might be right up my street  :)

 I'd never really known what a 'Suffragan Bishop' was, so thank you for prompting me to find out  :D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 13, 2023, 02:11:53 PM


 I'm glad it intrigued you David  ;D

 I haven't read the book, but as a Christian with a profound interest in the 'spirit of place' I think it might be right up my street  :)

 I'd never really known what a 'Suffragan Bishop' was, so thank you for prompting me to find out  :D


Basically a Div 2 Bishop, an Assistant if you will...most dioceses have one or maybe two.

I've actually been engaging in conversation with AR this afternoon.  Funny old world where we can do that, isn't it?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 13, 2023, 02:28:54 PM
Boiled in Lead on the recommendation of a friend.  As far as I can tell there is only one mention of them on TAW and that was in 2006 by Tullist...which is kind of surprising given the palette from which they paint.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiled_in_Lead

Anyone know them?  Care to make any recommendations?  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on September 13, 2023, 03:47:23 PM
I had to search to find the one album I had by them, which was ‘Orb’. I do remember a sort of buzz about them at the time…kind of an American 3 Mustaphas 3 type of thing, but I never warmed to them. Maybe it was just my tastes at the time.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: wayne stote on September 13, 2023, 11:37:41 PM

Boiled in Lead on the recommendation of a friend.  As far as I can tell there is only one mention of them on TAW and that was in 2006 by Tullist...which is kind of surprising given the palette from which they paint.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiled_in_Lead

Anyone know them?  Care to make any recommendations?  


I've got three albums by them, my favourite being From The Ladle To The Grave, which essentially melds Celtic folk with it's Central & Eastern counterparts. The first two are more straight ahead folk-rock albeit with a punkish undercurrent. All three are worth a listen, I reckon.


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Post by: Sue & Chris on September 15, 2023, 04:26:42 PM
'Valley of Heart's Delight' by Margo Cilker. What a great album.


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Post by: ColinB on September 20, 2023, 08:10:21 PM
Seems there are some blues fans on the Ginger Feather FB group so I've put together a mix for next week with numbers from the likes of Memphis Minnie and John Lee Hooker to more recent stuff including a track from Edgar Winter's tribute album to his brother. Could make it a monthly thing if it proves popular.

If anyone can recommend any current blues singers & players please do as most of my blues collection is from the last century.  8)

Currently listening to Rory Gallagher's Irish Tour '74.


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Post by: RobertD on September 20, 2023, 11:16:43 PM

Seems there are some blues fans on the Ginger Feather FB group so I've put together a mix for next week with numbers from the likes of Memphis Minnie and John Lee Hooker to more recent stuff including a track from Edgar Winter's tribute album to his brother. Could make it a monthly thing if it proves popular.

If anyone can recommend any current blues singers & players please do as most of my blues collection is from the last century.  8)

Currently listening to Rory Gallagher's Irish Tour '74.



Jackie Venson
Christone ‘Kingfish Ingram
Jontavius Willis
Ally Venable


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on September 21, 2023, 10:35:35 AM


If anyone can recommend any current blues singers & players please do as most of my blues collection is from the last century.  8)


Jackie Venson
Christone ‘Kingfish Ingram
Jontavius Willis
Ally Venable



Thanks Robert, I'll check them out. I get Rock N Reel magazine which covers new blues releases so I'll look through the last couple of issues and see what I can find. I have an album by the Matt Woosey Band who are pretty good but that came out 10 years ago.


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Post by: RobertD on September 21, 2023, 12:22:04 PM



If anyone can recommend any current blues singers & players please do as most of my blues collection is from the last century.  8)


Jackie Venson
Christone ‘Kingfish Ingram
Jontavius Willis
Ally Venable




Thanks Robert, I'll check them out. I get Rock N Reel magazine which covers new blues releases so I'll look through the last couple of issues and see what I can find. I have an album by the Matt Woosey Band who are pretty good but that came out 10 years ago.



My pleasure. I’ve been a fan of Jackie’s for years now. She is phenomenal! She is fond of using the phrase ‘ the blues are the roots, everything else is the fruit’ to describe her bluesy blend, which is a good way to describe the other three I mentioned come to think of it. I’ve been fortunate to see some great masters of the blues over the years, but I’m glad its still going strong with the new generation


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Post by: ColinB on September 21, 2023, 03:08:00 PM

My pleasure. I’ve been a fan of Jackie’s for years now. She is phenomenal! She is fond of using the phrase ‘ the blues are the roots, everything else is the fruit’ to describe her bluesy blend, which is a good way to describe the other three I mentioned come to think of it. I’ve been fortunate to see some great masters of the blues over the years, but I’m glad its still going strong with the new generation


Likewise, I saw BB King and Buddy Guy on a few occasions and was at an excellent Clapton gig at the Albert Hall back in about 1990 with Buddy and Robert Cray but you need the next generation to pick up the baton and keep the music going. Same with folk music. It was great to see GNOSS at Towersey carrying on the folk tradition but with new instrumentation.

I've been listening to tracks by these three who had album reviews in the July/Aug RnR mag. I'd heard of MJB as he guested on Eric Bibb's Friends album and by coincidence I chose the song the two of them did for my blues mix which is now on my Mixcloud page.

Michael Jerome Browne - Gettin' Together
Lil Jimmy Reed & Ben Levin - Back to Baton Rouge
Grainne Duffy - Dirt Woman Blues


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: sliprigilio (Al) on September 21, 2023, 03:32:23 PM

Seems there are some blues fans on the Ginger Feather FB group so I've put together a mix for next week with numbers from the likes of Memphis Minnie and John Lee Hooker to more recent stuff including a track from Edgar Winter's tribute album to his brother. Could make it a monthly thing if it proves popular.

If anyone can recommend any current blues singers & players please do as most of my blues collection is from the last century.  8)

Currently listening to Rory Gallagher's Irish Tour '74.



Checkout Connor Selby.  He's young, he's English and he's fab...

Cheers,

Slippy


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on September 21, 2023, 05:26:21 PM
Work from home day with a nice cool breeze coming in, a perfect day for some Nick Drake, or in this case-The Endless Coloured Days Tribute album. I’m really enjoying this! Especially like Fontaines D.C’s Cello Song, john Parish & Aldous Harding’s ‘Three Hours’, Ben Harper’s ‘Time Has Told Me’, Kris Drever & Karine Polwart’s ‘ Northern Sky, AURORA’s ‘Pink Moon’ and Liz Phair’s ‘Free Ride’.

On vinyl with great artwork


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 22, 2023, 02:52:01 PM
The 'free' disc with the Nov issue of Uncut is an extract from the 'Oo mega box...

Well worth a gander... https://www.uncut.co.uk/features/pete-townshend-introduces-our-free-the-who-cd-143751/


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 22, 2023, 03:16:07 PM
The Breeders  : Last Splash  -30th anniversary edition  (2x45rpm LPs,  +12",  clear/coloured vinyl, 4AD, 2023).

Outside my usual era and area of interest, but  it's a nice package and I was  attracted by the fact it's mastered from original analogue tapes.  There are no actual **** bands/artists on 4AD to my knowledge but the label is a broad church.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on September 22, 2023, 03:30:43 PM
Beatrix Players Living And Alive - not a live album, though the title might give you that idea, but a new one that just came out.  Only Amy Birks of the original line-up, but she has recruited a bunch of new people, including John (brother of Steve) Hackett on flute.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on September 26, 2023, 01:58:50 PM

 The Coral - Sea of mirrors  :)

 I only 'got into' The Coral a few months ago via their previous 'Coral Island' album, which I thoroughly enjoyed, apart from the Stanley Unwin-esque narration.

 Two listens in and I'm smitten with this new one. It might end up rivalling Meg Baird's 'Furling' as my album of the year... :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Brendan on September 26, 2023, 06:01:55 PM
A varied selection today Roger Rodier - upon velveatur (good but doesn’t deserve the Lazy Nick Drake comparisons which sometimes get bandied around),  Buffy Sainte Marie - illuminations (the first time I have been able to appreciate her vocal which work well on these tracks), Sibylle Bauer - Colour Green ( a great acoustic gem, even though one or two tracks don’t sound finished), The Endless Coloured Ways - The Songs of Nick Drake ( a sacred cow to some but I would say there is enough variation and just the right amount of reverence to make it worth hearing and it’s already had a few replays) and finally a remastered 2 CD Uriah Heep - The Magician’s Birthday (bought to replace the vinyl reissue I had years ago and a really strong album not just for Blind Eye and Sweet Lorraine no matter how good those tracks stand up)!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 27, 2023, 09:05:34 AM
Mott the Hoople:  Wildlife and Mad Shadows (Island LP reissues, 2019).

Just about my favourites, I think.  Dudes was a good album too but of course, the band had reinvented themselves then.


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Post by: Nick Reg on September 27, 2023, 11:02:57 AM

Mott the Hoople:  Wildlife and Mad Shadows (Island LP reissues, 2019).

Just about my favourites, I think.  Dudes was a good album too but of course, the band had reinvented themselves then.

I'm a big Mott fan and Wildlife is far and away my favourite Mott album. Ian's trilogy is simply magnificent.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on September 27, 2023, 01:21:23 PM


Mott the Hoople:  Wildlife and Mad Shadows (Island LP reissues, 2019).

Just about my favourites, I think.  Dudes was a good album too but of course, the band had reinvented themselves then.

I'm a big Mott fan and Wildlife is far and away my favourite Mott album. Ian's trilogy is simply magnificent.


Yes I love Wildlife. Strange I recall  Ian saying he/the band didn't like it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on September 29, 2023, 02:09:04 PM
John and Jacqui Grenoble University 23rd January 1974

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVlF4l3m7MI


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on October 01, 2023, 04:13:12 PM
The recently remastered Andy Irvine & Paul Brady album with extensive notes by Gareth Murphy about the recording, the tracks and the legacy. Not sure where my previous copy went so this is an essential!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 01, 2023, 05:34:50 PM

The recently remastered Andy Irvine & Paul Brady album with extensive notes by Gareth Murphy about the recording, the tracks and the legacy. Not sure where my previous copy went so this is an essential!


The purple LP?  Very good reissue.   I never had the album before and was delighted to be able to buy it new.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on October 01, 2023, 05:53:16 PM
On a recommendation I sought out the debut album by Black Pumas, who I had never heard of prior to this. It really is good. Simple, soulful music, I love it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: RobertD on October 01, 2023, 07:32:28 PM


The recently remastered Andy Irvine & Paul Brady album with extensive notes by Gareth Murphy about the recording, the tracks and the legacy. Not sure where my previous copy went so this is an essential!


The purple LP?  Very good reissue.   I never had the album before and was delighted to be able to buy it new.


Correct, the purple album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on October 06, 2023, 10:08:26 PM
Roger Waters new version of DSOTM.
 I approached with some trepidation, but   I liked it
Different. Very different from the original and much more downbeat but well worth a listen


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 07, 2023, 04:32:09 PM
Ian McNabb - New Brighton Rock. Continuing his recent purple patch with another excellent album. I could do without the Foreigner cover but the rest is well up to par.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 07, 2023, 04:34:32 PM

Ian McNabb - New Brighton Rock. Continuing his recent purple patch with another excellent album. I could do without the Foreigner cover but the rest is well up to par.
 What is the cover?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 08, 2023, 09:42:07 AM

Ian McNabb - New Brighton Rock. Continuing his recent purple patch with another excellent album. I could do without the Foreigner cover but the rest is well up to par.


Still waiting for mine to arrive but I hope we get the long promised set of Fleetwood Mac covers next.

I am listening to Dig The Mountain!, the new album from the reformed Stornoway, a cause for huge celebration.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 08, 2023, 12:07:17 PM



I am listening to Dig The Mountain!, the new album from the reformed Stornoway, a cause for huge celebration.


Fab, isn't it...our signed one came the other day.  Supposed to be seeing them next weekend and then 2 weeks later but I'm still debating whether this is a sensible (Covid/other viral stuff) move or not...flying to Oz as I am 2 weeks/1 day later.  We'll see.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 09, 2023, 07:20:53 PM

What is the cover?


I Want to Know What Love Is. Slightly more bearable than the original but only just.


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Post by: Brendan on October 09, 2023, 08:06:50 PM


What is the cover?


I Want to Know What Love Is. Slightly more bearable than the original but only just.

There is a good version by Ann Peebles, though I heard her do a session around the release of the Brand New Classics album I liked it even more.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 10, 2023, 07:46:40 AM


What is the cover?


I Want to Know What Love Is. Slightly more bearable than the original but only just.


Yikes...there are some good Foreigner songs out there...that ain't one of them.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 10, 2023, 05:08:14 PM
Lolling around recovering from Covid, theres plenty of time for listening

American Spring
Al Stewart - Love Chronicles and Past Present & Future
Gaz Brookfield - Morning Walking Club
Wilco - Cousin
Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter & The Artful Dodger
Drive BY Truckers - An American Band
Teenage Fanclub - Nothing Lasts Forever


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 11, 2023, 12:52:26 PM
Just listened to/watched Bob and The Heartbreakers playing Farm Aid 2023, with Bob on electric guitar throughout. Fabulous. Maggies Farm, Positively 4th Street and Ballad of a Thin Man. Mike Campbell and , particularly, Benmont Tench are just perfect.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 11, 2023, 05:17:18 PM

Lolling around recovering from Covid, theres plenty of time for listening

American Spring
Al Stewart - Love Chronicles and Past Present & Future
Gaz Brookfield - Morning Walking Club
Wilco - Cousin
Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter & The Artful Dodger
Drive BY Truckers - An American Band
Teenage Fanclub - Nothing Lasts Forever


Love Chronicles is my least played Al Stewart album.  Not sure why, maybe just too autobiographical.  Orange must be my most played AS album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 11, 2023, 06:02:47 PM


Lolling around recovering from Covid, theres plenty of time for listening

American Spring
Al Stewart - Love Chronicles and Past Present & Future
Gaz Brookfield - Morning Walking Club
Wilco - Cousin
Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter & The Artful Dodger
Drive BY Truckers - An American Band
Teenage Fanclub - Nothing Lasts Forever


Love Chronicles is my least played Al Stewart album.  Not sure why, maybe just too autobiographical.  Orange must be my most played AS album.
As, in those days, my collection was much smaller than it is now I used to play favourite albums a lot more frequently than now. Love Chronicles was probably my second most played album ever, after Eclection. Other notables were Surrealistic Pillow, Whos Next, WWDOOH, Ogdens, Skull & Crossbones, Cosmos Factory, forever Changes, Astral Weeks.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Col D on October 13, 2023, 04:34:24 PM
The Sadies - Colder Streams. They never made much of an impression on me back in the day but seem to have become one of those rare bands that gets better and better with time. 25 years on from their debut they've made what is without doubt their best album so far, highlight of the year so far for me I think.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 14, 2023, 09:53:22 AM



Lolling around recovering from Covid, theres plenty of time for listening

American Spring
Al Stewart - Love Chronicles and Past Present & Future
Gaz Brookfield - Morning Walking Club
Wilco - Cousin
Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter & The Artful Dodger
Drive BY Truckers - An American Band
Teenage Fanclub - Nothing Lasts Forever


Love Chronicles is my least played Al Stewart album.  Not sure why, maybe just too autobiographical.  Orange must be my most played AS album.
As, in those days, my collection was much smaller than it is now I used to play favourite albums a lot more frequently than now. Love Chronicles was probably my second most played album ever, after Eclection. Other notables were Surrealistic Pillow, Whos Next, WWDOOH, Ogdens, Skull & Crossbones, Cosmos Factory, forever Changes, Astral Weeks.


Yes I remember those days of a smaller record collection- I knew them all so well 😊


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 14, 2023, 09:56:55 AM
Robert Wyatt  and friends  :  Live at th  Theatre Royal Drury  Lane , September  8th, 1974  (Ryko CD, 2005).

Although this is stitched together from rather imperfect  tapes, this is a great live album with moments of passion,  fire, and humour.  The young Mike Oldfield plays guitar.


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Post by: Nick Reg on October 14, 2023, 11:24:18 AM
Hummingbird - Tougher than Love
Pete Admin - Secret Drinker
Reg Meuross - Stolen From God


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Post by: Andy on October 14, 2023, 12:30:58 PM

Reg Meuross - Stolen From God


Excellent, isn't it!


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Post by: Nick Reg on October 14, 2023, 03:17:17 PM


Reg Meuross - Stolen From God


Excellent, isn't it!
Brilliant, mind you I'm a big fan anyway.Of course I meant Pete Atkin not Admin!!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on October 14, 2023, 08:14:40 PM
DSOTM 50th anniversary bluray. The 5.1 mix. Stunning.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 16, 2023, 09:04:11 AM
Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 16, 2023, 09:20:25 AM

Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I know several people who if forced to pick one Canterbury scene album would head for H&tN.  It wasn't instant for me, but I do love them now.  Khan is a good 'un too.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 16, 2023, 02:55:58 PM


Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I know several people who if forced to pick one Canterbury scene album would head for H&tN.  It wasn't instant for me, but I do love them now.  Khan is a good 'un too.


I like them both but Hatfields   definitely has the edge.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on October 16, 2023, 07:43:07 PM

Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I've grown to really appreciate Caravan, they released some cracking albums which are full of wonderful music. Hatfield I'm learning to love, not there yet.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 17, 2023, 09:50:32 AM


Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I've grown to really appreciate Caravan, they released some cracking albums which are full of wonderful music. Hatfield I'm learning to love, not there yet.



I only have Internet the Land of Grey and Pink  (CD), which I quite like.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 17, 2023, 09:52:13 AM


Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I've grown to really appreciate Caravan, they released some cracking albums which are full of wonderful music. Hatfield I'm learning to love, not there yet.



I only have Internet the Land of Grey and Pink  (CD), which I quite like.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 17, 2023, 09:56:15 AM



Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I've grown to really appreciate Caravan, they released some cracking albums which are full of wonderful music. Hatfield I'm learning to love, not there yet.



I only have Internet the Land of Grey and Pink  (CD), which I quite like.


The first 7 are all strong (with 2 and 3 fighting for supremacy)...after that it is patchy > very patchy.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 18, 2023, 09:14:48 AM




Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I've grown to really appreciate Caravan, they released some cracking albums which are full of wonderful music. Hatfield I'm learning to love, not there yet.



I only have  the Land of Grey and Pink  (CD), which I quite like.


The first 7 are all strong (with 2 and 3 fighting for supremacy)...after that it is patchy > very patchy.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 18, 2023, 09:16:39 AM





Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I've grown to really appreciate Caravan, they released some cracking albums which are full of wonderful music. Hatfield I'm learning to love, not there yet.



I only have  the Land of Grey and Pink  (CD), which I quite like.


The first 7 are all strong (with 2 and 3 fighting for supremacy)...after that it is patchy > very patchy.



Which would you say is their best, David-  if it's possible to do so of course.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: StephenB on October 18, 2023, 10:08:48 AM
I would go for 2,3 and 4 (Land of Grey and Pink by a country mile, with Plump in the Night and Waterloo Lily second equal). IMHO....


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 18, 2023, 10:09:04 AM






Hatfield and the North:  Hatfield and the North (Virgin CD).

KHAN :  Space  Shanty  (Eclectic  CD, 2002).



 Two Canterbury related albums in an evening, and I confess i got tired half way through Space Shanty and went to bed.  I'm not wild about all Canterbury music- only Soft Machine and Wyatt and Kevin Ayers,   but both these CDs  have been experimental buys which I've never completely given up on.  



I've grown to really appreciate Caravan, they released some cracking albums which are full of wonderful music. Hatfield I'm learning to love, not there yet.



I only have  the Land of Grey and Pink  (CD), which I quite like.


The first 7 are all strong (with 2 and 3 fighting for supremacy)...after that it is patchy > very patchy.



Which would you say is their best, David-  if it's possible to do so of course.


Albums 2 and 3 (as above).  My default is LoGaP but sometimes I think IICDIAOAIDIOY hits an even sweeter spot...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on October 18, 2023, 10:25:20 AM
With the death of Carla Bley at 87 from brain cancer, the world has lost a truly great jazz musician.

Although Escalator Over The Hill is probably her best known work, her collaboration with Nick Mason on his 1979 album Fictitious Sports was my first exposure to her unique style and I've been listening to it today.

https://youtu.be/RZQL8oowe3A?si=bkaKTo0IA4xPM4Lr


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on October 18, 2023, 11:20:01 AM
That is sad news, but in a "thumbs sideways" way, in that I'd never heard Fictitious Sports, but now I have, I shall have to investigate further...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on October 19, 2023, 11:04:35 AM

 Having a listening morning today...

 Ghosts of Jupiter - keepers of the newborn green.  Melodic Folk/Psych/Prog/Pop etc  ;D

  https://ghostsofjupiter.bandcamp.com/track/the-undertaking

 Buck Curran - Immortal light. Not dissimilar to the folkier and more accessible side of Six organs of admittance (I realise I'm talking to a niche audience here....)

 https://obsoleterecordings.bandcamp.com/track/wayfaring-summer-reprise


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 19, 2023, 11:44:39 AM


 Having a listening morning today...

 Ghosts of Jupiter - keepers of the newborn green.  Melodic Folk/Psych/Prog/Pop etc  ;D

  https://ghostsofjupiter.bandcamp.com/track/the-undertaking

 Buck Curran - Immortal light. Not dissimilar to the folkier and more accessible side of Six organs of admittance (I realise I'm talking to a niche audience here....)

 https://obsoleterecordings.bandcamp.com/track/wayfaring-summer-reprise


I hear you  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Ian_ on October 19, 2023, 12:46:51 PM

  ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 20, 2023, 10:02:15 AM
Slapp Happy  :  Sort Of  ( Week End LP,  2023).


Another adventure into Canterbury- land, and a slightly expensive one.  This has been remastered very well from the 1973 release. It's a slow burner, but bits of it are a delight- makes me smile, which can't be bad.  I've always liked Dalmar  Krause's voice.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 20, 2023, 10:22:01 AM

Slapp Happy  :  Sort Of  ( Week End LP,  2023).


Another adventure into Canterbury- land, and a slightly expensive one.  This has been remastered very well from the 1973 release. It's a slow burner, but bits of it are a delight- makes me smile, which can't be bad.  I've always liked Dalmar  Krause's voice.


I love Slapp Happy including their collaborations with Henry Cow.  Dagmar is very marmite but I'm a fan..


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Post by: Andy on October 20, 2023, 11:23:00 AM
Hackney Diamonds - quite good for 80-year-olds!


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Post by: Will S on October 20, 2023, 11:45:55 AM

Hackney Diamonds - quite good for 80-year-olds!


Damned with faint praise?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 20, 2023, 12:12:50 PM


Hackney Diamonds - quite good for 80-year-olds!


Damned with faint praise?


I think it's as good an album as they've put together since the 70s.  I guess the next question is how one contextualises what that actually means.  It's obviously meant to be the last album (Rolling Stone Blues final track etc.).  Rock'n'Roll is definitely on borrowed time!


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 20, 2023, 04:40:24 PM



Hackney Diamonds - quite good for 80-year-olds!


Damned with faint praise?


I think it's as good an album as they've put together since the 70s.  I guess the next question is how one contextualises what that actually means.  It's obviously meant to be the last album (Rolling Stone Blues final track etc.).  Rock'n'Roll is definitely on borrowed time!


My first reaction was that it is pretty solid. My second reaction was that it contains nothing to rival Tumbling Dice. My third reaction was that the streamed version that I was listening to was horribly brickwalled and compressed and painful to listen to.

All of which means I don't really know what I think. As enjoyable as it may be, am I ever going to reach for it ahead of Sticky Fingers?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on October 20, 2023, 06:17:28 PM


Hackney Diamonds - quite good for 80-year-olds!


Damned with faint praise?


Not at all, it's their best for years.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 20, 2023, 06:38:37 PM
Its good. Not as as good as Sticky Fingers or Exile but good all the same.


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Post by: davidmjs on October 20, 2023, 06:44:28 PM

Its good. Not as as good as Sticky Fingers or Exile but good all the same.


The idea that it was ever going to be, could ever be, is preposterous.  But, and I've now listened 3 times...it's a lot of fun and really pretty damned good.  I'd say the best, certainly the most consistent - there's no horrors on there - since GHS.  So, that's half a century  ;) ;D


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 20, 2023, 09:05:26 PM


Its good. Not as as good as Sticky Fingers or Exile but good all the same.


The idea that it was ever going to be, could ever be, is preposterous.  But, and I've now listened 3 times...it's a lot of fun and really pretty damned good.  I'd say the best, certainly the most consistent - there's no horrors on there - since GHS.  So, that's half a century  ;) ;D


Interesting that you should say that. I am by no means a Stone's completest. I have the key albums up to Exile and a couple of subsequent ones (Some Girls and Steel Wheels). I was wondering today whether I should pick up some combination of Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock n Roll, Black n Blue and/or Tattoo You. Incidentally I don't think the new one is as good as Some Girls, notwithstanding the lyrical problems with the latter.


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Post by: davidmjs on October 20, 2023, 09:08:03 PM



Its good. Not as as good as Sticky Fingers or Exile but good all the same.


The idea that it was ever going to be, could ever be, is preposterous.  But, and I've now listened 3 times...it's a lot of fun and really pretty damned good.  I'd say the best, certainly the most consistent - there's no horrors on there - since GHS.  So, that's half a century  ;) ;D


Interesting that you should say that. I am by no means a Stone's completest. I have the key albums up to Exile and a couple of subsequent ones (Some Girls and Steel Wheels). I was wondering today whether I should pick up some combination of Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock n Roll, Black n Blue and/or Tattoo You. Incidentally I don't think the new one is as good as Some Girls, notwithstanding the lyrical problems with the latter.


What's 5 years in half a century between friends?  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on October 20, 2023, 09:36:12 PM
It's only rock n roll...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on October 20, 2023, 10:52:45 PM
To trouble the glory years you'd have to reinstate Mr Taylor , and that ship has long since sailed , half a century ago
So let's enjoy the new album as others have suggested alongside "Some Girls" and not some of the ho-hum stuff since


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Post by: Alan2 on October 21, 2023, 09:26:41 AM




Hackney Diamonds - quite good for 80-year-olds!


Damned with faint praise?


I think it's as good an album as they've put together since the 70s.  I guess the next question is how one contextualises what that actually means.  It's obviously meant to be the last album (Rolling Stone Blues final track etc.).  Rock'n'Roll is definitely on borrowed time!


My first reaction was that it is pretty solid. My second reaction was that it contains nothing to rival Tumbling Dice. My third reaction was that the streamed version that I was listening to was horribly brickwalled and compressed and painful to listen to.

All of which means I don't really know what I think. As enjoyable as it may be, am I ever going to reach for it ahead of Sticky Fingers?


The last Stones album I heard was Goat's Head Soup, so my opinion of the new one wouldn't be very reliable.
I don't like brickwalling either-  it's almost guaranteed to ruin a good album.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on October 21, 2023, 10:43:09 AM
Given that I use hearing aids anyhow, my opinion may be less valuable than some, but the actual CD doesn't seem to have the brickwalling problem the online videos do.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 21, 2023, 11:21:01 AM

Given that I use hearing aids anyhow, my opinion may be less valuable than some, but the actual CD doesn't seem to have the brickwalling problem the online videos do.

That is what I am hoping. I have constant tinnitus so these things don't usually bother me because I am not hearing pure sound anyway but I was listening ina high definition/resolution streaming service and it was really bad and fatiguing to listen to.


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Post by: bassline (Mike) on October 21, 2023, 05:51:07 PM

Hackney Diamonds - quite good for 80-year-olds!


I found it a bit confusing reading the following posts as I was unaware that this is the title of the new Stones album and not a band.
I'm all up to speed now.
My mom is, apparently, rather fond of the new record..she's more hip to what's happening than me, bless her.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 22, 2023, 01:51:32 PM
The Mary Wallopers. Struggling to see what all the fuss is about, although I imagine that they could be interesting live, especially after a few snifters.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 23, 2023, 08:59:30 AM
Fairport Convention  :  What we Did on Our Holidays  ( Island reissue  LP, 2023).

I think I'm learning a lesson about Island/UMC  reissues.  The mastering is mediocre  and the pressing could be better,  on this one.  This is just about my favourite  Fairport album,  and I was hoping for a clean, playable vinyl copy.
Reissuing and remastering of vintage albums like this is only really worthwhile if some care has gone into the exercise,  and this doesn't  evidence that care. It's just listenable,  because I'm so familiar with the album, having listened to it in some form since about 1975.  There are no revelations here.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 23, 2023, 09:37:02 AM

Fairport Convention  :  What we Did on Our Holidays  ( Island reissue  LP, 2023).

I think I'm learning a lesson about Island/UMC  reissues.  The mastering is mediocre  and the pressing could be better,  on this one.  This is just about my favourite  Fairport album,  and I was hoping for a clean, playable vinyl copy.
Reissuing and remastering of vintage albums like this is only really worthwhile if some care has gone into the exercise,  and this doesn't  evidence that care. It's just listenable,  because I'm so familiar with the album, having listened to it in some form since about 1975.  There are no revelations here.


I'd argue that the true revelation is the vinyl bubble has well and truly burst in people's faces and large sums of money are now being spent on well below sub-standard pressings.  Did you see the pictures of that big Prince box set released the other week?  Hundred of pounds, and the heavy vinyl supplied in cheap as chips liners that had virtually all split.  

I've almost entirely stopped buying (certainly new) vinyl now and I know others who are in a similar situation.  It's almost literally throwing money away.  I've spent the last 2 or 3 years falling in love with CDs again.  So much value to be had (both in the second hand market and in big 'archival' releases) at the moment... and they, obviously, for all the affection for vinyl which even I hold to some extent, sound so much better as well...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 23, 2023, 10:26:59 AM



Fairport Convention  :  What we Did on Our Holidays  ( Island reissue  LP, 2023).

I think I'm learning a lesson about Island/UMC  reissues.  The mastering is mediocre  and the pressing could be better,  on this one.  This is just about my favourite  Fairport album,  and I was hoping for a clean, playable vinyl copy.
Reissuing and remastering of vintage albums like this is only really worthwhile if some care has gone into the exercise,  and this doesn't  evidence that care. It's just listenable,  because I'm so familiar with the album, having listened to it in some form since about 1975.  There are no revelations here.


I'd argue that the true revelation is the vinyl bubble has well and truly burst in people's faces and large sums of money are now being spent on well below sub-standard pressings.  Did you see the pictures of that big Prince box set released the other week?  Hundred of pounds, and the heavy vinyl supplied in cheap as chips liners that had virtually all split.  

I've almost entirely stopped buying (certainly new) vinyl now and I know others who are in a similar situation.  It's almost literally throwing money away.  I've spent the last 2 or 3 years falling in love with CDs again.  So much value to be had (both in the second hand market and in big 'archival' releases) at the moment... and they, obviously, for all the affection for vinyl which even I hold to some extent, sound so much better as well...



I know what you're saying, but I'm still loyal to the vinyl format. Sure, I still complain when I get something of poor quality,  and will control add my voice to those of other audiophiles who do so.  But I have to say I've had some amazing reissues and remasters from companies who have taken the trouble to find the best source preferably original masters, and treated them with care. The Trees boxed set is a case in point-  that really is revelatory, and I've had several versions of those albums, on vinyl and CD.  Earth Records have also done great things with the Bert Jansch back catalogue.   So there is good stuff to be had in the way of reissues on LP.  But of course I maintain  very good vinyl front end on my system- which I only talk about on the Hoffman Forum  :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: MarkV on October 23, 2023, 11:00:07 AM
Picking up CD's at the local charity shops is beginning to cause a little friction at home as I apparently already have enough.  


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Post by: Nick Reg on October 23, 2023, 01:08:20 PM

Picking up CD's at the local charity shops is beginning to cause a little friction at home as I apparently already have enough.  



They are 5 for a quid in a lot of places locally. I even saw the latest Paul Simon!!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on October 23, 2023, 01:43:35 PM


Picking up CD's at the local charity shops is beginning to cause a little friction at home as I apparently already have enough.  



They are 5 for a quid in a lot of places locally. I even saw the latest Paul Simon!!


The key thing is to locate a music monthly reviewer and then find out what charities they support.  It's a breeze once you've got that all ironed out...


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Post by: Andy on October 23, 2023, 02:32:54 PM

They are 5 for a quid in a lot of places locally. I even saw the latest Paul Simon!!


Deffo overpriced for PS's last album. IMHO, of course.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on October 23, 2023, 03:04:12 PM

Picking up CD's at the local charity shops is beginning to cause a little friction at home as I apparently already have enough.  



I believe that may have been said in this house too (not by me, of course!).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on October 23, 2023, 03:24:51 PM


They are 5 for a quid in a lot of places locally. I even saw the latest Paul Simon!!


Deffo overpriced for PS's last album. IMHO, of course.


And mine , and I am a big fan!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: ColinB on October 23, 2023, 03:53:32 PM
Having a Queen day and I'm up to News of the World with a slight detour with the At The Beeb release from '89. That is one of the rare times where I can remember where I bought the album. I was living in Muswell Hill and found that cd at a little record shop on Fortis Green Road.

This was back in the days when Fairport was just a name I'd read about. It was to be a couple of years later that a friend included Matty Groves and Sir Patrick Spence on a mix tape.


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Post by: Shankly (Peter) on October 23, 2023, 04:56:05 PM


Picking up CD's at the local charity shops is beginning to cause a little friction at home as I apparently already have enough.  



I believe that may have been said in this house too (not by me, of course!).


Is there such a thing as enough music?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on October 24, 2023, 03:17:46 PM

The Mary Wallopers. Struggling to see what all the fuss is about, although I imagine that they could be interesting live, especially after a few snifters.


I saw them in summer, supporting the mighty Saw Doctors.  They were ok, nothing more, quite enthusiastic.  Probably better server in a small venue rather than an 8000 capacity outdoor arena.  I hadn't realised there is a fuss about them.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: StephenB on October 24, 2023, 04:46:59 PM
Not for me, but for just as much Paddy but less whackery, I'm thoroughly enjoying the oddly titled "the d between the r and the l" by A Lazarus Soul.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: quodlibet (Ian) on October 28, 2023, 06:29:15 PM
Grateful Dead - Zenith, Paris 28/10/90 from "30 Trips Around The Sun". Thirty three years on since my last Dead show.  Still good. :)



Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on October 29, 2023, 11:00:54 AM
Order of the 12:  Lore of the Land  (Group Mind LP, 2022).

Still sounding good.  


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Post by: Alan2 on October 30, 2023, 09:08:47 AM
Third Ear Band :  Alchemy  (Esoteric Records LP,  2019).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on October 31, 2023, 09:55:08 AM
"One World" John Martyn
Finally bought the 2 disc version , with alternate takes, for a reasonable sum off ebay , arrived yesterday
Trouble is I've avoided the 2 disc all these years knowing how good the one disc is as a standalone album...


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Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on October 31, 2023, 10:07:17 AM
Grateful Dead “Wake of the Flood” 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.

Extremely clear remastering, but I can still hear Donna Godchaux 😂


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Post by: Alan2 on October 31, 2023, 02:17:02 PM

"One World" John Martyn
Finally bought the 2 disc version , with alternate takes, for a reasonable sum off ebay , arrived yesterday
Trouble is I've avoided the 2 disc all these years knowing how good the one disc is as a standalone album...



A great JM album.   There's also a sort of 'artist's cut'  double CD on  One World label which is interesting.  It's called Another World.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: blagden on October 31, 2023, 04:28:36 PM


"One World" John Martyn
Finally bought the 2 disc version , with alternate takes, for a reasonable sum off ebay , arrived yesterday
Trouble is I've avoided the 2 disc all these years knowing how good the one disc is as a standalone album...



A great JM album.   There's also a sort of 'artist's cut'  double CD on  One World label which is interesting.  It's called Another World.


I have the American version which has completely different mixes.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 01, 2023, 09:13:11 AM



"One World" John Martyn
Finally bought the 2 disc version , with alternate takes, for a reasonable sum off ebay , arrived yesterday
Trouble is I've avoided the 2 disc all these years knowing how good the one disc is as a standalone album...



A great JM album.   There's also a sort of 'artist's cut'  double CD on  One World label which is interesting.  It's called Another World.


I have the American version which has completely different mixes.


Yes I've heard of that one-  never heard it.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on November 02, 2023, 02:05:41 PM
Are we all poised to listen to Now & then?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Jim on November 02, 2023, 02:14:34 PM
Not overly impressed, I wasn’t particularly impressed by real love and free as a bird.
It’s a bit mawkish like the other two but John could err on the mawkish side
I’ll see if it grows on me because it’s never going to be off the air for a while, after all the hype surrounding it.
Peace and love


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Tasha on November 02, 2023, 02:46:47 PM

Not overly impressed, I wasn’t particularly impressed by real love and free as a bird.
It’s a bit mawkish like the other two but John could err on the mawkish side
I’ll see if it grows on me because it’s never going to be off the air for a while, after all the hype surrounding it.
Peace and love

yes its of its time really...As in where John was then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW55J2zE3N4 if anyone wants to catch it?


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Amethyst (Jenny) on November 02, 2023, 03:41:00 PM
Having watched the video about it on the One Show last night it has more meaning, its history is fascinating for anyone that remembers the announcement on the radio when John was murdered in 1980.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Nick Reg on November 02, 2023, 03:41:06 PM
Really enjoyed the documentary on last night's One Show but the single is nothing special.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on November 02, 2023, 05:27:00 PM
It's OK...


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Post by: Nick Reg on November 02, 2023, 10:40:41 PM

It's OK...


I think that about sums it up. I dont think it would have been an A side in normal times. In fact I'm sure it wouldn't.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Peter Allen on November 03, 2023, 11:02:15 AM
Just sounds like what it is , surely there was a better Lennon leftover than this , no wonder the others had little enthusiasm for working on it

Would you play it much if it was on a repackaged bonus disc of Abbey Road leftovers , probably not


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Post by: Jim on November 03, 2023, 10:10:26 PM
Just watched the video, that brought a lump to my throat🥲
It’s a very decent video


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Post by: Amethyst (Jenny) on November 03, 2023, 10:53:50 PM

Just watched the video, that brought a lump to my throat🥲
It’s a very decent video


Agreed Jim.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: GubGub (Al) on November 04, 2023, 03:53:52 PM
Today I have received two singles/EPs from sixties icons whose band members are no longer with us.

And the winner is... Micky Dolenz singing Radio Free Europe, which is really quite remarkable.

The Beatles single will grow on me I think but it is badly mixed which does not help its cause.


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Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on November 04, 2023, 07:53:15 PM

Just watched the video, that brought a lump to my throat🥲
It’s a very decent video


Just seen the video and the song then finally made sense. I'm going to say thank you to the Beatles for leaving me with so many songs and stories and this one is a good way of ending the collaboration of John, Paul, George and Ringo on an original song. I know George had reservations but maybe he is nodding in accord to what has finally been achieved with this song. This has moved me which is alll you can ask of music.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on November 05, 2023, 05:35:56 PM
A splendid new album by up and coming singer-songwriter Tony Winn. #spoiler - I’m on it. Still, don’t take just my word for it… https://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/reviews/TonyWinn/
Beware of earworms!


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Will S on November 06, 2023, 11:04:22 AM
Disco Lasers by Ebony Buckle - I saw her supporting Lifesigns recently and really enjoyed her songs (she was also one of the backing singers for Solstice at Cropredy this year), and finally got around to purchasing the album.  Rather splendid - a bit Kate Bush-y, I suppose. Definitely worth checking out.


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Post by: Paul B on November 06, 2023, 05:32:44 PM
Taj Mahal:eponymous album -great playing, one of best albums of 1960's I think


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 11, 2023, 11:26:51 AM
Spriguns of Tolgus   :   Jack With a Feather  (Guerssen  LP, 2023).


Nice reissue of their 1975 album.   Folk rock and electric folk were still relatively new.  This is reminiscent of early Steeleye.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: PaulT on November 14, 2023, 05:26:22 PM
"Bach Coltrane" by Raphael Imbert et al (outhere music/alpha-classics) - saxes, bass clarinet, organ, percussion, double bass & string quartet in a number of combinations - rather beautiful - a little like Jan Garbaerk's albums with the Hilliard Ensemble, but with only a couple of vocal tracks.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: mickf on November 17, 2023, 11:48:56 AM
Thea Gilmore's latest offering, called 'Thea Gilmore'. I suppose that means her brief flirtation with a name change has come to an end. I'm a huge fan of hers, so I was looking forward to this immensely. It doesn't disappoint - she has gone through a lot of personal stuff in the past few years and, like the very raw 'Afterlife' album, she has drawn on that for many of the songs on this album. However, it is a very optimistic collection of songs. On first listen, it's difficult to come up with a favourite, but the previously released 'She Speaks in Colours' is a beautiful song. Looking forward to playing it again (and again.)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 18, 2023, 01:04:48 PM
Carla Fuchs:  Songbird  (Talking  Elephant  CD,  2023).

Good but not as good, on first listen,  as Thea Gilmore's album of lost Sandy songs.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 18, 2023, 01:53:14 PM

Carla Fuchs:  Songbird  (Talking  Elephant  CD,  2023).

Good but not as good, on first listen,  as Thea Gilmore's album of lost Sandy songs.


This is my opinion too...but for whatever reason Georgia (and I know lots of others) seem to disagree.  From what I understand from a third party with some knowledge of all parties, TG and Georgia fell out big time at some point so she doesn't even really acknowledge its existence any more...


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 20, 2023, 08:31:26 AM


Carla Fuchs:  Songbird  (Talking  Elephant  CD,  2023).

Good but not as good, on first listen,  as Thea Gilmore's album of lost Sandy songs.


This is my opinion too...but for whatever reason Georgia (and I know lots of others) seem to disagree.  From what I understand from a third party with some knowledge of all parties, TG and Georgia fell out big time at some point so she doesn't even really acknowledge its existence any more...


Strange- I didn't know about that.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 20, 2023, 08:33:51 AM
Carolanne  Pegg :   Carolanne  (Esoteric CD,  2017).

CP has a rather quirky  voice, but the material - all but one track her own compositions- and the playing are very good.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 22, 2023, 08:20:28 AM
Smoke Fairies  :   Carried in Sound  (Year  Seven  LP,   orange  vinyl, 2023).


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: DarrenWilliams on November 22, 2023, 09:49:52 AM

Carolanne  Pegg :   Carolanne  (Esoteric CD,  2017).

CP has a rather quirky  voice, but the material - all but one track her own compositions- and the playing are very good.


Really like this album, but its been a few years since I listened to it. Witches Guide to the Underground is the standout track for me.

I've just been listening to the new single by Harp (Tim Smith, ex-Midlake). New album 'Albion' out early December which should be a good one given the tracks released so far.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on November 24, 2023, 10:14:11 AM
It's his 80th today so lots of Robin Williamson :)


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Alan2 on November 25, 2023, 08:46:16 AM

It's his 80th today so lots of Robin Williamson :)


Yes!
80 seems like a respectable age these days. I hope i can get there in reasonable shape.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on December 01, 2023, 09:15:45 AM
(Julianne) Regan & (Tim) Bricheno - In the Bleak Midwinter/The Snows they Melt the Soonest

The return of All About Eve's original dynamic duo.  Most welcome (and very lovely)

https://reganbricheno.bandcamp.com/album/winter-2023


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: Andy on December 01, 2023, 11:43:08 AM
John Lennon.

Some great songs, some not so great.

The 43rd anniversary of his passing is just a week away.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 01, 2023, 12:15:22 PM
Pentangle:  Reunions  (4CD boxed set, Cherry Tree,  2023).


This was worth getting for the 2 discs of material i don't  already have.  The BBC disc sounds very good. I've got bits of these recordings somewhere in my cassette collection, but it's nice to have them pulled together here.  The live stuff from Italy which comprises disc 2 sounds more like a decent bootleg, but is very enjoyable for all that. I don't know if it's something about Italians, bit they're a very enthusiastic audience here, to the point where I think John has to tell them to shush.
The booklet essay by Mick Houghton is very good too.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: bassline (Mike) on December 01, 2023, 12:21:49 PM

(Julianne) Regan & (Tim) Bricheno - In the Bleak Midwinter/The Snows they Melt the Soonest

The return of All About Eve's original dynamic duo.  Most welcome (and very lovely)

https://reganbricheno.bandcamp.com/album/winter-2023


Very most welcome. Thanks for the tip.


Title: Re: Listening to.......
Post by: davidmjs on December 01, 2023, 01:11:41 PM

Pentangle:  Reunions  (4CD boxed set, Cherry Tree,  2023).


This was worth getting for the 2 discs of material i don't  already have.  The BBC disc sounds very good. I've got bits of these recordings somewhere in my cassette collection, but it's nice to have them pulled together here.  The live stuff from Italy which comprises disc 2 sounds more like a decent bootleg, but is very enjoyable for all that. I don't know if it's something about Italians, bit they're a very enthusiastic audience here, to the point where I think John has to tell them to shush.
The booklet essay by Mick Houghton is very good too.


It's on my Xmas list.


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Post by: Dan O. on December 01, 2023, 02:45:46 PM

(Julianne) Regan & (Tim) Bricheno - In the Bleak Midwinter/The Snows they Melt the Soonest

The return of All About Eve's original dynamic duo.  Most welcome (and very lovely)

https://reganbricheno.bandcamp.com/album/winter-2023

A very welcome return, shame the result is so dull (on first listen anyway, happy to give it another go and maybe change my mind).


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Post by: Alan2 on December 01, 2023, 04:10:33 PM


Pentangle:  Reunions  (4CD boxed set, Cherry Tree,  2023).


This was worth getting for the 2 discs of material i don't  already have.  The BBC disc sounds very good. I've got bits of these recordings somewhere in my cassette collection, but it's nice to have them pulled together here.  The live stuff from Italy which comprises disc 2 sounds more like a decent bootleg, but is very enjoyable for all that. I don't know if it's something about Italians, bit they're a very enthusiastic audience here, to the point where I think John has to tell them to shush.
The booklet essay by Mick Houghton is very good too.


It's on my Xmas list.


Hope you enjoy


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Post by: davidmjs on December 01, 2023, 04:41:09 PM


(Julianne) Regan & (Tim) Bricheno - In the Bleak Midwinter/The Snows they Melt the Soonest

The return of All About Eve's original dynamic duo.  Most welcome (and very lovely)

https://reganbricheno.bandcamp.com/album/winter-2023

A very welcome return, shame the result is so dull (on first listen anyway, happy to give it another go and maybe change my mind).


 :o :( You think?  I absolutely love it...


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 01, 2023, 08:04:26 PM
Today, various mixes of Peter Gabriel's i/o, a good but not great album to me after initial listens.

Bits and pieces of the Who's Next box which is an embarrassment of riches once it was sensibly priced.

The new Madness album, once again good but not great.

And some Richard Hawley.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 02, 2023, 09:30:33 AM
Nic Jones : The Noah's Ark Trap ( Highway Records  LP, year unknown).

The only thing wrong about this album is it hasn't been available for decades,  like  most of NJ's  catalogue.  We get plenty if reissues of Penguin Eggs and nowt  else.


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Post by: GubGub (Al) on December 02, 2023, 10:07:17 AM
Simplicity by Matt Berry and Sooner After Solstice , the new album by A Winter Union. Bit early for the latter but I wanted to hear it. I will now put it away for a couple of weeks.


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Post by: davidmjs on December 02, 2023, 11:30:49 AM

Nic Jones : The Noah's Ark Trap ( Highway Records  LP, year unknown).

The only thing wrong about this album is it hasn't been available for decades,  like  most of NJ's  catalogue.  We get plenty if reissues of Penguin Eggs and nowt  else.


I think we know who to blame about this, don't we?  It's a tragedy...see also The Watersons et al.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 02, 2023, 11:59:17 AM


Nic Jones : The Noah's Ark Trap ( Highway Records  LP, year unknown).

The only thing wrong about this album is it hasn't been available for decades,  like  most of NJ's  catalogue.  We get plenty if reissues of Penguin Eggs and nowt  else.


I think we know who to blame about this, don't we?  It's a tragedy...see also The Watersons et al.


Absolutely.  


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Post by: David V B on December 02, 2023, 02:47:12 PM
Glad Christmas Come by Jon Borden and Eliza Carthy. Wonderful. It is going to be played a lot. The brass band on Bleak Midwinter is absolutely lovely.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 03, 2023, 10:57:52 AM
Trevor Beales  : Fireside Stories  (Basin Rock LP,  2022).

This a grower, for me.  I love it more each time..  It's sad he went unrecognised and died at only 33.


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Post by: davidmjs on December 04, 2023, 02:45:05 PM
Winter's Turning by Robin Williamson.

In many ways and compared with many of the others it's quite a 'slight' RW album, but it's a very enjoyable one nonetheless.

Just right for a damp and chilly rush home to the warming fire...


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Post by: Alan2 on December 04, 2023, 05:18:20 PM

Winter's Turning by Robin Williamson.

In many ways and compared with many of the others it's quite a 'slight' RW album, but it's a very enjoyable one nonetheless.

Just right for a damp and chilly rush home to the warming fire...


Now there's one I seldom play , and I have it in 2 formats.

Other seldom-play RW albums I own are : Music for the Newly Born, Mabinogion, Songs for Children of all Ages, the 2 Harp albums.


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Post by: davidmjs on December 04, 2023, 05:34:23 PM


Winter's Turning by Robin Williamson.

In many ways and compared with many of the others it's quite a 'slight' RW album, but it's a very enjoyable one nonetheless.

Just right for a damp and chilly rush home to the warming fire...


Now there's one I seldom play , and I have it in 2 formats.

Other seldom-play RW albums I own are : Music for the Newly Born, Mabinogion, Songs for Children of all Ages, the 2 Harp albums.


All decent albums.  Is there a bad Robin album?  I really don't think so.  And there's half a dozen (at least) truly great ones.... Much as I adore his songs and enjoy his (fairly) recent live renditions, Mike's career fizzled out after ISB - Robin's just went up and up and up.  Truly a musical titan.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 05, 2023, 10:55:03 AM



Winter's Turning by Robin Williamson.

In many ways and compared with many of the others it's quite a 'slight' RW album, but it's a very enjoyable one nonetheless.

Just right for a damp and chilly rush home to the warming fire...


Now there's one I seldom play , and I have it in 2 formats.

Other seldom-play RW albums I own are : Music for the Newly Born, Mabinogion, Songs for Children of all Ages, the 2 Harp albums.


All decent albums.  Is there a bad Robin album?  I really don't think so.  And there's half a dozen (at least) truly great ones.... Much as I adore his songs and enjoy his (fairly) recent live renditions, Mike's career fizzled out after ISB - Robin's just went up and up and up.  Truly a musical titan.


Yes Robin was prolific.  It  would take me a month to get through all ISB  and solo stuff, at say 2 albums a day.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 05, 2023, 10:56:45 AM
Mr Fox  :  Join us in our Game (Castle CCD, 2004).


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Post by: davidmjs on December 05, 2023, 10:58:06 AM




Winter's Turning by Robin Williamson.

In many ways and compared with many of the others it's quite a 'slight' RW album, but it's a very enjoyable one nonetheless.

Just right for a damp and chilly rush home to the warming fire...


Now there's one I seldom play , and I have it in 2 formats.

Other seldom-play RW albums I own are : Music for the Newly Born, Mabinogion, Songs for Children of all Ages, the 2 Harp albums.


All decent albums.  Is there a bad Robin album?  I really don't think so.  And there's half a dozen (at least) truly great ones.... Much as I adore his songs and enjoy his (fairly) recent live renditions, Mike's career fizzled out after ISB - Robin's just went up and up and up.  Truly a musical titan.


Yes Robin was prolific.  It  would take me a month to get through all ISB  and solo stuff, at say 2 albums a day.


Incidentally, if anyone is interested I did produce an Excel spreadsheet Robin solo discography the other year.  Available to anyone who wants it...drop me a line with your email address.


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Post by: davidmjs on December 06, 2023, 04:58:15 PM
Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


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Post by: Nick Reg on December 08, 2023, 05:25:02 PM
Wonderful version of Fairytale at Shane's funeral featuring Glen Hansard, Lisa Oneill and at least four Pogues


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Post by: Alan2 on December 09, 2023, 09:05:04 AM

Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


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Post by: davidmjs on December 09, 2023, 03:06:31 PM


Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


I've got a digitised copy if you're precious about opening it?   ;) ;D


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Post by: Alan2 on December 10, 2023, 10:52:21 AM



Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


I've got a digitised copy if you're precious about opening it?   ;) ;D


That's kind of you David.  I don't  listen to files very much but it would be a way to audition the album.


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Post by: davidmjs on December 10, 2023, 11:37:24 AM




Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


I've got a digitised copy if you're precious about opening it?   ;) ;D


That's kind of you David.  I don't  listen to files very much but it would be a way to audition the album.


Sent you a message with the link.  Enjoy...


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Post by: Alan2 on December 11, 2023, 08:55:02 AM





Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


I've got a digitised copy if you're precious about opening it?   ;) ;D


That's kind of you David.  I don't  listen to files very much but it would be a way to audition the album.


Sent you a message with the link.  Enjoy...


Thankyou David!  


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Post by: Ian_ on December 12, 2023, 04:19:05 PM

 Large plants - The Thorn

 Psychedelic folk-rock - perfect for those dark, spooky winter days  :)

  https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/buy/the-thorn-1/


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Post by: davidmjs on December 12, 2023, 04:50:21 PM


 Large plants - The Thorn

 Psychedelic folk-rock - perfect for those dark, spooky winter days  :)

  https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/buy/the-thorn-1/


Never heard (of) them before and on one listen just now it was decent, if ever so slightly failing to make me think it was massively original.  

Much more of a focus on the psychedelic and rock than folk (& more of a psychedelic revival variety than 60's based), I'd suggest.  I'll listen again.  Interesting...thanks for the heads up.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 13, 2023, 09:33:50 AM
John Martyn  :  Couldn't Live You More/ No Little  Boy  (One World 2CD, 1998).

I was rather dismissive of these releases when I first played them, but I have to admit my view has changed. I saw them as JM  being his own tribute band, recycling well tried material at a lull in his career perhaps.  I listened to both discs last night and found them enjoyable, and it was interesting to compare tracks with the original versions, in my mind.


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Post by: Nick Reg on December 13, 2023, 05:09:42 PM
Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


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Post by: Will S on December 14, 2023, 08:45:38 AM

Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


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Post by: Alan2 on December 14, 2023, 09:27:27 AM


Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.


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Post by: Will S on December 15, 2023, 10:18:40 AM



Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.


I'd agree with both those comments.


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Post by: Ian_ on December 15, 2023, 10:39:56 AM



 Large plants - The Thorn

 Psychedelic folk-rock - perfect for those dark, spooky winter days  :)

  https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/buy/the-thorn-1/


Never heard (of) them before and on one listen just now it was decent, if ever so slightly failing to make me think it was massively original.  

Much more of a focus on the psychedelic and rock than folk (& more of a psychedelic revival variety than 60's based), I'd suggest.  I'll listen again.  Interesting...thanks for the heads up.


 I'm glad you gave it a try, David. It's very largely the work of Jack Sharp (Wolf People) who seems to genuinely embrace folklore and folk music, in amongst the rock sound. While I get what you say about the sound being more "revival" in style, it still puts me in mind of a few early seventies bands who tried to fuse a sort of heavy folk-rock with a bit of quasi-mysticism. But I think Jack Sharp has a genuine passion for these ideas and moods, and it's not just a bit of stoned whimsy  :)


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Post by: davidmjs on December 15, 2023, 11:07:05 AM




 Large plants - The Thorn

 Psychedelic folk-rock - perfect for those dark, spooky winter days  :)

  https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/buy/the-thorn-1/


Never heard (of) them before and on one listen just now it was decent, if ever so slightly failing to make me think it was massively original.  

Much more of a focus on the psychedelic and rock than folk (& more of a psychedelic revival variety than 60's based), I'd suggest.  I'll listen again.  Interesting...thanks for the heads up.


 I'm glad you gave it a try, David. It's very largely the work of Jack Sharp (Wolf People) who seems to genuinely embrace folklore and folk music, in amongst the rock sound. While I get what you say about the sound being more "revival" in style, it still puts me in mind of a few early seventies bands who tried to fuse a sort of heavy folk-rock with a bit of quasi-mysticism. But I think Jack Sharp has a genuine passion for these ideas and moods, and it's not just a bit of stoned whimsy  :)


Ahhh, hadn't made the connection with Wolf People... That makes sense though.


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Post by: Poor Will (Bill) on December 15, 2023, 02:43:01 PM



Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.
For me, Last Days of the Century comes close!


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Post by: Alan2 on December 15, 2023, 05:43:23 PM




Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.
For me, Last Days of the Century comes close!


I grew to love it.  🙂  It's produc ed differently from any other AS album.


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Post by: Will S on December 15, 2023, 07:20:48 PM





Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.
For me, Last Days of the Century comes close!


I grew to love it.  🙂  It's produc ed differently from any other AS album.


Yes, it contains some jewels, like Josephine Baker, Fields of France and Helen & Cassandra, but I'm less keen on it than many of his albums apart from those songs.


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Post by: Alan2 on December 16, 2023, 08:59:33 AM
Mcdonald and Giles :  Mcdonald and Giles (Panegyric reissue LP, 2023).

I may have said before that I'm not a dyed in the wool  Crimson fan.  But there are some KC and related albums  i rather like. This is one  (and Pete Sinfield's Still is another). I like the friendly hippy couples on the cover here. I like the stretched out orchestral ending to the LP.  I even like the way the bass seems to be trying to be the lead instrument, at times.  I like the quaint psychedelic feel the music has. Yes, with the first 4 KC albums, this and Still, the band need never trouble me again.  :)


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Post by: Alan2 on December 23, 2023, 11:59:01 AM
Sheryl Crow : Tuesday Night Music Club  (UMR/Polydor LP,  2023).

When you consider you can pick up the CD, released 30 years ago, for small change ( I did ) this import  LP looks expensive, and to digital folk unnecessary.  But I'm delighted with it. The mastering by Bernie Grundman  really opens up the mix, which always sounded rather muddy.


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Post by: davidmjs on January 02, 2024, 08:17:07 AM
Been a JR fan for 45 years and went to school with his lad but bizarrely I've never heard this until today...and it's utterly brilliant.  Features Danny and Terry and Dorris and Sue Draheim et al so it's hardly a surprise.  Recommended.


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Post by: Alan2 on January 02, 2024, 08:40:20 AM

Been a JR fan for 45 years and went to school with his lad but bizarrely I've never heard this until today...and it's utterly brilliant.  Features Danny and Terry and Dorris and Sue Draheim et al so it's hardly a surprise.  Recommended.


Coincidentally this was the very last of John's early catalogue I bought-  it came out on CD some years ago. (Castle Music). I quite like it but it does get neglected in favour of other John albums I like- Another Monday, So Clear,  the JR Group albums.  And of course Pentangle.


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Post by: sliprigilio (Al) on January 02, 2024, 06:46:58 PM