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« Reply #1580 on: July 03, 2020, 06:45:15 PM »



Manchester for us...at the cavernous Academy (the gig was originally on at Academy 3, then Academy 2 then the main barn, and it was sold out).  One of my favourite gigs ever.  Stornoway are very much my other half's band but I've seen them about half a dozen times.  About 4 or 5 months before this, we'd seen them in one of the wich's - Northwich or Middlewich - I forget, er, which, and despite it being fab I'd turned to Sue afterwards and said "they can't keep doing this for diminishing returns" (must have been 120 there?).  I guess they felt the same.  I've also had a good chat with Dr Brian in his current place of work - WWT Llanelli.  Lovely guy.


That would have been Nantwich David, my home town incidentally, at the annual Words and Music Festival, we chatted at the end. In fairness 120 was the capacity of the venue and it was sold out. Something that Nigel, Thea and Fluff manage to pull off every year is getting in bands for the festival who are happy to play in much smaller venues than they're used to and still being able to make it pay without resorting to jacking up ticket prices. From the band's perspective it was a trimmed-down acoustic show and something of a one-off.

I've not got such good memories of the Academy gig as you though. Nothing to do with the band but we ended up behind a group who were hoovering up the pharmaceuticals at an alarming rate, totally off their heads, talked all the way through and behaved like complete tw**s. It was so packed it wasn't possible to move, it was like trying to watch a gig from in the middle of someone else's party. Never been a fan of the place but have still seen some wonderful gigs there over the years but that took the edge off that one for us.

Its a big place but we too have seen some great gigs there Arthurs Forever Changes, several Ryan Adams, Del Amitri, The first time we saw Grand Drive, etc
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« Reply #1581 on: July 03, 2020, 07:39:01 PM »



Manchester for us...at the cavernous Academy (the gig was originally on at Academy 3, then Academy 2 then the main barn, and it was sold out).  One of my favourite gigs ever.  Stornoway are very much my other half's band but I've seen them about half a dozen times.  About 4 or 5 months before this, we'd seen them in one of the wich's - Northwich or Middlewich - I forget, er, which, and despite it being fab I'd turned to Sue afterwards and said "they can't keep doing this for diminishing returns" (must have been 120 there?).  I guess they felt the same.  I've also had a good chat with Dr Brian in his current place of work - WWT Llanelli.  Lovely guy.


That would have been Nantwich David, my home town incidentally, at the annual Words and Music Festival, we chatted at the end. In fairness 120 was the capacity of the venue and it was sold out. Something that Nigel, Thea and Fluff manage to pull off every year is getting in bands for the festival who are happy to play in much smaller venues than they're used to and still being able to make it pay without resorting to jacking up ticket prices. From the band's perspective it was a trimmed-down acoustic show and something of a one-off.

I've not got such good memories of the Academy gig as you though. Nothing to do with the band but we ended up behind a group who were hoovering up the pharmaceuticals at an alarming rate, totally off their heads, talked all the way through and behaved like complete tw**s. It was so packed it wasn't possible to move, it was like trying to watch a gig from in the middle of someone else's party. Never been a fan of the place but have still seen some wonderful gigs there over the years but that took the edge off that one for us.


Well done for having a better memory than me, Col.  And so sorry that Manchester gig was ruined by some selfish mo-fos.  Not ok.
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« Reply #1582 on: July 04, 2020, 09:11:24 AM »

2 joni Mitchell compilations-  Beginnings of Survival and Songs of a Prairie Girl.  Hardly play the albums now but these are nice.
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« Reply #1583 on: July 04, 2020, 10:13:11 AM »


First listen to RT's new 6 track EP "Bloody Noses", downloadable (exclusively for now, I believe, could be wrong) from here :

www.richardthompson.bandcamp.com/album/bloody-noses-ep

So far, it lives up to our hero's usual high standards...


Just taken my first listen. I am not usually a fan of his wholly acoustic projects. Front Parlour Ballads is my least favourite RT album but this is pretty strong and is bookended by two great songs. The opener is an instant RT classic and could eeasily date from the 70s or early 80s.
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« Reply #1584 on: July 04, 2020, 10:53:56 PM »

30th anniversary re-recording of Salutation Road, by Martin Stephenson and the Daintees. Beautiful, somehow, the stripped back versions seem more poignant than ever. Loved this when I was 20, love it more at 50 ish 😀
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« Reply #1585 on: July 05, 2020, 09:11:21 AM »

First Rose Of Spring - Willie Nelson

Much is rightly being said about the quality of Bob Dylan's new album at the age of 79. You hear less about Willie Nelson who has a prodigious output at the age of 87 of which this is another excellent example. His voice is remarkable and a real balm in these troubled times.
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« Reply #1586 on: July 06, 2020, 09:12:25 AM »


First Rose Of Spring - Willie Nelson

Much is rightly being said about the quality of Bob Dylan's new album at the age of 79. You hear less about Willie Nelson who has a prodigious output at the age of 87 of which this is another excellent example. His voice is remarkable and a real balm in these troubled times.
His recording of "Always On My Mind" makes me fill up, it's beautiful  Cry
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« Reply #1587 on: July 06, 2020, 11:56:35 AM »

Nuevo Cinema Paradiso (Original Soundtrack) - Ennio Morricone

Quite simply some of the most beautiful music ever written.
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« Reply #1588 on: July 06, 2020, 03:22:02 PM »

Paris - the double vinyl live album by Supertramp. A great collection of some superb songs IMO.
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« Reply #1589 on: July 06, 2020, 03:24:45 PM »

Camel Live At The Royal Albert Hall - from their Moonmadness concerts a couple of years ago.  I saw them at Aylesbury a few days before, and it's bringing back good memories.
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« Reply #1590 on: July 06, 2020, 03:25:55 PM »


Paris - the double vinyl live album by Supertramp. A great collection of some superb songs IMO.


It certainly contains the definitive version of Fools Overture. Less sterile than the studio recording.
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« Reply #1591 on: July 06, 2020, 03:50:42 PM »



Paris - the double vinyl live album by Supertramp. A great collection of some superb songs IMO.


Very good live album
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« Reply #1592 on: July 08, 2020, 12:09:44 AM »

My local vinyl record store opened back up for limited in store shopping last week so I spent some time browsing today and came back with two in hand. First is Time For A Witness, the fourth album by The Feelies. Its a little different than the earlier stuff by them and as the reissue liner notes explain they had gone through both some record company issues and were feeling their type of sound was getting crowded out at the time of its release in 1991. A shame though because they should have been huge.

Second is Holler by Amy Ray of Indigo Girls. I've never explored any solo material from Amy or Emily before but glad I got this one. Amy has a bit of a harder, more punk aesthetic at times with the Indigo Girls but this is a pure country flavored album, with an impressive group of support behind her-Brandi Carlile, Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, Alison Brown & Lucy Wainwright Roche among others. With a few exceptions there is very little new country music I can get behind these days. Other than old timers like Dolly Parton and the new Willie Nelson album Al mentioned, too much of the commercial stuff is pop with a fiddle, as Tom Petty once put it. I find though that newer music in the genre comes from albums like this, and just wish THIS was the sort of thing people who profess to like the music heard instead of Jason Aldean and his like. Amy's song Tonight I'm Paying The Rent is absolutely a gem!
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« Reply #1593 on: July 08, 2020, 02:03:08 AM »

Dwight Yoakam ‎- This Time
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« Reply #1594 on: July 08, 2020, 09:09:45 AM »

I bought a few albums from Bandcamp on Friday, on their monthly 'give it all to the artist' day, and am gradually listening to what i picked up:

A Geoff Mann Band Loud Symbols (Still have Ministry Of The Interior to listen to)
RT Bloody Noses
Kaprekar's Constant Depth of Field
Twelfth Night & friends Nice Enough To...Join In - a free sampler of tracks by TN, Geoff Mann, Andy Sears, the C:Live Collective and Dean Baker

All good so far Smiley
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« Reply #1595 on: July 08, 2020, 10:11:19 AM »


Paris - the double vinyl live album by Supertramp. A great collection of some superb songs IMO.
This is my choice of listening today. I would love to have seen them live. I know Roger Hodson still does the occasional live date and I hope to see him one day, but I don't think Rick Davies will every be able to sing and play live again.
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Paris - the double vinyl live album by Supertramp. A great collection of some superb songs IMO.
This is my choice of listening today. I would love to have seen them live. I know Roger Hodson still does the occasional live date and I hope to see him one day, but I don't think Rick Davies will every be able to sing and play live again.


I was lucky enough to see them live a couple of times and I had tickets to see Roger Hodgeson on 8 July at Southend. This has now been rescheduled to 17 June next year but my tickets remain valid  Smiley
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Paris - the double vinyl live album by Supertramp. A great collection of some superb songs IMO.
This is my choice of listening today. I would love to have seen them live. I know Roger Hodson still does the occasional live date and I hope to see him one day, but I don't think Rick Davies will every be able to sing and play live again.


I was lucky enough to see them live a couple of times and I had tickets to see Roger Hodgeson on 8 July at Southend. This has now been rescheduled to 17 June next year but my tickets remain valid  Smiley
Ooo maybe a trip to Southend is due.... Smiley
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« Reply #1598 on: July 09, 2020, 02:01:34 AM »


Dwight Yoakam ‎- This Time
Dwight Yoakam - Dwight Live





Both excellent albums. I have a good Dwight Yoakam story. In 2005 or so I was working in the World Music section at Tower Records Lincoln Center. It was a massive store. Biggest classical music section in America I think and my department was the most well organized world music section I have still seen anywhere. In any case the store had a steady stream of in store appearances, and one time they had Dwight and his band in. I'm sure we have all seen that when these things happen, the merchandise gets pushed around and consolidated to make room for the performer. His appearance was at about 7PM on a weeknight...a good time for people coming home from work. They had a riser put in for the full band equipment and for what was scheduled to only be a couple of songs, it was apparent that there was going to be a big crowd. There was a staff only elevator in my section and shortly before 7 the elevator opens up and out walks 'the hat' and his band. I was just doing my employee duties but they were milling about and I had my lanyard on that clearly showed I was working there. The bass player saw me and said-uh dude...where can I go to the bathroom before the show? I said, no problem, I'll escort you down to the employee facilities. Then 'the hat' said yeah actually I need to go to. So bathroom facilitator duties sorted and brought back up to the main floor they went on stage....and proceeded to play for a full hour! Honestly, it was the most badass moment I have ever seen because again, they were due to only play at most 5 songs from their new album. The store manager was furious, but there was nothing he could do about it. Dwight was clearly loving every second of it. Having caused bedlam for employee dinner breaks (store was open til midnight and we didn't get out until after 1 AM quite often) it now became get them the F*** out of the store, so I was now on roadie duty, carting equpment out to the truck. The one and only time I actually touched a double bass. Ah..memories!
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« Reply #1599 on: July 09, 2020, 10:21:16 AM »

Gogol Bordello, starting with this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp7JyzM7HVw a live performance during a radio interview.

A bit disappointed with them at Cropredy but I still love their music. I might stay with an Eastern European theme with some Budapest Cafe Orchestra  Smiley
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