Monthly Archives: December 2014

Speaking In Tongues

Isn’t amazing the way that things go in cycles? In the 70s and 80s I was unwrapping the latest vinyl LPs at Christmas, in the 90s it was CDs, in the 00s I got an MP3 player and spent weeks ripping all of my CDs – this Christmas I was back to vinyl.

In a remarkably good run of music focused presents I got one DVD (Nick Cave 20,000 Days On Earth), two books (Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany by David Stubbs and Japrocksampler by Julian Cope) and two double vinyl LPs (Goat – Live Ballroom Ritual  and Blackberry Smoke – The Whippoorwill)

Of course I’d been good and that’s why Santa got me exactly what I wanted – it also helped that I had Mrs P circulate a list of the DVDs, books and vinyl I was interested in…………

Blackberry Smoke I got into earlier this year, this is their third album but before this our paths hadn’t crossed. A group of good ol’ boys playing rock from down South is always worth listening to and when I realised that the music was coupled with some serious hair (an ability that left me some decades ago) I knew I was going to like them.

The main aim now is to see them in concert – they played London earlier this year but I was on holiday at the time, they’ve now been added to the wish list on my Concerts Page .

Anyway here I am full of post-Boxing Day food and treats, in a warm room listening to The Whippoorwill – if only every day could be like this!

Blackberry Smoke – The Whippoorwill – Double Vinyl (2013)

    • Six Ways to Sunday
    • Pretty Little Lie
    • Everybody Knows She’s Mine
    • One Horse Town
    • Ain’t Much Left of Me
    • The Whippoorwill
    • Lucky Seven
    • Leave a Scar
    • Crimson Moon
    • Ain’t Got the Blues
    • Sleeping Dogs
    • Shakin’ Hands with the Holy Ghost
    • Up the Road
    • Country Side Of Life
    • Pretty Little Lie (Live)
    • Six Ways To Sunday (Live)

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 11, Vinyl Singles – 11, LPs – 4, Downloads – 5, Total Tracks: 200, Time: 13h 51m 54s

Progressing Nicely???

Some months ago I added to my normal diet of music magazines and purchased Prog, the freebie CD attached was a real disappointment – initially. Recently I found myself stuck in traffic with that as the only music in the car and, as a captive audience, gave it a proper listen 3 or 4 times and it grew on me. To such an extent that I bought another copy of Prog last month. Now it’s never going to be a ‘must buy’ for me but the CDs are okay and give me the chance to link into music that I wouldn’t normally come across.

On Lilywhite Lilith most of the tracks I like, the two main exceptions being The Enid (who I came across decades ago and want to like but can’t for some reason) and Scar Symmetry (the Death Metal vocal doesn’t do it for me).

I’ll dig out the other Prog CD from the car and write that up over the coming days….. 

Lilywhite Lilith – Various Artists (Prog P29 2014) – CD

    • The Enid – One And The Many
    • Tony Patterson And Brendan Eyre – So Long The Day
    • Citizen Cain’s Stewart Bell* – Projections
    • The Mighty Bard – Blue God
    • Twombley Burwash – ZZZVV
    • Kaipa – A Map Of Your Secret World
    • United Progressive Fraternity – The Water
    • Designer – Under A Silver Sky
    • The Treat – Effervescence
    • Scar Symmetry – Limits To Infinity

Rate – 3/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 11, Vinyl Singles – 11, LPs – 3, Downloads – 5, Total Tracks: 184, Time: 12h 57m 25s

A Series Of Map Reference Points

Recently I’ve been doing a lot more listening than I can write about so let’s see if I can wrap up some posts between food and drinks over the festive period. To start off with –

Nick Cave in all his incarnations runs through my record collection, I discovered his music on lunchtime in ’85 when I was flicking through the new LPs at Slough Record Centre. I’d never heard of him but reading the lyrics printed on the back of the sleeve to “The Firstborn Is Dead” convinced me to buy the record. Probably one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Since then he’s continued to challenge, annoy and inspire me through the years.

I don’t normally buy compilations but I bought this one because it came with a live bonus CD – which I haven’t listened to this week, that one’s for the future. This collection of tracks contains two love songs that in my heart I sing on a regular basis, if I ever get the vocal chords working well (and summon up the nerve) the first two songs I’ll sing are “Into My Arms” and “(Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?”. The one disappointment on the CD is that the version of Tupelo is from the single – a poor edit when compared to the original LP version….

I don’t believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms
Into My Arms

There’s a man who spoke wonders though I’ve never met him
He said, “He who seeks finds and who knocks will be let in”
I think of you in motion and just how close you are getting
And how every little thing anticipates you
All down my veins my heart-strings call
Are you the one that I’ve been waiting for?
(Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?

The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (1998) – CD

    • Deanna
    • Red Right Hand
    • Straight to You
    • Tupelo
    • Nobody’s Baby Now
    • Stranger Than Kindness
    • Into My Arms
    • (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?
    • The Carny
    • Do You Love Me?
    • The Mercy Seat
    • Henry Lee
    • The Weeping Song
    • The Ship Song
    • Where the Wild Roses Grow
    • From Her to Eternity

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 10, Vinyl Singles – 11, LPs – 3, Downloads – 5, Total Tracks – 174, Time – 11h 49m 6s

To Stand Aside Is To Take Sides……….

Just pub rock or a case of being “right on” with any cause going????????

Who knows, who cares – Growing up TRB’s first LP seemed to describe the world I saw around me. Or did it and did I? It was always friends of friends who were getting beaten up, or arrested, or knew someone who could get marijuana, or knew someone who was gay.

They were probably all urban myths but aged 14 I believed all of it and the original LP (the CD here has extra tracks from EPs and Singles) convinced me that it was all true. Loved the lyrics and the music has been with me ever since.

I could write in depth about every song on here but the ones that really stood out for me growing up were –

Grey Cortina – my dad had a brown Cortina but he was never as cool as the driver in the song (even though I wondered if Tom was being ironic….)

Twin exhaust and rusty bumper
Chewing gum at traffic light
Stop at red but leave on amber
Grey Cortina outa sight

 The Winter of ’79 – this came out in 1978 and the lyrics here did seem to presage what the future held………..

All you kids that just sit and whine
You should have been there back in ’79
You say we’re giving you a real hard time
You boys are really breaking my heart
Spurs beat Arsenal, what a game
The blood was running in the drains
Intercity took the trains
And really took the place apart

Power in the Darkness – The “establishment newsreader” piece in the middle that turns into a list of what he sees as freedoms still works as a piece of social commentary.

It’s about time we said ‘enough is enough’ and saw a return to the traditional British values of discipline, obedience, morality and freedom.
What we want is:
Freedom from the reds and the blacks and the criminals
Prostitutes, pansies and punks
Football hooligans, juvenile delinquents
Lesbians and left wing scum
Freedom from the niggers and the Pakis and the unions
Freedom from the Gipsies and the Jews
Freedom from leftwing layabouts and liberals
Freedom from the likes of you…

Martin – Originally from a live EP (I seem to remember) this is little singalong number detailing the relationship between two brothers. It’s one of those songs that brings memories flooding back every time I hear it. My friend Martin (who I’ve written about previously) was an only child and he loved this song – to him it explained a life and a sibling relationship that he wanted but could never have………..

Cos no-one ever had a brother like Martin
No-one ever had a brother like him

Tom Robinson Band – Power In The Darkness (1978) – Reissue with Bonus Tracks – CD

    • Up Against The Wall
    • Grey Cortina
    • Too Good To Be True
    • Ain’t Gonna Take It
    • Long Hot Summer
    • The Winter Of ’79
    • Man You Never Saw
    • Better Decide Which Side You’re On
    • You Gotta Survive
    • Power In The Darkness
    • Don’t Take No For An Answer (Bonus)
    • Martin (Bonus)
    • Glad To Be Gay (Bonus)
    • Right On Sister (Bonus)
    • 2-4-6-8 Motorway (Bonus)
    • I Shall Be Released (Bonus)
    • I’m Alright Jack (Bonus)

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 9, Vinyl Singles – 11, LPs – 3, Downloads – 5, Total Tracks – 158, Time – 10h 33m 28s

Reflections of Myself, Life is No Easy Game

Before he became a parody of himself and, eventually, a mere shadow of the artist he had been, Rod Stewart recorded some pretty good tracks. He never seemed to manage it for a whole album but on a number of them the good outweighs the poor.

Here it’s a close run thing, the first 4 tracks (originally the slow side)are the ones that really sell the CD. The original fast side (tracks 5 – 9) feels in the main more like filler – the only exception being the final track (which arguably shouldn’t be on a ‘fast’ side) “Trade Winds” which I love – it’s not a classic but it hits a nerve and feels like an extension of “Handbags and Gladrags”.

Rod Stewart – A Night On The Town (1976) – CD

    • Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
    • The First Cut Is the Deepest
    • Fool for You
    • The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)
    • The Balltrap
    • Pretty Flamingo
    • Big Bayou
    • The Wild Side of Life
    • Trade Winds

Rate – 3/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 8, Vinyl Singles – 11, LPs – 3, Downloads – 5, Total Tracks – 141, Time – 9h 34m 36s