Monthly Archives: January 2016

Kind Of Blue

So is it a good thing that I’ve started to move down the Jazz route or is this a journey that I won’t return from……………

Well, whatever happens I might as well enjoy the ride.

Following on from discovering Bitches Brew last month I decided to move back in time to 1959 and picked up Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. This is a classic and understandably so, the music here is the epitome of sitting in a club as witching hour kicks in whilst nursing a singe malt.

Help! I feel a pretentious personality descending upon me – if I you ever hear me start saying things like “it’s the notes you don’t play” please try and save me…………

 Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (1959) CD – 1997 Release

  • So What
  • Freddie Freeloader
  • Blue in Green
  • All Blues
  • Flamenco Sketches
  • Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take)

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 35, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 782, Time: 59h 03m 06s 

My Heart’s In The Basement

Whilst Lemmy’s death had, to a certain extent, been foretold by his frail figure and health issues throughout 2015, Bowie passing away was a complete and utter shock. Away from the hastily cobbled together tribute shows I went through my collection and decided to play a number of sessions he’d record more than 40 years previously. I’d followed his career through all its phases but for me the essence of the man was always in the poetry of his words, from the naïve to the profound.

And so it was a young Bowie that I listened to, one who still had the death of Ziggy, the Berlin years, 80s mainstream, Tin Machine, rejuvenation and the role of musical statesman ahead of him. Recorded between 1968 and 1972 for the BBC this was the core of everything he became and everything he’s left behind.

And then I followed this up with the bonus disc for this release – a live session recorded for the BBC in 2000.

I saw Bowie play live a long time ago, I was hoping to see him again…………

David Bowie – Bowie At The Beeb (2000) 2CD

  • In the Heat of the Morning
  • London Bye Ta Ta
  • Karma Man
  • Silly Boy Blue
  • Let Me Sleep Beside You
  • Janine
  • Amsterdam
  • God Knows I’m Good
  • The Width of a Circle
  • Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed
  • Cygnet Committee
  • Memory of a Free Festival
  • Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud
  • Bombers
  • Looking for a Friend
  • Almost Grown
  • Kooks
  • It Ain’t Easy
  • The Supermen
  • Eight Line Poem
  • Hang On to Yourself
  • Ziggy Stardust
  • Queen Bitch
  • I’m Waiting for the Man
  • Five Years
  • White Light/White Heat
  • Moonage Daydream
  • Hang On to Yourself
  • Suffragette City
  • Ziggy Stardust
  • Starman
  • Space Oddity
  • Changes
  • Oh! You Pretty Things
  • Andy Warhol
  • Lady Stardust
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

David Bowie – BBC Radio Theatre, 27 June 2000 (2000) CD

  • Wild Is the Wind
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • Seven
  • This Is Not America
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Always Crashing in the Same Car
  • Survive
  • Little Wonder
  • The Man Who Sold the World
  • Fame
  • Stay
  • Hallo Spaceboy
  • Cracked Actor
  • I’m Afraid of Americans
  • Let’s Dance

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 34, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 776, Time: 58h 07m 39s