One of the mysteries of having a record collection for a number of years is where do some of the records disappear to???
I bought this on vinyl in the early 80s (shortly after discovering Springsteen thanks to “The River”) and immediately fell in love with the story telling in his lyrics – here they were so much more expansive than in his (then) later work.
So what happened to the vinyl?
Well it disappeared somewhere and recently I reintroduced this into my collection, this time on CD. The tracks all still work for me and, on a personal level, remind me of my late teens when the only real worry I had was ‘do I have enough beer money?’
Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) – CD
At the time the diversity of music available through mainstream media didn’t strike me as anything special. But now, looking at the mediocrity of what’s generally available and the splintering of music into niche radio/tv/online channels (which become a self fulfilling prophecy as users never discover new genres), I realise how lucky I was to be around in the late 70s/early 80s.
For me this CD makes the point – out of nowhere you had Adam and the Ants ripping apart the charts with tribal, duel drummer driven music. Nowadays I can use the internet and immediately find out that this is based on Burundi beat but all those years ago it was just fresh and exciting. And it still stands up now – when “Kings of the Wild Frontier” steps up a gear at 1m53s I still get goose bumps some 36 years after I first heard it.
Eventually Adam began to believe his own hype (playing Vive Le Rock at Live Aid – shameful) and slowly disappeared from the music scene, but now he’s back touring this very album – a key concert for me to catch this year.
Every music lover should have a copy of this and listen to it on a regular basis…..
Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980) CD – 2004 Release
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
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
Silly Boy Blue
Let Me Sleep Beside You
God Knows I’m Good
The Width of a Circle
Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed
Memory of a Free Festival
Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud
Looking for a Friend
It Ain’t Easy
Eight Line Poem
Hang On to Yourself
I’m Waiting for the Man
White Light/White Heat
Hang On to Yourself
Oh! You Pretty Things
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
David Bowie – BBC Radio Theatre, 27 June 2000 (2000) CD