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A Wild Nobility

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

  • Dog Eat Dog
  • Antmusic
  • Feed Me to the Lions
  • Los Rancheros
  • Ants Invasion
  • Killer in the Home
  • Kings of the Wild Frontier
  • The Magnificent Five
  • Don’t Be Square (Be There)
  • Jolly Roger
  • Making History
  • The Human Beings
  • Antmusic (Alternative Mix)
  • Antmusic (Demo)
  • Feed Me to the Lions
  • The Human Beings (Demo)
  • S.E.X. (Demo)
  • Omelette from Outerspace (Demo)

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 36, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 800, Time: 60h 04m 23s 

I Don’t Want To Live Forever…..

And so the day has come, we knew it would but it’s just sooner than anyone wanted….

Lemmy has gone to the great gig in the sky after living the rock star life to the full. Played this nice and loud when I got home this evening. A classic live album!

Motörhead – No Sleep ’til Hammersmith (1981) – 2001 CD

Original Album

  • Ace of Spades
  • Stay Clean
  • Metropolis
  • The Hammer
  • Iron Horse/Born to Lose
  • No Class
  • Overkill
  • (We Are) the Road Crew
  • Capricorn
  • Bomber
  • Motorhead

Extras

  • Over The Top (B-side)
  • Shoot You in the Back (previously unreleased)
  • Jailbait (Previously unreleased)
  • Leaving Here (Previously unreleased)
  • Fire, Fire (Previously unreleased)
  • Too Late, Too Late (Previously unreleased)
  • Bite the Bullet/The Chase Is Better than the Catch (Previously unreleased)
  • Ace of Spades (alternate)
  • Stay Clean (alternate)
  • Metropolis (alternate)
  • The Hammer (alternate)
  • Capricorn (alternate)
  • No Class (alternate)
  • (We Are) the Road Crew (alternate)
  • Bite the Bullet/The Chase Is Better than the Catch (alternate)
  • Overkill (alternate)
  • Bomber (alternate)
  • Motorhead (alternate)

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 31, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 724, Time: 54h 32m 08s

Bitchin’

Busy, busy, busy time at work means that I’ve been away from the keyboard…….but today I’ve found a brief period of time (in-between getting the house Christmas ready and prepping for work tomorrow) to chuck a few words down.

So (besides work) what have I been up to?

  • Saw Caro Emerald in concert…..more of that in a future post
  • Learnt that I’m marvellous at karaoke in my mind but that video seems to tell a different story. I’m certain that my singing “In The Ghetto” with the Divine Ms W, or my contribution to “Spice Up Your Life” with the Vivacious Ms N and Crazy Mr A were much better than the evidence suggests……….
  • Numerous meals out, discovered a number of new bands to add to my ‘must see’ list (have I talked about Brunt before? Don’t think so, I’ll rectify soon) and decided that I really must make the trek to Café Oto at some point to check the place out.

Interestingly it was talking about Café Oto (whist waiting for the damn work printer to do its thing) that reminded me that I needed to write about this CD as the Regal Ms H mentioned that she was looking to get into Jazz.

I’m not certain about Jazz, it seems to be a genre that doesn’t invite newcomers, you need to know the secret and ‘get it’ before you’re welcome in. I’ve tried listening before and, whilst I might enjoy the spectacle of it live, I can’t get a handle on all the aural noodling around that flows from the speakers.

So with this in mind at the start of November I decided to try a backdoor into the world of Jazz through Miles Davis. I knew his reputation and I knew that on “Bitches Brew” he had redefined aspects of it by using instruments more readily associated with rock music (e.g.  electric keyboards and guitar). Maybe, just maybe, this would help me ‘get it’….

And to a certain extent it worked. This is no rock album by anyone’s definition, the improvisation, changes in tempo and the sound of different instruments playing off of each other can only be Jazz, but it has given me the way in.

Some of it I don’t get –

  • “Pharaoh’s Dance” is a lot (and I do mean a lot, it’s 20 minutes long) of noodling to my ears

But most of it I do, my standout tracks –

  • “Bitches Brew” 27 minutes long but there’s a theme running through it that my unjazzified mind needs and appreciates hearing
  • “Spanish Key” for me the most accessible piece – probably because it’s the closest thing to a structured rock track on the album

I know that I’ve a long way to go, as I try to understand what the hell is going on, but at least this shows me that there is a way through and hopefully, one day all will become clear…….

Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (1970) – CD

  • Pharaoh’s Dance
  • Bitches Brew
  • Spanish Key
  • John McLaughlin
  • Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
  • Sanctuary
  • Feio (Bonus Track)

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 30, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 692, Time: 52h 35m 14s

A Man Who Spoke Wonders

So much catching up to do………..

I may (or may not) have said before that after discovering Nick Cave’s work back in the mid-80s (courtesy of spending a lunchtime away from work and at Slough Record Centre down the Farnham Road) I’ve become fascinated and fixated with his work – obviously in a commercial purchasing of music/books/dvds kind of way, not in the creepy turning up at 2am and knocking on his front door asking for a cup of sugar, ‘Misery’ kind of way.

Lyrically and musically “The Boatman’s Call” and “The Firstborn is Dead” are, for me, the touchstones in his oeuvre. Whilst ‘Boatman’ can be a bit too dark and sombre to take in one sitting (a friend refers to it as ‘music to cut your wrists to’) it has some essential tracks on it.

When those tracks are coupled with the inherent imperfections in Cave’s vocals this becomes the perfect CD to sing along with at full volume in the car. If you’re driving around Windsor and hear a driver intoning “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” apologies, it’s me.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call (1997) – CD

  • Into My Arms
  • Lime Tree Arbour
  • People Ain’t No Good
  • Brompton Oratory
  • There Is a Kingdom
  • (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?
  • Where Do We Go Now but Nowhere?
  • West Country Girl
  • Black Hair
  • Idiot Prayer
  • Far from Me
  • Green Eyes

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 26, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 17, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 611, Time: 46h 21m 31s

No Point Polishing This

Found the receipt, bought it in 1996 for £7.

This is only the third time I’ve played it.

It’s rubbish – listening three times is three time too many – I want my £7 back…..

 

Soft Machine – Third (1970) – CD

  • Facelift
  • Slightly All the Time
  • Moon in June
  • Out-Bloody-Rageous

Rate – 0/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 24, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 17, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 559, Time: 42h 59m 51s