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Have Some Sympathy And Some Taste

Since the evening of 8th May 1984 I’ve considered Benjamin Franklin a liar, he said “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Why?

Well, immediately after Vyvyan proclaimed “to the station!” the bass started and one of the Devil’s own (aka Lemmy) launched into “Ace of Spades”. It was then I knew that Franklin was a liar and for the last 31 years (and counting) I’ve been proved right as the third constant in the world has been down and dirty rock n roll courtesy of Mr Kilmister.

I’d been following Motorhead for a couple of years and this was post “Fast” Eddie Clarke but it was this performance that showed me that Lemmy was not just a fallen angel he was also a rock star.

Recently however it looks as if ‘m going to be proved wrong after all as the underworld is doing its best to reclaim Lemmy – presumably just to ensure that once again the Devil has all the best tunes (obviously Heaven has the best choreographers).

The good news is that he’s not going to go down without a fight. Despite having to give up the daily bottle of Jack Daniel’s and the speed he’s still hammering out the music both in the studio and on tour (I’ve tickets for February 2016 – only 18 weeks and counting). The latest release “Bad Magic” is everything that you’d expect from them plus, for extra kudos, their version of “Sympathy for the Devil” – and they play it pretty straight and loud, presumably as it’s a paean to their ultimate boss…..

Motorhead – Bad Magic (2015) – Vinyl

  • Victory or Die
  • Thunder & Lightning
  • Fire Storm Hotel
  • Shoot Out All of Your Lights
  • The Devil
  • Electricity
  • Evil Eye
  • Teach Them How to Bleed
  • Till the End
  • Tell Me Who to Kill
  • Choking on Your Screams
  • When the Sky Comes Looking for You
  • Sympathy for the Devil

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 27, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 18, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 636, Time: 47h 53m 34s

People Think I’m Insane

So what code do you live your life by? What lyric, prose, poem sums up your world view?

Or maybe you don’t have anything to fall back on, maybe it’s just me……….

I think it started in the 70s when I read “If” by Rudyard Kipling during the summer holidays and decided that was the way forward. It was very stoical but that was the environment I grew up in.

During the 80s life had become more complicated and I found myself falling back on lyrics I must have heard in my childhood (spookily I’ve just checked when the song came out and it was the year I was born). The song wasn’t by anyone trendy, I didn’t own it (and if I did I wouldn’t have admitted to it) but it would regularly come to mind as I entered the world of work and the regular grief I had to take on. The singer? The song? It was the cardigan wearing Val Doonican with “Walk Tall”, the following helped me walk through the office door on many occasion –

Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye,
That’s what my mama told me when I was about knee high,
She said son, be a proud man and hold your head up high,
Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye.

By the time I’d made it to the 90s I was a bit full of myself and running a Continuous Improvement team. Framed on my desk I had the Chinese proverb –

“The man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man who is trying to do it”

Come the 00s I was still on a bit of an ego trip and thought I’d made it, I had my own office, fruit bowl, fresh flowers, the whole kit and caboodle. An indication that I was just a bit too much up myself was the quote from Machievelli that I had up on the wall –

“Never do any enemy a small injury for they are like a snake which is half beaten and it will strike back the first chance it gets.”

Hopefully I’ve now grown up (if I haven’t after all these years then there’s no hope for me) and my credo for this decade I found in The Man in the Arena –

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

What comes next? Who knows? Probably something along the lines of “Just stop over thinking things and do some living for a change!”

What’s all the above got to do with music you ask? Good point. The above all came to mind when I listened to the first line of a cover version by Sky Valley Mistress (more of them in later posts). It’s a song I’ve heard many, many times but this is the first time I’ve heard a woman sing it and the first time in a long, long time that I’ve heard anything on cassette (limited edition of 50 fact fans).

A Stoner Rock take on a heavy metal classic, only Ozzy could have such a warped outlook on life that he ends up “Finished with my woman ’cause she couldn’ t help me with my mind”. But I supposed this was before he met Sharon……..

Sky Valley Mistress – Paranoid (2014) – Cassette

  • Paranoid
  • “secret live track”

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 21, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 14, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 494, Time: 36h 28m 10s

It’s A Bitter Pill

I bought this album when it first came out in February (limited edition of 200 in “Two High Greens” colour vinyl fact fans) and since then it’s been sitting next to the turntable as I’ve been too nervous to play it. The previous album by Blackberry Smoke blew me away (see here) – what if this one didn’t deliver????

I eventually summoned up the courage to play it last week and as the first track kicked in I had a flashback to 1976 – I was trying to convince my mum that the new Queen album “A Day At The Races” was amazing and just as good as “A Night At The Opera” whilst deep inside I ached (as only a 12 year old can) because I knew I was trying to fool myself.

Unfortunately it’s the same here, this isn’t a patch on “The Whippoorwill”, it feels as if they’re trying too hard, they’re no longer good ol’ boys enjoying themselves they’re too busy trying to match what’s gone before. Now that’s not to say that this album’s a bust, there are still some good tracks, but some (like “Let Me Help You (Find the Door)”) just don’t feel like they belong whilst others (take a bow “Rock and Roll Again”) sound just a bit too derivative.

I’m hoping that this will grow on me but initially this has to be rated as a 3 – Good but not Outstanding.

Having said all that I do love the track “Holding All The Roses” and I still want to see them live……………..

Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (2015) – Vinyl

  • Let Me Help You (Find the Door)
  • Holding All the Roses
  • Living in the Song
  • Rock and Roll Again
  • Woman in the Moon
  • Too High
  • Wish in One Hand
  • Randolph County Farewell
  • Payback’s a Bitch
  • Lay It All on Me
  • No Way Back to Eden
  • Fire in the Hole

Rate – 3/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 21, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 14, Downloads – 5

Total Tracks: 480, Time: 35h 36m 33s

There Will Be Riffs

Ruby The Hatchet – Paralyzed / Aurum (Prologue) / Eliminator (2014) – Vinyl

So here we are at Record Store Day 2015 and I’m holding with the promise I made back at the end of March – no new purchases until I’ve completed ten new posts (this is number nine). But to be honest that doesn’t bother me too much when we’re talking about RSD (2015 or any other year) – the PR machine helps get people into independent record shops which is a good thing but there’s never anything released that particularly blows my mind. Then again I suppose it’s not targeted at me, I need no excuse to go out and buy vinyl…..

I discovered Ruby the Hatchet on BandCamp a couple of months ago and immediately bought an LP, Single and TShirt bundle. Hailing from Philadelphia they play psychedelic / doom laden / stoner / Sabbath-esque (please delete / add to as applicable) rock with attitude. I was hoping to catch them play with Blues Pills in the UK but there was a Visa issue (their’s not mine) – hopefully that’ll get sorted, I need to see this group live………..

Bloody good video as well.

Rate – 4/5 Condition – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 21, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 13, Downloads – 5

Total Tracks: 468, Time: 34h 55m 54s

True Manifestations of Acid Mothers Temple

Previously I’ve skirted around Acid Mothers Temple and their convoluted membership, groups and discography – not for any musical reasons, it’s just that I know that if I get too close I’ll be subsumed into their overall ethos and culture.

The other week however I had a triple live album of theirs (well of the AMT + Melting Paraiso U.F.O. variety) land on my doorstep – having come all the way from the US it seemed churlish not to play it. And so it was with some trepidation I put on the album over the holiday weekend and tried to tiptoe along the event horizon.

The tiptoeing failed and I’m now totally within their grasp, the reason? Six sides of serious freak out music………..

  • “Born Free, Stone Free” – What a way to start a concert! The bastard offspring of c1972 Hawkwind and the Heaviest of Metal. Perfect.
  • “It Search Of Lost Divine Arc” – Pink Floyd, as they’re setting the controls for the heart of the sun, with a more modern freak attachment. Perfect.
  • “Pink Lady Lemonade” – Mrs P stuck her head around the door while this was playing to ask why there was satanic like music pulsing through the walls. Perfect.
  • “Cometary Orbital Drive” – I think my heart would have given out if I’d seen this live, just having the beat on record is enough to induce arrhythmia. The steady increase in speed during this track is a modern day “Adjust Me” taken to the extreme – it would have had Dik Mik and Del Dettmar chomping at the bit. Perfect.
  • “Space Speed Suicide” – What a way to finish a concert! Full overdrive as AMT try to ground anyone still standing after the previous 4 tracks. Perfect.

I like it…………

Acid Mothers Temple And The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

High On New Heaven, Live In New Haven (2015) Triple Vinyl

  • Born Free, Stone Free
  • In Search Of Lost Divine Arc
  • Pink Lady Lemonade – including OM Riff From The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Part One
  • Pink Lady Lemonade – including OM Riff From The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Part Two
  • Cometary Orbital Drive
  • Space Speed Suicide

Rate – 5/5

…..only 59 copies left on vinyl as I write this- you can get it here

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 21, Vinyl Singles – 15, LPs – 13, Downloads – 5

Total Tracks: 465, Time: 34h 42m 28s