Tag Archives: Various Years

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

Way Out On The Kokomo

For years I only knew Chuck Berry for his totally atypical 1970s hit My Ding-A-Ling. I’d heard that he was meant to be some sort of rock pioneer but I couldn’t get away from the singalong, Bamforth postcard style lyrics that had been dropped in my brain at a young age.

Eventually in was inevitable that classics such as Johnny B Goode would work their way through my wall of denial and misconception. And whilst the songs are rocking you can also hear on occasion the seaside humour that went just to far on My D-A-L but can be forgiven when you consider classics such as No Particular Place to Go –

No particular place to go
So we parked way out on the Kokomo
The night was young and the moon was gold
So we both decided to take a stroll
Can you imagine the way I felt?
I couldn’t unfasten her safety belt!

This budget CD was bought ahead of a long drive down through France and unfortunately, if truth be told, I find it just too draining to play through in one sitting (car seat or otherwise). The is too much in the way of similarity between a lot of the songs and they tend to blend together in my brain, turning into just a sonic wall of Chuck Berry………

However picking the occasional track from the CD and mixing/matching with other artists works just fine.

Chuck Berry – 20 Great Tracks (1992) – CD

  • Maybellene
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Reelin’ and Rockin’
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • Sweet Little Sixteen
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • No Particular Place to Go
  • Memphis Tennessee
  • Wee Wee Hours
  • You Never Can Tell
  • Go Go Go
  • Downbound Train
  • No Money Down
  • Havana Moon
  • House of Blue Lights
  • Crying Steel
  • I’m Just a Lucky So and So
  • Promised Land
  • My Mustang Ford
  • Drifting Heart

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 29, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 685, Time: 50h 49m 12s

There’s A Fire Within My Soul

When compared with a lot of my listening shared to date this seems relatively atypical but if you knew my history you’d understand that’s the point of a lot of music I listen to.

Whilst it was Hawkwind and In Search of Space that made me realise that there was more to music than what I heard in the charts, it was ABBA that made me realise I was being pretentious when telling people what I liked.

It was the mid 80s, I was in my late teens and I was lying in hospital ‘under observation’. I had collapsed at home the previous day and ‘under observation’ meant that they didn’t have the faintest idea what was wrong with me but they thought I may have a brain tumour – if I collapsed again in controlled surroundings they could congratulate themselves on guessing right, if I didn’t there would be a lot of scratching heads. (In fact I didn’t collapse, they did scratch heads, they couldn’t find anything, they prescribed medication, I refused it on the grounds that they didn’t know what they were talking about and 30+ years later I’m still around hale and hearty).

But back then I was lying in bed, everyone had gone home and there was a genuine view (medical and personal) that I might only have very limited time left. I promised myself at that point that I wouldn’t live my life based on other’s expectations but on what I wanted, and needed, to do. It sounds like some sort of grand gesture now but it wasn’t, it was just a statement of fact that initially focused on one minor point – admitting to the sort of music I liked. I vividly remember lying there and thinking “why can’t I admit that I like listening to pop music like ABBA, pop music by definition is ‘popular’ so what’s wrong with it?”

And so began my eclectic progression through the world of music – nothing’s out of bounds and it’s solely my decision whether I like it or not, life’s too short to waste on worrying……….

And this CD is full of catchy, singalong, memorable songs that most people know (whether they realise it or not). Big night out in a few weeks complete with karaoke, who knows I may have a stab at one of these tracks (after all if Pierce Brosnan can do it……….)

Abba – Gold: Greatest Hits (1992) – CD

  • Dancing Queen
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Take a Chance on Me
  • Mamma Mia
  • Lay All Your Love on Me
  • Super Trouper
  • I Have a Dream
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Money, Money, Money
  • S.O.S.
  • Chiquitita
  • Fernando
  • Voulez-Vous
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  • Does Your Mother Know
  • One of Us
  • The Name of the Game
  • Thank You for the Music
  • Waterloo

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 28, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 665, Time: 49h 55m 02s

I’m Just Lookin’ For Some…..

So I’ve been away from the online world for a while – sometimes when there’s too much work coupled with too many life problems you have to revert to the physical world and get things sorted.

So what have I been up to over the last few weeks? Well just the usual – work, listening to music, car problems, listening to music, feeling ill, listening to music – oh, and I saw ZZ Top in concert as well……………

Now ZZ Top were big on my playlist back in the mid-80s when I (along with a large proportion of the music listening world) was blown away by their holy trinity of singles – Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. Prior to the gloss of these releases I had been aware of their back history, the earthy boogie, the gravelly vocals, the long beards (except of course in the case of Mr Beard), the rattlesnakes, the self inflicted gun shot wound but I hadn’t really got into the music.

They fell off of my radar pretty quickly however but this CD, as thoughtful supplied by Mr F ahead of the concert, was perfect for getting up to speed. If truth be told I could do without ever having to listen to their version of “As Time Goes By” again but the rest of the CD is essential listening.

The concert itself was a 4 out of 5 – got close to the front of stage but the mix for the first song was a bit muddy and there were a couple of children (i.e. late teens) in front of me who seemed more interested in talking about the video backdrop and watching the audience than getting involved in the concert itself – with that level of musical disinterest they’ll probably end up being DJs with a Radio 2 breakfast show…………..

The guys looked ancient but then again they always did and if I have half their energy when I’m in my mid-60s I’ll be happy. Having said that they have nothing on Jeff Beck who they introduced on stage to celebrate his 71st birthday and who played the final 20 minutes with them. A rousing “Tush” with a now 4 piece ZZ Top closed the set and sent us out ready for car park wars (Wembley – shame on you, is it really that difficult to organise exit queues????) in a good, boogiefied, state of mind.

ZZ Top – The Very Baddest (2014) – CD

  • Gimme All Your Lovin’
  • Sharp Dressed Man
  • La Grange (2005 Remastered Version)
  • Tush
  • (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree
  • Francine
  • Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (Remastered Version)
  • It’s Only Love
  • Arrested For Driving While Blind
  • I Thank You
  • Cheap Sunglasses
  • Tube Snake Boogie
  • Pearl Necklace (Remastered LP Version)
  • Just Got Paid
  • Waitin’ For the Bus
  • Jesus Just Left Chicago
  • Heard It On the X (Remastered Version)
  • I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
  • Dust My Broom
  • Velcro Fly
  • Party On the Patio
  • Viva Las Vegas
  • Pincushion
  • Legs (Single Version)
  • Got Me Under Pressure (Remastered LP Version)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Rough Boy
  • Doubleback
  • My Head’s In Mississippi
  • Give It Up
  • Just Got Back From Baby’s
  • Blue Jeans Blues (Remastered Version)
  • She’s Just Killing Me
  • What’s Up With That
  • Rhythmeen
  • Loaded
  • Fearless Boogie
  • Mescalero
  • Que Lastima
  • As Time Goes By

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 25, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 17, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 599, Time: 45h 29m 24s

To Fight The Horde

I don’t really subscribe to compilations by artists as I find that some of my favourite tracks are gems hidden within an album. There’s also the issue of context – most albums are sequenced to ensure that the interplay between tracks is maximised, this is totally lost with compilations where tracks recorded across a number of years are thrown together.

Another thing that I really don’t subscribe to is the fact that a company such as Tesco should exist. Not content with buying land, destroying smaller independent shops by turning them into ‘Express’ stores, being investigated for price fixing and an interesting tax structure, we also discover that horse meat contaminated some of their beef products. An interesting approach to customer service………….

But having said that two negatives can make a positive. A couple of years ago I was missing any music to play in the car, had to use a Tesco Superstore and came across a copy of Mothership by Led Zeppelin for only £2 – at that price there’s nothing wrong with a compilation.

Whilst I have a preference for earlier Led Zeppelin there’s nothing wrong with any of the tracks on this album. But for me it doesn’t really work due to the, previously trailed, ‘lack of context’ – I have all the individual albums and it doesn’t seem natural to hear these tracks alongside each other.

But it is a great CD to dip into in the car……………..

Led Zeppelin – Mothership (2007) – CD

      • Good Times Bad Times
      • Communication Breakdown
      • Dazed and Confused
      • Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
      • Whole Lotta Love
      • Ramble On
      • Heartbreaker
      • Immigrant Song
      • Since I’ve Been Loving You
      • Rock and Roll
      • Black Dog
      • When the Levee Breaks
      • Stairway to Heaven
      • The Song Remains the Same
      • Over the Hills and Far Away
      • D’yer Mak’er
      • No Quarter
      • Trampled Under Foot
      • Houses of the Holy
      • Kashmir
      • Nobody’s Fault but Mine
      • Achilles Last Stand
      • In the Evening
      • All My Love

Rate – 3/5 (marked down due to context issues natch)

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 18, Vinyl Singles – 15, LPs – 10, Downloads – 5

Total Tracks: 406, Time: 29h 32m 1s