Friday, 28 December 2018

The Allman Brothers Band - Second Cousins (1973)

As a companion-piece to the Duane Allman post of last week, here's an Allman Brothers album that could have slotted in between 'Brothers and Sisters' and 'Win, Lose Or Draw', to fill the two year gap between those two albums. Following the deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley in quick succession, the band decided to carry on and recruited Lamar Williams to replace Oakley on bass, but chose to use sessions guitarists such as Les Dudek, rather than permanently replace Allman for the 'Brothers And Sisters' recording sessions. They recorded more songs than were needed for the single album, and so these tracks are leftovers from those sessions. A couple of them are as good as songs that made it to the record, while the extended jams were perhaps never intended for release, but they do show the band in a relaxed mood, and have some excellent guitar and organ interplay. I've kept the family theme for the album title, and used the back cover of the released album as a basis for this one.



Track listing 

01 I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
02 Done Somebody Wrong
03 Double Cross
04 A Minor Jam
05 Early Morning Blues

Enjoy

The Slits - Typical Girls (1983)

The title of this album, and the single of the same name, is ironic, as The Slits were anything but typical girls. Starting out as a ram-shackled punk band  before finding their feet with a healthy injection of reggae, they were a pioneering band of the punk and new wave era. The band formed in 1976 when Ari Up and Palmolive were joined by Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt, and quickly became a live favourite, supporting The Clash on their 1977 White Riot tour. They caught the attention of John Peel, who offered them two sessions for his radio show, and some of those tracks are captured here to show what the band originally sounded like as an intensely raucous punk band. When they went into the studio to record their debut album, they took Dennis Bovell on board as their producer, and his influence helped mould the punk/reggae sound of 'Cut' - one of the defining releases of the post-punk era. Their split 7" single with The Pop Group 'In The Beginning There Was Rhythm/'Where There's A Will There's A Way' was another highlight of their career, and subsequent singles kept up that high standard. The band split up shortly after the release of their second studio album 'Return Of The Giant Slits', and although Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt briefly reformed the group in 2005 to release the 'Revenge Of The Killer Slits' album, it's their run of singles from 1979 to 1981, plus the 'Cut' album, for which they are most fondly remembered. This album starts with seven songs from their Peel sessions, so show what they sounded like 'in the beginning', before 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' heralds the change of style for all subsequent releases. 'Man Next Door' is an exclusive mix of the A and B-sides of the 7" single to make one 8 minute track.  



Track listing

01 Love And Romance
02 Vindictive
03 New Town
04 Shoplifting
05 So Tough
06 Instant Hit
07 FM
08 I Heard It Through The Grapevine
09 Man Next Door
10 In The Beginning There Was Rhythm
11 Earthbeat And Earthdub
12 Begin Again Rhythm

Enjoy


The KLF - The Black Room (1992)

'The Black Room' was referred to in interviews even before 'The White Room' was released in 1991. Originally it was planned to be hardcore techno (in the style of and featuring the original version of 'It's Grim Up North'), then electro-metal (like 'America: What Time Is Love?') and finally it was to be a thrash-metal collaboration with Extreme Noise Terror. It would have been the yang to the yin of 'The White Room', being very dense and hardcore, in a  techno-metal sort of style. It was scheduled for release by KLF Communications at the end of 1991, then was put back to March 1992,  but Extreme Noise Terror and the KLF were still recording in February, and so eventually the sessions were abandoned. One track was released from this collaboration, a metal version of '3 A.M. Eternal', and the two bands also performed together at the 1992 Brit Awards ceremony, a performance which NME listed at number 4 in their 'top 100 rock moments'. Although out-takes from the sessions circulate, they have been impossible to verify since they are only instrumentals and feature no vocals, but they certainly sound like Extreme Noise Terror to me, and so we can only imagine what they would sound like with Bill Drummond's vocals on them. This disc collects both parts of the 'It's Grim Up North' single (mixed together into one 16 minute track), the '3 A.M. Eternal' collaboration, the ENT instrumentals and a couple of other out-takes from the sessions. This disc was put together by TheLazenby as part of a series of KLF releases which can be found here http://www.bootlegzone.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=37499&start=0, so thanks to him for all the hard work. 



Track listing

01 It's Grim Up North 
02 I'm Fucked
03 Deep Shit
04 Bite It Harder
05 Thirty-Eight
06 The Black Room
07 Fuck The Election
08 Turn Up The Strobe
09 3 A.M. Eternal
10 Jerusalem On The Moors
11 What Time Was Love

Enjoy / Enjoy

The Move - Vote For The Move (1971)

There are many, many Move compilations around, but I've yet to find one that concentrates on the hard to find b-sides and non-albums singles, as of course they need to put the hits on there to sell the records. Consequently I had to make my own, to complement the studio albums that I have by them. The Move has always been a favourite band, and in my opinion Roy Wood is one of the UK's best ever songwriters, so you can pretty much guarantee that even obscure b-sides will be well worth hearing, and that has turned out to be the case for songs that even I hadn't previously heard. It's surprising just how many huge hit singles were never added to their albums, as any other band would have tucked 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow' or 'Blackberry Way' onto an album to promote sales, but The Move had more than enough great songs already, so they could afford to leave them off and still produce superb albums. This collection is named after a rare b-side that would have appeared on the flip of 'Cherry Blossom Clinic' in 1967, before it was cancelled amid fears that the lyrics, about the inmates of a mental institution, might be accused of being in bad taste. Their last album 'Message From The Country' was released in 1971, so their trilogy of post-album singles 'Tonight'/'Chinatown'/
'California Man' ended their career on a massive high, with three of their best rock songs.  



Track listing

01 Night Of Fear (single 1966)
02 Disturbance (b-side of 'Night Of Fear')
03 I Can Hear The Grass Grow (single 1967)
04 Wave Your Flag And Stop The Train (b-side of 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow')
05 Vote For Me (b-side of aborted 'Cherry Blossom Clinic' single 1967)
06 Wild Tiger Woman (single 1968)
07 Omnibus (b-side of 'Wild Tiger Woman')
08 Blackberry Way (single 1968)
09 Something (b-side of 'Blackberry Way')
10 Curly (single 1969)
11 This Time Tomorrow (b-side of 'Curly')
12 Lightning Never Strikes Twice (b-side of 'Brontosaurus' 1970)
13 Tonight (single 1971)
14 Chinatown (single 1971)
15 Down On The Bay (b-side of 'Chinatown')
16 California Man (single 1971)
17 Do Ya (b-side of 'California Man')

Enjoy / Enjoy

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Bob Dylan - Dylan At The Movies - Vol. 1 (2007) & Vol. 2 (2015)

Back in November, Rod commented that the Dylan album that he wanted to see was one called 'Dylan At The Movies' - a collection of Bob Dylan's contributions to movie soundtracks. So for him and everyone else, here it is. I was surprised at just how many songs Dylan had written exclusively for films, while a number of them used alternate versions of more well-known songs, so it was interesting to try to collect them all together from various sources. Quite a few came from the 'Bootleg Collection' series, so the filmmakers seemed to be trying to get away from the obvious selections and go for something a bit different, and in the end there were so many tracks that I decided to split the album into two volumes of vinyl album length. The first song on 'Volume 1', 'Band Of The Hand (It's Hell Time Man)', was recorded for the film of the same name using Tom Petty's Heartbreakers as his backing band, and this volume features nearly all original songs, while 'Volume 2' plunders the 'Bootleg Collection' for some intriguing choices which the filmmakers felt enhanced their movies. Other than tracks 3, 7 and 8, all the songs on 'Volume 1' were penned just for the film, and were never included on any of his studio albums. 



Track listing

01 Band Of The Hand ('Band Of The Hand' 1986) original song (with The Heartbreakers)
02 Things Have Changed ('Wonder Boys' 2000) original song
03 Fourth Time Around ('Vanilla Sky' 2001) live at Royal Albert Hall
04 Waiting For You '(Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood' 2002) original song
05 'Cross The Green Mountain ('Gods And Generals' 2003) original song
06 Tell Ol' Bill ('North Country' 2005) original song
07 I'll Keep It With Mine ('The Wendell Baker Story' 2005) Blonde On Blonde out-take
08 Quit Your Low Down Ways ('Two Tickets To Paradise' 2006) The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3
09 Huck's Tune ('Lucky You' 2007) original song



Track listing

01 I'm Not There ('I'm Not There' 2007) out-take from The Basement Tapes
02 Walkin' Down The Line '(Lymelife' 2008) from The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3
03 Don't Think Twice, It's Allright ('The Help' 2011) from The Witmark Demoa
04 Suze (The Cough Song) ('Hick' 2011) from The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3
05 When The Ship Comes In ('Hick' 2011) from The Bootleg Series Vol 7
06 Farewell ('Hick' 20111) from The Witmark Demos
07 Series Of Dreams ('Bombay Beach' 2011) from The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3
08 Moonshiner ('Bombay Beach' 2011) from The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3 
09 This Land Is Your Land ('Foxcatcher' 2015) from The Bootleg Series Vol 7 
10 Red River Shore ('Gruber Geht [Gruber Goes]' 2015) from The Bootleg Series Vol 8 

Enjoy

Merry Christmas


Friday, 21 December 2018

Amy Winehouse - Procrastination (2011)

A couple of days ago I stumbled on an article from Rolling Stone magazine which discussed the 10 best unreleased songs by Amy Winehouse (see here https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/amy-winehouse-10-great-unreleased-songs-109169/). Never one to shirk from a challenge, I decided to track them all down and see if they really were as good as they said, and the simple answer is, yes they are. I've always rated 'Frank' as her best album, and so it was interesting to see that a lot of these songs are from the early part of her career, so I had high hopes that they would live up to my expectations. 'All My Loving' was recorded for the TV documentary 'Glastonbury Calling' in 2004, and although 'You Always Hurt The Ones You Love' has yet to surface as a completed song, we do have a record of Winehouse reciting the lyrics in the film 'Amy', so I've included that as a sort of poem with musical backing. 'Money (No More Jazz 'n' Blues)' dates from around 2001, and is the oldest song here, while 'When My Eyes' was recorded during the sessions for 'Frank' but left off the final track-list, and 'Long Day' was recorded just after the release of that album. The other tracks come from various points in her career, but hold up really well as a cohesive album, and I've added a demo and a couple of rare b-sides at the end to make for an album of a reasonable length. The picture that accompanied the article really captured her vulnerability, so I've used it for the cover.    



Track listing

01 Long Day
02 When My Eyes
03 Trilby
04 Procrastination
05 Alcoholic Logic
06 Detachment
07 Money (No More Jazz 'n' Blues)
08 Beat The Point To Death
09 All My Loving
10 You Always Hurt The Ones You Love (Poem)
11 Do Me Good (b-side of 'Rehab' 2006)
12 What It Is (demo)
13 'Round Midnight (b-side of 'Take The Box' 2004)

Enjoy

A Certain Ratio - ACR7982 (1982)

Readers with long memories will recall that in my recent 23 Skidoo post I mentioned that I'd decided to compile that album after starting one for A Certain Ratio and recalling that both bands had a similar trajectory in their careers - starting out with an indie/punk 7" single, and then almost immediately going down the indie/funk route for their next release, and from then on concentrating on 12" releases rather than 7"ers. A Certain Ratio just had the edge, and so were more successful than 23 Skidoo, and during their golden period of 1979-1982 they released a string of excellent 12" singles, all of which are collected here, mostly ripped from my old vinyl. The original idea for this collection came from the Save Your Face blog, as he put together a similar collection some time ago, but his was a mixture of singles, album tracks, live recordings and Peel sessions, and I really wanted all of the non-album tracks in one place, although I did like his cover enough to adapt it for this post. It's just over an hour long, but then dance albums often can be lengthy, as the tracks can sometimes stretch out a bit, so in this case i'm prepared to treat this as a CD release rather then try to cut it down to album size.



Track listing

01 All Night Party (single 1979)
02 The Thin Boys (b-side of 'All Night Party')
03 Flight (single 1980)
04 Blown Away (b-side of 'Flight')
05 ...And Then Again (b-side of 'Flight')
06 Do The Du (Casse) (from the 'Do The Du (Casse)' 12" single 1981)
07 The Fox (from the 'Do The Du (Casse)' 12" single 1981)
08 Shack Up (from the 'Do The Du (Casse)' 12" single 1981)
09 Son And Heir (from the 'Do The Du (Casse)' 12" single 1981)
10 Waterline (single 1981)
11 Funaezekea (b-side of 'Waterline')
12 Guess Who (single 1982)
13 Knife Slits Water (single 1982)
14 Kether Hot Knives (Mix In Special) (b-side of 'Knife Slits Water')

Enjoy

Duane Allman - Goin' Down Slow (1969)

A new visitor suggested trying to piece together Duane Allman's aborted solo album from 1969, and although I had already thought of doing this, as well as Gregg's from the same year, in both cases there was a lack of available songs to really make it happen. However, I thought I'd give it another go, and have come up with the premise of using songs that Allman recorded with other bands in the same year that he was making his solo album, and on which he is prominently featured on guitar. This means that I can include his stunning guitar-work on Boz Scaggs' eponymous 1969 album, as well as a track from Barry Goldberg's release of the same year. Add to this the three songs which have survived on which Allman sings as well as plays, and a throwaway instrumental with his friends Johnny 'Duck' Sandlin and Eddie 'Bear' Hinton, and we have a 43 minute album featuring the best of Duane Allman's superlative playing from 1969. If we just pretend that Scaggs and Goldberg are guest vocalists then it makes for a pretty good approximation of a Duane Allman solo record. 



Track listing

01 Goin' Down Slow
02 Finding Her (Boz Scaggs vocal)
03 No Money Down
04 Loan Me A Dime (Boz Scaggs vocal)
05 Going Up The Country
06 Happily Married Man
07 Twice A Man (Barry Goldberg vocal)
08 Look What I Got (Boz Scaggs vocal)

Enjoy

Thin Lizzy - Black Boys On The Corner (1976)

Around 2012 there was great excitement in the music press at the news that a friend of Phil Lynott's had been given 150 cassette tapes with up to 700 songs on them just before Lynott's death in 1986, and had kept them hidden away until then. Rumours abounded that there was the very real possibility that they would be released in some form as a box set, but it's six years later and we're still waiting, with current talk on the net implying that it now might never happen due to insurmountable problems encountered along the way. So to fill the gap I thought I'd post this collection of rare b-sides and hard to find out-takes to tide us over. It might be a bit of a surprise to see 'Whiskey In The Jar' on here, but it never did make it to a studio album, only appearing on compilations over the years. I bought the 7" single when it came out, and always loved the b-side as it was so different to the flip, and that is the case with a number of their pairings of tracks for their singles. This album also includes one of my all-time favourite songs of theirs in 'Sitamoia', as well as a batch of unreleased songs from 1975 and 1976. I've named the album after that 'Whiskey In The Jar' b-side.



Track listing

01 The Farmer (single 1970)
02 I Need You (b-side of 'The Farmer')
03 Whiskey In The Jar (single 1972)
04 Black Boys On The Corner (b-side of 'Whiskey In The Jar')
05 Here I Go Again (b-side of 'The Rocker' 1973)
06 Cruising In The Lizzymobile (previously unreleased)
07 Little Darling (single 1974)
08 Sitamoia (from the 'Remembering Part 1' album) 
09 Half Castle (b-side of 'Rosalie' 1975)
10 Try A Little Harder (previously unreleased)
11 Song For Jesse (previously unreleased)
12 Leaving Town (previously unreleased)
13 Blues Boy (previously unreleased)
14 Scott's Tune (previously unreleased Scott Gorham instrumental)

As a bonus I've also included the band's 'New Day' EP from 1971 in the download.



01 Dublin
02 Remembering Part Two (New Day)
03 Old Moon Madness
04 Things Ain't Working Out Down At The Farm

Enjoy

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The Rutles - LUNCH (2010)

As a fitting finale to my posting of the complete Rutles discography I give you the Rutles answer to the Beatles 'Love' album. Painstakingly put together over a number of years by a fan with way too much time on his hands, this album is the perfect way to close the series. There are loads of notes and the history of the making of the album included in the folder, so do read his account of making this masterpiece.

'LUNCH' is a unique collaboration between Rutle Corps and Circle of Hay celebrating the musical legacy of The Rutles. A legacy that will last long after other musical legacies have ended.
Born from a personal friendship and mutual admiration between now-retired Stig O'Hara and Circle founder Captain Liberty, 'LUNCH' brings the manic energy of Circle of Hay together with the spirit and trousers behind the semi-legendary Prefab Four to create a vivid, intimate and powerful entertainment experience.
The southwestern cast of actors, riders and dancers channel a raw, amateur energy underscored by performance, rodeo and country square dance. With stereophonic sound and stereoscopic visuals, the audience experience The Rutles as not-quite before... 

The Show - 
A Pre-History         Time Goes By, As We All Know

In the nearly 40 years since The Prefab Four - The Rutles - released their final album, "Shabby Road", the world has probably changed. 
Men walked on the moon and then gave it up, finding that they could bounce higher and faster on backyard trampolines. The Soviet Bloc toppled like dominoes...except that, with Communism being inherently classless, the dominoes were all unnumbered. The recording industry, always a numbers game, stunningly found itself unable to go truly digital - where only 2 numbers are required.
After being asked by aging A&R man Archie Macaw to make experimental mixes from The Rutles' master tapes for a collaboration with Circle of Hay, Stumpy Mountbatten, the son of Rutles manager Leggy Mountbatten was shocked to discover The Rutles' original tapes had vanished. Fortunately, 2 Rutles CDs were still in print and provided the material to create 'LUNCH'. Working with these CDs and a computer his father bought surplus from the East Adelaide Primary School, Stumpy has created a unique soundscape. This album, which was featured in the Circle of Hay/Rutles collaborative production of the same name at Tulsa's Central Community Center, has been hardly expected.

Never ones to celebrate anniversaries, The Rutles are back because, well, why not?





Track listing

Between Us
Get Up and Go
Unfinished Words
Lonely-Phobia
Now She's Left You (transition)
Piggy in the Middle
Hold My Hand
Goose-Step Mama / It's Looking Good / Blue Suede Schubert
Ouch!
Another Day
Nevertheless/Joe Public
Good Times Roll
I Love You (transition)
Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik / Let's Be Natural
Questionnaire (transition)
Hey Mister!
We've Arrived! (And to Prove It We're Here)
Cheese and Onions
Shangri-La
Major Happy's Up And Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band (reprise)
Love Life


Friday, 14 December 2018

Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan Vol. 2 (1962)

As I mentioned in my 'Freewheelin' Again' post, in his early recording days Dylan tended to take more songs into the studio than were needed for an album, and as he recorded all of them then there are some great quality out-takes floating around. I found this bootleg online, combining the officially released debut album with a number of rare out-takes, so I've extracted the songs which didn't make that debut and added in some others from the same year to make up a companion to his debut album, which I've called 'Vol. 2'. 'House Carpenter', 'He Was A Friend Of Mine', and 'Man On The Street' (a Dylan composition) were recorded at the debut album sessions, although this version of 'Man On The Street', along with a couple of the other songs, are live takes. The rest of the tracks were mostly recorded for radio broadcasts, such as 'Folksinger's Choice' with Cynthia Gooding in 1962, so the quality is exceptional for the period. I really liked the cover that came with the bootleg, but it listed the songs from the debut album, so I've removed them and replaced them with the songs on this compilation. 


Track listing

01 Roll On John
02 Hard Times In New York
03 He Was A Friend On Mine
04 Smokestack Lightning
05 No More Auction Block
06 Stealin' Stealin'
07 House Carpenter
08 Man On The Street
09 Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
10 Omie Wise
11 Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie
12 Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues
13 The Girl I Left Behind
14 Worried Blues
15 Kingsport Town

Enjoy

Roxy Music - The Pride And The Pain (1982)

Having just watched a documentary about Roxy Music on BBC4, and being reminded  just what an innovative and ground-breaking band they were in their early days, I think now is the time to post this little collection. Neither side of either of their first two singles appeared on an album until reissues started to appear in the CD era, and while having one non-album single wasn't unheard of at the time, having two in a row was a statement of intent - Roxy Music weren't going to play by the rules. While most people cite the presence of Brian Eno as the reason that the band sounded so unique, in my opinion Andy Mackay was an unsung hero in shaping their sound - how many electric oboes had you heard before their first album came out. Adding Eno and Mackay's input to Bryan Ferry's idiosyncratic vocals, Phil Manzanera's under-stated guitar, and having the whole thing underpinned by the powerhouse rhythm section of Paul Thompson and Graham Simpson made for a band that confounded expectations. Even after they'd broken into the big-time they still looked after their fans by including exclusive songs on the b-sides of most of their singles, and this often gave them the chance to try something a bit different, so all the songs on this collection are well worth a listen.



Track listing

01 Virginia Plain (single 1972)
02 The Numberer (b-side of 'Virginia Plain')
03 Pyjamarama (single 1973)
04 The Pride and the Pain (b-side of 'Pyjamarama')
05 Hula Kula (b-side of 'Street Life' 1973)
06 Your Application's Failed (b-side of 'All I Want Is You' 1974)
07 Sultanesque (b-side of 'Love Is the Drug' 1975)
08 Trash 2 (b-side of 'Trash' 1979)
09 Manifesto (Remake) (b-side of 'Over You' 1980) 
10 South Downs (b-side of 'Oh Yeah' 1980)
11 Lover (b-side of 'Same Old Scene' 1980)
12 Always Unknowing (b-side of  'Avalon' 1982)


The 13th Floor Elevators - Headstone (1966)

Before The 13th Floor Elevators went into the studio to record their now classic 'Psychedelic Sounds...' album, they'd already recorded enough songs for an album for Contact Records, which was to be entitled 'Headstone'. The songs were laid down during sessions in January and February 1966, but the deal fell through and the album was never released. When they reconvened to tape 'Psychedelic Sounds...' they only reused about half of the songs they'd previously taped, and so this album contains some great previously unreleased songs, as well as different versions of the ones they re-recorded, and also a rare acetate of 'Reverberation'. The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the best ever US garage bands of the 60's, and so any new material from their early days has to be worth hearing, and this album certainly falls into that category.


Track listing

01 You're Gonna Miss Me
02 Rollercoaster
03 Now I'm Home (Splash 1)
04 I'm Gonna Love You Too
05 Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
06 Fire Engine
07 You Can't Hurt Me Anymore
08 Take The Girl
09 Where Am I (Thru The Rhythm)
10 Monkey Island
11 Reverberation
12 Tried To Hide


Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Are Clever Bastards (1982)

Ian Dury exploded onto the punk/new wave scene with his first solo single 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' in 1977, and it kick-started a career revival for the former singer with Kilburn & The High Roads. Following it's success he put together a backing band that he christened The Blockheads, and proceeded to release a string of classic singles and albums. The Blockheads were all experienced musicians, and so were able to complement Dury's lyrical flights of fancy with great tunes that stuck in the memory. When 'New Boots And Panties!!' was eventually released, neither side of that first single was on it, making it even more sought after, and that was the start of a trend, as they often released singles as tasters for albums which then didn't feature the song or it's b-side. In 1977 Stiff Records gave away a freebie 7" single of 'Sex & Drugs...' with two exclusive Kilburn & The High Roads songs on the b-side, and in 1981 the NME offered their readers the chance to purchase one of their cassette compilations featuring Dury's 'Close To Home', being the only place to find it until it appeared on reissue albums some years later. So here are all those songs in one place, as a snapshot of the first six years of Dury's career as godfather of the UK punk scene.
   

Track listing

01 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (single 1977)
02 Razzle In My Pocket (b-side of 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll')
03 You're More Than Fair (b-side of 'Sweet Gene Vincent' 1977)
04 Two Steep Hills (b-side of 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' Stiff Freebie 1977)
05 England's Glory (Live) (b-side of 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' Stiff Freebie 1977)
06 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (single 1978)
07 There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards (b-side of 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick')
08 What A Waste (single 1978)
09 Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3 (single 1979)
10 Common As Muck (b-side of 'Reasons To Be Cheeful')
11 Close To Home (from NME's 'C81' cassette 1981)
12 The Ballad Of Johnny Funk (b-side of 'Ban The Bomb' 1982)


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The Rutles - Live At The Rat Kellar 1962

Well, we've finally come to end of my posting of the complete Rutles discography, and having now used up just about every suitable song from The Rutles, The Flames, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Neil Innes, Timebox, Patto, Boxer, GRIMMS and Ollie Halsall, all I was left with from the various compilations of the band were a few live recordings and some rehearsals takes. I was going to call it a day, but then tried to think if there was way that I could use the live tracks, and had the idea of putting together a 'Star Club'-style live album. As the rehearsals were mostly the band live in the studio, it fitted together quite nicely, and with some fake audience noise added to them I had a reasonable live album. It's not perfect, as I had to use a few later period songs to flesh it out as there just weren't enough good quality recordings available of the 'early' stuff, but I tried to pick the rockier ones so that they blended in. 'Get Up And Go' is one such track, which I wanted to slot in as this take uses a different melody from the version we know and love. Despite containing fifteen songs, it's still a shortish album at just 36 minutes, but I hope it works as a snapshot of what the band sort of sounded like in '1962'.



Track listing

01 I Must Be In Love
02 With A Girl Like You
03 Ouch!
04 Another Day
05 Hold My Hand
06 It's Looking Good
07 Baby Let Me Be
08 Hey Mister!
09 Now She's Left You
10 Blue Suede Schubert
11 Goose Step Mama
12 Living In Hope
13 Get Up And Go
14 Plenty Of Time
15 Number One

Tracks 1-5 are various live recordings. Tracks 6-15 are rehearsal takes.

Enjoy / Enjoy

Friday, 7 December 2018

Revolver - Northern Songs (1979)

If you're a big fan of the Beatles then you may be aware of an outfit called The Beatnix, an Australian power-pop/Beatles tribute band who released an album in 1994 called 'It's Four You'. This comprised songs written by Lennon & McCartney but never actually recorded by the Beatles (other than 'That Means A Lot' which eventually turned up on the aborted 'Sessions' album), instead being given away to other artists for them enjoy the chart successes. Bands including The Applejacks, The Fourmost, and Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, and singers such as Cilla Black, Tommy Quickley, Peter And Gordon, and P J Proby all benefited from Lennon & McCartney's generosity, and although the songs were never recorded by the Beatles themselves you probably already know them from the hit versions. It was a great idea for an album, but they weren't actually the first to come up with the concept, as Liverpool band Revolver had already done it 15 years earlier, when they issued their 'Northern Songs' album in 1979. Both records obviously feature the same songs, but there is a big difference in the styles in which they are performed, with Revolver giving them a more authentic feel, being how I imagine they would have sounded had the Beatles recorded them in the mid-60's. The Beatnix versions are perfectly fine, but some of the arrangements are a bit too modern, and there is a 90's production sheen to the album, whereas you need the songs to sound as raw as possible to get the right atmosphere. I've had my vinyl copy of this album for many years, and have never seen another one since, so it's extremely rare, but it is definitely worth hearing if you're either a Beatles fanatic or just have a passing interest. The Beatnix version is also worth hearing, so I'm posting that as well so that you can compare the two. I always felt that the only thing that let the album down was the disappointing artwork, so I've given it a bit of a boost for this post, while still keeping the original concept. 


Original cover

Original back cover


Track listing

01 One And One Is Two
02 Bad To Me
03 World Without Love
04 Love Of The Loved
05 I'll Keep You Satisfied
06 That Means A Lot
07 I'll Be On My Way
08 I Don't Want To See You Again
09 Hello Little Girl
10 Goodbye
11 Tip Of My Tongue
12 Nobody I Know
13 From A Window
14 Step Inside Love
15 Like Dreamers Do
16 It's For You
17 I'm In Love

Enjoy

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Cockney Rebel - Another Journey (1983)

If you mention Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel to most people they'll probably quote 'Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)' as their favourite song, but it's never really been one of mine, as I'd loved the band from the time that I bought their 'The Psychomodo' album in 1975, and I rate singles such as 'Mr. Soft', 'Judy Teen' and 'Sebastian' much higher. I always felt that they'd taken the commercial dollar with 'Make Me Smile', and was worried that this was the start of a decline of a favourite band, but luckily with 'Timeless Flight' they turned it around and came back with their best album yet, including superb songs such as 'White, White Dove', 'Red Is A Mean, Mean Colour' and 'Black Or White'. Early singles often included exclusive b-sides, and their last couple were more or less stand-alone Harley releases, as the band had quietly broken up around 1977. This collection includes songs that deserve to be heard, as they are often as good as the a-sides, and even Harley's take on Mike Batt's 'Ballerina' is worth hearing, as is it's b-side 'Face To Face', which is so hard to find online that I had to rip my own vinyl copy for this post.



Track listing

01 Rock And Roll Parade (b-side of 'Sebastian' 1973)
02 Such A Dream (b-side of 'Psychomodo' 1974)
03 Judy Teen (single 1974) 
04 Spaced Out (b-side of 'Judy Teen')
05 Another Journey (b-side of 'Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)' 1975)
06 Throw Your Soul Down Here (b-side of 'White, White Dove' 1976)
07 Sidetrack I (b-side of 'Love Is A Prima Donna' 1976)
08 Lay Me Down (b-side of 'Here Comes The Sun' 1976)
09 I Can't Even Touch You (single 1982)
10 I Can Be Anyone (b-side of 'I Can't Even Touch You')
11 Ballerina (Prima Donna) (single 1983)
12 Face To Face (b-side of 'Ballerina')


Walter Becker & Donald Fagen - Sun Mountain (1970)

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen met in 1967 at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. As Fagen passed by a café, The Red Balloon, he heard Becker practicing the electric guitar. He introduced himself to Becker and asked, "Do you want to be in a band?" Discovering that they enjoyed similar music, the two began writing songs together. After Fagen graduated in 1969, the two moved to Brooklyn and tried to peddle their tunes in the Brill Building in midtown Manhattan. Kenny Vance (of Jay and the Americans), who had a production office in the building, took an interest in their music, which led to work on the soundtrack of the low-budget Richard Pryor film 'You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat' (which I'll be posting later), which they later admitted that they did solely for the money. They also recorded a number of demos between 1968 and 1970 which have since leaked onto the internet in various forms. They are notable for their sparse arrangements (Fagen plays solo piano on many songs) and lo-fi production, in stark contrast with Steely Dan's later work, and although some of these songs ('Caves of Altamira', 'Brooklyn', 'Barrytown') were re-recorded for Steely Dan albums, most were never officially released. For this collection I've chosen the best of those unreleased songs, and so haven't included ones that later turned up on Dan albums. As previously mentioned, the quality isn't the best, but you can still hear the spark of what was to become one of the best song-writing partnerships in modern music.



Track listing

01 Don't Let Me In
02 A Little With Sugar
03 Sun Mountain
04 Android Warehouse
05 You Go Where I Go
06 The Mock Turtle's Song
07 Undecided
08 Come Back, Baby
09 Stone Piano
10 The Yellow Peril
11 I Can't Function
12 This Seat's Been Taken
13 The Braintap Shuffle

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Hawkwind - I Am The Eye (1977)

Following on from my recent post of Hawkwind's singles, this one collects some of the out-takes from their albums, from their earliest titles as Hawkwind Zoo through to their late 70's releases. Not much else to say - it's just Hawkwind being Hawkwind, and giving us some great examples of their classic space-rock sound.



Track listing

01 Mirror Of Illusion (1970)
02 Kiss Of The Velvet Whip (as Hawkwind Zoo 1969)
03 Ejection (1972)
04 Dawn (1975)
05 On The Road (1975)
06 Circles (1975)
07 I Am The Eye (1975)
08 Hash Cake Cut (1977)
09 Uncle Sam's On Mars (1977)
10 Robot (1977)

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Rutles - Rut Sounds (2017)

Not much to say about this one, other than the official press release from the band's press office. Glad to finally post this, as it includes some great songs like 'Immortal Invisible', 'Useless Illusion', and 'Down That Road'.
'Rut Sounds' is a 1966 album recorded by The Rutles. It was originally going to be an album by Les Garçons de la Plage (under the name "Pot Sounds"), but after their sudden breakup, Leggy Mountbatten decided to let the Rutles record it instead. This album has gone on to be considered one of the greatest albums of all time, second only to 'Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band'. Originally, the album was part of the US discography, but it was later added to the UK discography when The Rutles albums were first released on CD. 
There is an alternative cover around, but the picture of the band on donkeys was quite low-res, so I grabbed this screenshot from the 'All You Need Is Cash' film as I felt it fitted better with the vibe of the album, and I changed the font to resemble it's parent album.


Original cover


Track Listing

SIDE ONE
01 See The Light
02 Love Has Got Me 
03 Useless Illusions
04 Lie Down And Be Counted
05 Let's Go Away For Some Wine 
06 Etcetera

SIDE TWO 
07 Early Morning Train 
08 Immortal Invisible
09 Sometimes It Happens 
10 God Is Love 
11 Rut Sounds
12 Down That Road 

PERFORMERS

*The Flames - 01, 03, 08
*Neil Innes - 04, 06, 10, 12
*Timebox - 02
*Ollie Halsall - 05, 11
*Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - 07
*Brian Patten - 09

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