Friday, 30 November 2018

Bob Dylan - Freewheelin' Again (1963)

When Bob Dylan went into the studio in 1963 to record the follow up to his eponymous debut album, he actually had enough songs to release a double album - something that was unheard of at the time if it wasn't a live recording. Consequently, Dylan and producer John Hammond picked the best thirteen songs and the classic 'Freewheelin'' album was born. However, Dylan did record all of the songs that he brought to the studio, and they eventually leaked out in superb quality a few years ago, and were pressed up on an unofficial CD. This post is most of that disc, but with the alternate takes removed as the best ones had already been used for the main album, and I've also remade the sleeve with a better quality alternate picture from the 'Freewheelin'' photo shoot. If you haven't already heard these songs then you'll be as amazed as I was at just how prolific Dylan was in those early years, and how he could blithely abandon these songs when he came to record the 'Another Side Of...' album the following year.



Track listing

01 Baby Please Don't Go
02 The Death Of Emmett Till
03 Mixed Up Confusion
04 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
05 Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
06 Milkcow's Calf Blues
07 That's All Right
08 Solid Road (Rocks And Gravel)
09 Going To New Orleans
10 Let Me Die In My Footsteps
11 The Ballad Of Hollis Brown
12 Wichita Blues (Going To Louisiana)
13 Whatcha Gonna Do
14 Sally Girl

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Pilot - Scorpio (1976)

Pilot will probably always be remembered for their two biggest hit singles 'Magic' and 'January', but there was much more to them than that. Founder members David Patton and Billy Lyall had both been in the original line-up of The Bay City Rollers, but they left to form Scotch Mist, who released one Alan Parsons-produced single before reforming as Pilot. With Paton and Lyall seemingly able to write superlative pop songs with ease, their first two albums, 'From The Album Of The Same Name' and 'Second Flight' were great collections of classic 70's pop, but their masterpiece was their third 'Morin Heights'. This has remained one of my favourite 70's albums, with Ian Bairnson's epic guitar on 'Maniac' making it one of the best things they ever did, and it also includes yet another great single in 'Canada'. This collection includes the Paton/Lyall-penned b-side of the Scotch Mist single, a couple of Pilot b-sides, some demos and some unreleased tracks, making for an album which I hope will encourage you to try the rest of the discography of this very under-rated band.

  

Track listing

01 Pamela (b-side of the Scotch Mist single 1974)
02 Magic (Original version)
03 Are You In Love (b-side of 'Just A Smile' 1974)
04 Just Let Me Be (b-side of 'Magic' 1974)
05 Cold Stories (Previously unreleased)
06 January (Demo)
07 Lady Luck (Previously unreleased)
08 You're Devotion (Demo)
09 Goldmine (Previously unreleased)
10 Love Is (Demo)
11 Penny In My Pocket (Demo)
12 Scorpio (Previously unreleased)
13 When The Sun Comes (Previously unreleased)

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Public Image Ltd. - Commercial Zone (1983)

'Commercial Zone' is an album of studio recordings by Public Image Ltd., recorded in 1982 and 1983, and released in 1984 by PiL founding guitarist Keith Levene. It includes five songs that were later re-recorded for PiL's fourth official studio album 'This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get', but some songs remain unreleased. In May 1982 drummer Martin Atkins had rejoined the band and PiL started recording their new studio album for Virgin Records at Park South Studios in Manhattan. The band had planned to form their own record label (Public Enterprise Productions) and license its releases to Stiff Records USA for the American market, but these plans never materialised. In early November 1982 PiL announced the imminent release of a new single 'Blue Water' and a six-track mini album 'You Are Now Entering A Commercial Zone' on their new label, but this never happened, and so the band instead continued to record a full-length album at Park South Studios. By March 1983 a new track 'This Is Not a Love Song' was earmarked as a new single by the band, but PiL broke up when first Pete Jones and then Keith Levene left the band. The single was still released, however, and it went to no.5 in the UK single charts.
In mid-1983, in PiL's absence, Keith Levene took the unfinished album tapes and did his own mix. He then flew over to London and presented them to Richard Branson as the finished new PiL album for Virgin Records, but John Lydon decided to completely abandon the tapes and re-record the whole album from scratch with session musicians. This new version of '....Commercial Zone' became 'This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get' in 1984, but Levene decided to release the album himself on the American market and on 30 January 1984 registered the label PIL Records Inc. for this one-off release. The first limited pressing of 10,000 copies was paid  for from Levene's own pocket, and a second pressing (with the track listing changed around and a shorter mix of 'Bad Night') followed in August 1984 in an edition of 30,000 copies, but Virgin Records took legal actions and stopped the distribution of any further re-pressings of 'Commercial Zone'. This post is your chance to hear the first pressing of this now extremely rare PiL album.



Track listing

01 Mad Max
02 Love Song
03 Bad Night
04 Solitaire
05 The Slab
06 Lou Reed (Parts 1 & 2)
07 Blue Water
08 Miller Hi-Life

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The Police - Crime Scene (1982)

I was just putting the finishing touches to this post when I saw online that the band's record company have released the 'Flexible Strategies' album, which collects together the rare b-sides from throughout their career. On checking the track listing, though, I found that they'd missed that chance to make it a truly career-spanning exercise, as they'd omitted to include the band's debut 'Fall Out'/'Nothing Achieving' 7" single, and they also stopped short at adding on their contributions to the 'Brimstone & Treacle' soundtrack. I've therefore decided to post this anyway, as it includes every rare studio recording from their first single to their last recordings, and so is more career-encompassing than the official release.



Track listing

01 Fall Out (single 1977)
02 Nothing Achieving (b-side of 'Fall Out')
03 Dead End Job (b-side of 'Can't Stand Losing You' 1978)
04 Visions Of The Night (b-side of 'Walking On The Moon' 1979)
05 Landlord (b-side of 'Message In A Bottle' 1979)
06 A Sermon (b-side of ' De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da' 1980)
07 Friends (b-side of 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' 1980)
08 Flexible Strategies (b-side of 'Every Little Thing She Does Is magic' 1981)
09 Shambelle (b-side of 'Invisible Sun' 1981)
10 Low Life (b-side of 'Spirits In The Material World' 1981)
11 Once Upon A Daydream (b-side of 'Synchronicity II' 1983)
12 Someone To Talk To (b-side of 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' 1983)
13 Murder By Numbers (b-side of 'Every Breath You Take' 1983)
14 How Stupid Mr. Bates (from the 'Brimstone & Treacle' soundtrack 1982)
15 I Burn For You (from the 'Brimstone & Treacle' soundtrack 1982)
16 A Kind Of Loving (from the 'Brimstone & Treacle' soundtrack 1982)

Enjoy

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Rutles - What Happened To 'Living In Hope'? UPDATE

A couple of people have asked 'What Happened to 'Living In Hope'?', and the simple answer is, I don't know. It was on my original copy of the album, and then somehow got deleted, and I assumed it was because it had already been used elsewhere, but a quick check of the discography shows that it hasn't, so it needs to go back on this album in it's rightful place. It's also the opportunity to make a couple of upgrades, most significantly to the opening track, which I didn't realise was a remix by someone who has since disowned it, and so I replaced it with the original version from 'Archeology', although I've made a couple of edits to remove the false start and add the sound effect at the end, which I thought segued neatly into 'Let's Be Natural'. I've also removed the 'Wild Honey Pie' parody of 'The Sound Of Music' (which was very short, and missed the joke of the Bonzo's version) and replaced it with the Rutles' own 'My Little Ukelele'. Hopefully these upgrades will make for a better listening experience.



Updated track listing on the original post. 

Enjoy

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Rutles - Yellow Submarine Sandwich (2018)

Thanks are due to The_Lifehouse for coming up with the idea for this one. There's been a video on Youtube for a while now of songs from side one of this album, but no-one has ever bothered to complete it with a side two, until he suggested using orchestral pieces like the original album, and he had the great idea of utlising music from the Ren & Stimpy Show. They have a three CD collection of public domain tunes from the 40's and 50's that are used in their shows, and while his choices were mostly perfectly fine, I did trawl through two volumes of the set to see if there were any pieces which I felt matched his track titles a little better, and so I hope he doesn't mind that I've used the ones that I found instead, and by choosing slightly longer pieces I've stretched side two to around 21 minutes. I've also substituted a couple of tracks from the 'song' side as they'd already been used on other albums, but I decided to leave 'Ging Gang Goolie (Yellow Submarine) and 'Love Life' (All You Need Is Love') as the original Beatles songs had already appeared on 'Revolver' and 'Magical Mystery Tour' by the time the film came out, so duplications are allowed in those two cases. Finally, thanks to Rutle's Vinyls for suggesting 'I Like Chinese' as the 'All Together Now' of this set.



Track listing

SIDE ONE
01 Ging Gang Goolie
02 Hush
03 I Like Chinese
04 Hey Bulldog
05 All In The Name Of Love
06 Love Life

SIDE TWO
07 Rutterland
08 Sea Of Space
09 Sea Of Plot Holes
10 Sea Of Creatures
11 Attack Of The Meanies And Sharks
12 Rutterland Laid Waste
13 Yellow Submarine Sandwich In Rutterland

PERFORMERS
* Dirk & Stig (Idle/Fataar) - 01
* Neil Innes - 02, 05
* Eric Idle/Monty Python - 03
* Boxer - 04
* The Rutles - 06
* Ren & Stimpy Production Music - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13

Enjoy / Enjoy

Friday, 23 November 2018

Tin Machine - Tin Machine III (1991)

I've always been a massive Bowie fan, and so I fully embraced his decision to form Tin Machine with the Sales brothers and Reeve Gabrels in 1988, even though a lot of fans weren't so keen to see him become just a quarter of a band rather than the solo star he already was. I thought the eponymous debut album had a lot of great songs on it, and I think the playing was more focused than on some of his solo albums from just before the band formed, so for me it was a welcome change. They stayed together long enough to produce a second album, which inevitably was not quite a good as the first, and then, following the release of a live record, they broke up and Bowie went back to releasing solo albums. During the sessions for the second album the band did try out a few ideas for what could have been a third release, as well as jamming on some improvised blues songs, and there is actually enough reasonable quality material available to put together a possible third Tin Machine album. 'It's Tough But It's OK' seemed to be a serious contender as Bowie recorded numerous takes of it, and I've included two of the best on here. 'Hammerhead' is a great hard rocker, and there are also a couple of nice instrumentals scattered throughout the record, one of which was untitled, but which I've called 'Genesis' to complement the already titled 'Exodus'. Hunt and Tony Sales jammed with Gabrels while Bowie was absent, and produced a number of on-the-spot blues-based pieces, with Gabrels on vocals, and on the bootlegs which feature them they are usually entitled 'Blues Tunes' and run in one fourteen minute track, but I've split them out so that I could sequence them between the songs that feature Bowie. To close we have the Indonesian version of the 'Amalpura' single, ending a not unacceptable third Tin Machine album.



Track listing

01 It's Tough But It's OK
02 Needles On The Beach
03 Hammerhead
04 Exodus
05 It's A Hit
06 You Better Stop
07 It's Tough But It's OK II
08 Blues Tune I
09 Blues Tune II
10 Genesis
11 If You Want It - Parts I & II
12 Amalpura (Indonesian version)

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The Sweet - We Were Always A Rock Band (1975)

The Sweet were one of the biggest bands of the 70's, and in their heyday nearly every single went to No. 1 in the charts; but they didn't just explode onto the scene in 1972 with the glam-rock of 'Blockbuster', 'The Ballroom Blitz' and 'Hellraiser', as they'd already had a few minor hit singles before that with songs such as 'Funny Funny', 'Little Willie' and 'Wig-Wam Bam'. These were very much in the bubblegum pop style, and came from the pen of the duo who wrote all their hits, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who, together with producer Phil Wainman, moulded The Sweet into a hit-making machine. They were so obsessed with getting the perfect sound on the singles that the band weren't even allowed to play on their own records, only being let into the studio to put their vocals on top of the already competed backing tracks. Obviously the band were somewhat put out by this, as they'd always been a hard-gigging band and certainly knew how to play, and so around 1972 they gave ChinniChap and Wainman an ultimatum - either they played on their own records or they walked. Not wanting to lose their hit machine, ChinniChap and Wainman agreed that they could play on all the songs and also write the b-sides. This gave the band the chance to play the music they really wanted, and some of those b-sides are superb hard rockers. As the title of this collection says, though, they'd always been a hard-rock band at heart, and some of those early 70's b-sides were great period heavy rock, with Mick Tucker's 'Done Me Wrong All Right' even fooling John Peel's listeners, when he played it and asked them to guess the band and received suggestions ranging from Deep Purple to Led Zeppelin. This collection of b-sides should go some way to showing what a great hard-rock band The Sweet always were, even during their bubblegum pop phase, if only they'd been given more of a chance to show it.    



Track listing

01 Done Me Wrong All Right
02 Time
03 Spotlight
04 The Juicer
05 Man From Mecca
06 The Spider
07 New York Connection
08 Need A Lot Of Lovin'
09 Burnin'
10 Rock & Roll Disgrace
11 Own Up, Take A Look At Yourself
12 Someone Else Will
13 Miss Demeanor
14 Burn On The Flame

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Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart - Beef Zap (1998)

Following my recent Captain Beefheart post, Craig Cobalt commented that he was also a fan, and had complied his own album made up of Frank Zappa songs which feature the good Captain on vocals. I knew about 'Willie The Pimp' and the 'Bongo Fury' collaboration, but I hadn't heard Zappa's 'Lost Episodes' or 'Mystery Disc' albums, and so I thought that it was worth putting it together to see how it sounded. The answer is 'pretty damn good', and so Chris has given me permission to post it here. He titled it 'Beef Zap', and so I've gone literal with the cover, and the only thing Chris wanted was the first 30 seconds of 'Poofter's Froth Wyoming...' to be cut so that it flowed better, so having done that the result is another fine record from two of rock music's most visionary mavericks. 



Track listing

01 The Birth Of Captain Beefheart
02 Willie The Pimp
03 Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top
04 Debra Kadabra
05 Man With The Woman Head
06 200 Years Old
07 I'm A Band Leader
08 Alley Cat
09 Metal Man Has Won His Wings
10 Lost In A Whirlpool
11 Tiger Roach
12 I Was A Teenage Malt Shop
13 Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead
14 The Grand Wazoo

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Patti Smith - Fire Of Unknown Origin (1988)

Patti Smith was always something of an outsider when she emerged onto the New York punk scene, as she was primarily known as a poet rather than a singer. However, after setting some of her poems to music and recording them with a band that included guitarist and rock archivist Lenny Kaye, she released them as the highly influential 'Horses' album in 1975, and established herself as a leading light in the New York punk community. Before that, though, she'd released the 'Hey Joe'/'Piss Factory' single in 1974, neither of which made it onto 'Horses', with the A-side being a version of the rock standard with the addition of a spoken word piece about fugitive heiress Patty Hearst, who had been kidnapped and confined against her will, and had been repeatedly threatened with execution and raped. The B-side describes the helpless anger Smith had felt while working on a factory assembly line, and the salvation she discovered in the form of a shoplifted book by the 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud, entitled 'Illuminations'. After 'Horses' had made her name she scored her biggest hit with a Bruce Springsteen co-write on 'Because The Night', putting her firmly in the mainstream media. Following a string of successful albums she retired from music in 1988, re-emerging in 1996 for a second wave of success, but her heyday was that decade where she reinvented what a punk band could sound like. Some of the singles that she released during that period contained exclusive b-sides which I've collected here, and listening to them you can hear how her career progressed from punk-poet to fully-fledged musician.   



Track listing

01 Hey Joe (single 1974)
02 Piss Factory (b-side of 'Hey Joe')
03 My Generation (b-side of 'Gloria' 1976)
04 Chicklets (previously unreleased)
05 Godspeed (b-side of 'Because The Night' 1978)
06 Fire Of Unknown Origin (b-side of 'Frederick' 1979)
07 5-4-3-2-1 Wave (b-side of 'Dancing Barefoot' 1979)
08 Wild Leaves (b-side of 'People Have The Power' 1988)
09 As The Night Goes By (Previously unreleased)

Enjoy

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

The Rutles - The Shite Album (2017)

Now that we've worked our way all the way back to the start of the band's career, I just need to mop up with a couple of albums from later on that should have appeared as the start of the series. At the time I didn't realise it was going to take off quite as well as it did, and so I was posting random albums in no particular order, so this is the classic 'The Shite Album' and being a double, it contains a wealth of great songs. I've had to make a few substitutions as usual, and so the track listing posted on the Rutles Wiki page is now missing 'Under My Skin', 'Protest Song', 'Monkey On My Back', 'The Blackest Of Blues', and 'Tubas In The Moonlight', as they've all appeared on previous posts, and I just didn't think 'Hard Times' was up to the quality of the other stuff on here, so I dropped that as well. I hope I've picked some suitable replacements, and I'm particularly pleased that I remembered Vivian Stansall's brilliant 'Labio Dental Fricative' / 'Paper-Round' single, arranged by Neil Innes, as it features guitar from Eric Clapton on both tracks, and so mirrors his contribution to 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' on the original album. 'Sugar Cube 1967' was suggested by TheLazenby, and I hadn't heard it before but it acts nicely as the 'Savoy Truffle' of this set. 'Evolution Number Ten' comes from the band's new 'The Wheat Album', but fits on here perfectly. There is a cover for this on the net, but I've made my own as I wanted to try to get the title to look as though it was embossed onto the sleeve.    



Track listing

Disc One

SIDE ONE
01 We've Arrived! (And To Prove It We're Here) 
02 Let's Be Natural 
03 Unfinished Words 
04 Mr. Eurovision Song Contest Man 
05 My Little Ukelele
06 Hey Mister!
07 Jollity Farm
08 Dream On
09 I Give Myself To You

SIDE TWO
10 Another Day
11 Bad Blood
12 Rutleution 2
13 Living In Hope
14 How's Your Father    
15 Labio Dental Fricative
16 Mother  


Disc Two

SIDE ONE
01 Sausages  
02 Short Blues  
03 Quiet Talks & Summer Walks 
04 Don't Know Why 
05 We Are Normal  
06 Highs And Lows 

SIDE TWO
07 Paper-Round
08 Tent
09 Sugar Cube 1967
10 11 Mustachioed Daughters
11 Godfrey Daniel
12 Evolution Number Ten
13 Scarlet Ribbons


PERFORMERS

Disc One

* The Rutles - 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13
* Nel Innes - 4, 8, 9, 16
* Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - 7, 11
* Patto - 14
* Vivian Stanshall/Neil Innes - 15

Disc Two

* The Rutles - 4, 12 
* The Flames - 6
* Neil Innes - 11
* Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - 3, 5, 8, 10, 13 
* Patto - 1, 9
* Vivian Stanshall/Neil Innes - 7
* GRIMMS - 2

Enjoy

Friday, 16 November 2018

Blind Faith - Blind Faith II (1969)

A second Blind Faith album has always been notoriously difficult to piece together, as although the band spent hours in the studio recording, they only ended up with a couple of actual songs and a load of rambling instrumental jams. One of these was actually released as a single as a promotional item by Island Records, announcing the fact that they were moving their offices. Titled 'Change Of Address From 23 June 1969', the one-sided promo featured an instrumental jam by the group which was not mentioned on the label, (the only other label info is the new address, phone number, and new cable address of Island), and it's thought that around 500 copies of the single were pressed, mostly sent to UK disc jockeys and other music industry insiders. The other completed songs were two versions of Sammy Myers' 'Sleeping In The Ground', and an instrumental entitled 'Time Winds'. To make up a possible second album I've taken four of the long jam sessions and edited them down to include the best five to six minute section of each, and titled them around the band's name. By adding in an electric version of 'Can't Find My Way Back Home', a great version of 'Under My Thumb' from the Hyde Park concert, and a couple of tracks recorded for a proposed Ric Grech solo album, we end up with a 55 minute disc of Blind Faith music - admittedly not one of my best reconstructions due to the lack of finished material, but you still get to hear some fine playing from Clapton, Winwood, Grech and Baker, (and George Harrison on 'Exchange And Mart' and 'Spending All My Days'), so it's worth a listen at the very least.



Track listing

01 Sleeping In The Ground
02 Blind Blues
03 Spending All My Days
04 Under My Thumb
05 Time Winds
06 Rose-Tinted Glasses
07 Can't Find My Way Home
08 Change Of Address
09 Exchange And Mart
10 Blues For The Faithful
11 Sleeping In The Ground (Slow Version)
12 Believe In The Blues

Enjoy

Mumford & Sons - To Darkness (2013)

To coincide with the release of a new album by the band, here's a collections of early, hard to find songs from Mumford & Sons, some of which were issued at the start of the band's career on singles and EP's before they hit the big-time with their 'Sigh No More' album, and a few were tucked away on the b-sides of some of their later singles. I've always had a fondness for the band, as there's too little folk music that gets into the mainstream charts these days, and so if was refreshing to hear their take on the genre, bringing it to an audience that might have never heard the real thing from bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, and I hope that it prompted some of them to check out the inspirations that formed the Mumford's sound.



Track listing

01 Feel The Tide (from the 'Love Your Ground' EP 2008)
02 Liar (from the 'Lend Me Your Eyes' EP 2008)
03 Awake My Soul (from the 'Lend Me Your Eyes' EP 2008)
04 Hold On To What You Believe (from the 'Love Your Ground' EP 2008)
05 The Banjolin Song (from the 'Love Your Ground' EP 2008)
06 But My Heart Told My Head (b-side of 'The Cave And The Open Sea' 2009)
07 To Darkness (b-side of 'Little Lion Man' 2009) 
08 Untitled (b-side of 'The Cave' 2009)
09 For Those Below (bonus track from the 'Babel' album 2012)
10 The Boxer (bonus track from the 'Babel' album 2012)
11 Where Are You Now (bonus track from the 'Babel' album 2012)

Enjoy

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio (1970)

On May 4th, 1970, the Ohio National Guard open fire on college students at Kent State University who were protesting the slaughter of innocent Cambodian civilians by the US military industrial complex. Neil Young wrote a song about it and CSNY rush released it as a single at the end of the month, with 'Find the Cost Of Freedom' as the b-side, and it turned out to be the last CSNY studio recording for 18 years. Despite being banned from many radio stations, it soon became the anthem to the protest movement, so here we'll expand the non-album single into a full-length LP using their solo albums recorded that year, with each track having to include at least two of the members. This is my third revision of the album, and this time I decided to add 'Southern Man' from Neil's solo album 'After the Gold Rush', as it was a regular part of CSNY's set list and includes Stills on background vocals. I removed Stills' 'We Are Not Helpless' which now seems a bit over the top on this otherwise rather somber and serious album, which was recorded during a year of political turmoil, personal heartbreak and Richard Nixon.
Side one opens with the promiscuity anthem 'Love the One You're With', recorded in London by Stills who then added Crosby and Nash's background vocals later on back home. Nash's heartbreaking 'Simple Man' is about his breakup with Joni Mitchell, providing a stark contrast to the upbeat opening number, and taking us deeper into the emotional caverns of the album. 'What Are Their Names?' comes next, providing a rather ominous segue into the title track featuring all four members, followed by the b-side that had actually been played at Woodstock the previous August, but not recorded until May of 1970. That would make a good end to an album side right there, but we'll fill up the remaining space with another heartbreaking Nash song featuring Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar and a gospel-infused Stills number.
Side two begins with 'Music is Love' with both Crosby and Young on vocals, followed by Crosby, Young and most of The Grateful Dead on 'Cowboy Movie'. Nash chimes in with another sad song before the album ends with 'Southern Man', which most likely contains Stills on background vocals, and fits nicely into the overall theme of domestic turmoil, both at the national and personal level. The cover is based on the US 'Ohio' single picture sleeve.



Track listing

01 Love the One You're With
02 Simple Man 
03 What Are Their Names
04 Ohio
05 Find the Cost of Freedom
06 I Used to Be a King
07 Sit Yourself Down 
08 Music is Love 
09 Cowboy Movie
10 Better Days
11 Southern Man 

From The Album Fixer October 2016. All notes and opinions are his.

Ian 'Lemmy' Kilminster - Lemmy Write You A Song (2013)

This post was suggested by a mate at work who's a big Motorhead fan (thanks Tom) who told me that Lemmy often wrote songs for other artists, which I wasn't previously aware of. After a little research I found that he'd written a number of songs with Ozzy Osbourne, as well as collaborating with Lita Ford, Steve Vai and Randy Rhoads among others, and even contributing 'Yesterlove' to Sam Gopal - an early band of his from 1969. Although he didn't specifically write 'Jailbait' for Wendy O Williams, she gives such a spirited rendition - and she used to invite Lemmy on stage to perform it with her - that I've included just the one cover. So this is the best of the songs that Lemmy collaborated on that you might not have realised that he was involved with, and it includes a track that he wrote with Huntress in 2013, which is particularly timely as I've just heard that lead singer Jill Janus has passed away at the age of just 43.  



Track listing

01 I Don't Want To Change The World (Osbourne, Castillo, Purdell, Wylde, Kilminster)
02 Yesterlove (Kilminster)
03 See You On The Other Side (Osbourne, Baron, Purdell, Wylde, Kilminster)
04 Can't Catch Me (Ford, Ezrin, Kilminster)
05 Mama, I'm Coming Home (Osbourne, Rhoads, Purdell, Daisley, Wylde, Castillo, Kilmnster)
06 Jailbait (Clarke, Taylor, Kilminster, Stevenson)
07 Desire (Osbourne, Wylde, Castillo, Kilminster)
08 My Little Man (Osbourne, Vai, Purdell, Wylde, Kilminster)
09 I Want To Fuck You To Death (Huntress, Kilminster)
10 Hellraiser (Osbourne, Wylde, Kilminster)

Enjoy

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The Rutles - The Rutles At The Newcastle Opera House (2004)

For once I don't have to worry about track listings and duplicated tracks, as this is an actual live album from the band, recorded during their 2004 UK tour. It's not the best audience recording, but I've beefed up the sound where it was a bit thin, and I've adapted the Hollywood Bowl sleeve to house it. Now that we've almost completed the band's discography I thought it would be good to hear from the group themselves, and this is a fun way to do that.



Track listing

01 Number One
02 Major Happy's Up And Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band
03 Rendevouz
04 Questionnaire
05 I Must Be In Love
06 The Testing Song
07 With A Girl Like You
08 Hold My Hand
09 Good Tomes Roll
10 Another Day
11 Cheese And Onions
12 Goose-Step Mama
13 Ouch!
14 The Philosopher's Song
15 It's Looking Good
16 Living In Hope
17 Between Us
18 Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik
19 Piggie In The Middle
20 Doubleback Alley
21 Lonely-phobia
22 Easy Listening
23 Joe Public
24 I Love You
25 Shangri-La
26 Let's Be Natural
27 Get Up And Go
28 Back In '64

Enjoy / Enjoy

Friday, 9 November 2018

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Amazing Sounds (1967)

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band should need no introduction, suffice to say that they were one of the most innovative and ground-breaking bands of the 60's and 70's. But like all bands, they had to start somewhere, and when they first formed they made their living by playing clubs around the San Francisco area, with a set list comprising carefully picked covers sprinkled with a few original compositions. This albums captures some of those performances, alongside some early studio demo recordings from around 1966 and 1967, just before the release of the classic 'Safe As Milk' debut album. Some of these songs later turned up on the 'Grow Fins' box set, and are great quality recordings showing the emergence of the band's unique style even from their very earliest incarnation. 



Track listing

01 Obeah Man (Demo 1966)
02 Just Got Back From The City (Demo 1966)
03 I'm Glad (Demo 1966) 
04 Triple Combination (Demo 1966)
05 Here I Am I Always Am (Demo 1966)
06 Somebody In My Home (Live 1966)
07 Tupelo (Live 1966)
08 Evil Is Going On (Live 1966)
09 Old Folks Boogie (Live 1967)
10 Call On Me (Demo 1965 )
11 Yellow Brick Road (Demo 1967)
12 Plastic Factory (Demo 1967)
13 Diddy Wah Diddy (Single 1966)
14 Who Do You Think You're Fooling (b-side of 'Diddy Wah Diddy')
15 Moonchild (Single 1966)
16 Frying Pan (b-side of 'Moonchild')


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Van Der Graaf Generator - Ship Of Fools (1977)

You don't tend to think of Van Der Graaf Generator as a singles band, as they are more known for their string of esoteric prog-rock albums such as 'Pawn Hearts' and 'H To He Who Am The Only One', but they did release a number of singles throughout their career in a failed bid to crack the charts, and a couple of them and their b-sides weren't taken from their then current album. They also recorded some additional material during the 'Pawn Hearts' sessions, as that album was originally intended to be a double, along the lines of Pink Floyd's 'Ummagumma', with two sides being by the group and two sides consisting of individual solo contributions from the band members. As we know, this never came to pass, but I've included three of those solo tracks on this collection, along with the aforementioned singles, b-sides, and a couple of rarities. The cover is taken from the inner gatefold of the 'Pawn Hearts' album, and shows the band playing Crowborough Tennis, a game that they'd invented, which unfortunately seems to show them giving Nazi salutes - which we're assured they were not doing! 



Track listing

01 The Boat Of Millions Of Years (b-side of 'Refugees' 1970)
02 Theme One (Original Mix of the single 1972)
03 W (b-side of 'Theme One')
04 Angle Of Incidents (Guy Evans - 'Pawn Hearts' sessions 1971)
05 Ponker's Theme (David Jackson - 'Pawn Hearts' sessions 1971)
06 Diminutions (Hugh Banton - 'Pawn Hearts' sessions 1971)
07 Squid 1 - Squid 2 - Octopus (Previously unreleased 1971)
08 Ship Of Fools (b-side of 'Cat's Eye' 1977)
09 Door (Previously unreleased studio version 1977)

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Lou Reed - Metal Machine Trio Live (2010)

I haven't posted any live bootlegs on the site yet, as that's not really what it's about, but I've been thinking of posting this one for a while now, if only for the reason that since I got it shortly after the concert at the Royal Festival Hall in 2010, I've never seen it appear on any other sites in the past eight years. This means that there could be Lou Reed fans out there who don't even know that it exists, and it should as it's a part of his long and varied career that shouldn't be overlooked. I know it will have a niche audience, as it's based on the controversial 'Metal Machine Music' album which divided fans throughout the world, but for the live concerts they had to make the music a bit more structured and so I find that I can listen to this live concert much easier than the parent album. The trio of Reed, Ulrich Krieger and Sarth Calhoun performed one 63-minute piece of improvised music, but it's really not as bad as that sounds, as they'd performed other gigs before this one so they were well practiced in what they were doing. For fans of Lou who've never heard it, or for anyone who has a fondness for experimental music, then do give this a listen. 



Track listing

01 Improvisation

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Be-Bop Deluxe - Blue As A Jewel (1978)

Bill Nelson is, in my opinion, a genius of modern music. In a career spanning over 40 years he's produced a staggering number of albums - over one hundred at the last count - covering all genres, from the folk of his 1973 debut 'Northern Dream', to the glam/hard rock of Be-Bop Deluxe, the New Wave stylings of Red Noise, electronic pop singles such as 'Do You Dream In Colour' and 'Rooms With Brittle Views', instrumental albums including 'Sounding The Ritual Echo' and 'Chimera', numerous ambient records, and even heavy guitar rock as recently as 2016 with 'Special Metal'. The sole Red Noise album 'Sound On Sound' is a classic and a personal favourite, but the four year period when he led Be-Bop Deluxe produced some of his most memorable work. Even that band went through changes as they progressed, starting out as a hard rock band, then adding a bit of glam to the proceedings before ending their stint fully immersed in electronics. Along the way they released a number of singles to promote their albums, but tried to treat the fans to exclusive b-sides along the way, so this collection is the best of those hard to find tracks, along with a couple of live versions of songs which never made it to album and a batch of rarities, to remind us just what a great band they were.



Track listing

01 Lights (b-side of 'Maid In Heaven' 1975)
02 Speed Of The Wind (originally only available on 'The Best Of And The Rest Of')
03 Piece Of Mine (Live 1977)
04 Shine (b-side of 'Kiss Of Light' 1976)
05 Japan (Single 1977)
06 Face In The Rain (originally only available on 'The Best Of And The Rest Of')
07 Mill Street Junction (Live 1977)
08 Blue As A Jewel (b-side of 'Panic In The World' 1978)
09 Blimps (originally only available on 'The Best Of And The Rest Of')
10 Lovers Are Mortal (originally only available on 'The Best Of And The Rest Of')


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

The Rutles - Please Rut Me (2017)

We've reached the beginning of the band's career now, with 'Please Rut Me'. A couple of substitutions of this one, as 'Recycled Vinyl Blues' and 'Now She's Left You' have both already appeared on 'Rutles For Sale'. I've also made a slight change to the cover to be more relevant to the track listing than the one to be found on the Rutles Wiki page.



Track listing

SIDE ONE
01 Goose-Step Mama 
02 Stay There
03 You Better Move On 
04 Is It You? 
05 Boys 
06 Another Lonely Man 
07 Please Rut Me

SIDE TWO
08 Monkey On My Back
09 Like Strangers 
10 Don't Play That Song  
11 Modern Casanova 
12 Gone  
13 Under My Skin 
14 Number One  

PERFORMERS

* The Rutles - 01, 07, 13, 14
* The Flame(s) - 03, 04, 05, 09, 10, 11, 12
* Neil Innes - 06
* Ollie Halsall - 08
* Timebox - 02

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