Monday, 24 October 2016
Last week while attempting the mammoth task of painting our hall, stairwell and upstairs I fired on some cds that I hadn't listened to in ages including the most excellent "For Millionaires Only " series from the Goldsoul label, volumes 1 through four. As the title suggests these records if bought seperately on 7" vinyl would cost an absolute fortune, all being at least in three figures many in the thousands . While playing volume four a song came on which was really familiar but which sounded a bit on the fast side, so I consulted the cover to be informed that the song was "Why (I Want To Know) by Nat Hall and then I noticed that the next tune was also a version of Why this time by Willie Mason and All The Kings Men", that must be the version I'm more familiar with I thought and so waited for it to be play but the muffled version with the incongruous wah wah guitar was even less familiar than the previous song. So I played the Nat Hall original again but I was still sure that this was not the version that I knew. Over the next couple of days it bugged me and on Saturday I decided thast it was time to go through the northern boxes to find my version. I was sure that I had played it on vinyl and I knew that I didn't have a copy of the Hall version and after consulting the sleeve notes of the cd I was sure that it wasn't the Willie Mason release on Ka-La-Ma records as I had never heard of the label.
After quite a bit of rooting about the northern boxes I found the song on the flip side of a cover of It's Your Voodoo Working by Eugene Morgan on the Full Sail label. This version is slightly slower in tempo, a bit more moody and I think superior not least due to the organ solo to the other two versions.
Eugene Morgan - Why
And to compare and contrast.
Nat Hall - Why (I Wan't To Know)
Willie Mason & All The King's Men - Why
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
I love Camera Obscura. When they are miserable they are great and when they are joyous as they are here. well they are hard to top. So when Honey In The Sun came on the ipod yesterday it was kind of bittersweet as it lifted my mood as I am spending another week off painting! But also last Tuesday marked a year since the passing of Carey Lander.
Camera Obscura - Honey In The Sun (Vic Galloway session 11-05-09)
Please watch the video
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
I am no longer sure which is my favourite version of Stepping Stone, it used to be The Monkees version and then when I eventually heard it, it was the disputed first recorded version by Paul Revere & The Raiders but at present I think it is the version by the English band "The Flies". 1966 was a busy time for recording and releasing this song all three versions above are from that year and also recorded that year was a version by The Liverpool Five and probably a whole load more. I think that if a song is good ten it is quite hard to really fuck it up, the Sex Pistols tried to do that with their version od Stepping Stone but even that one is not without merit as is the version from the Farm released in 1990. Which is a testament to the song writing skills of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. The only version which I have heard which was utter rubbish was by Minor Threat.
The Flies - (I'm Not Your )Stepping Stone
The Liverpool Five - (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
Monday, 17 October 2016
A bit of psychedelic soul, very Sly & the Family Stone(y)and a bit of a stomper for you this Monday morning. If this sounds familiar to Jam fans, Trans Europe Express from the Gift owes more than a small debt to World Column and if not given writing credits alongside Paul Weller, Boller, Kaplan and Johnson bloody well ought to. So In The Sun was released on the Capital label in 1969 and was big in Black pool, Cleethorpes and Wigan in 1976.
The World Column - So Is The Sun
Friday, 14 October 2016
I need something a bit uplifting what with all of the shit going on at the moment in the World, Syria , Trumpf (the f being deliberate, trumpf being vernacular for a fart) , the price of US soul singles rocketing on Discogs due to the dissolving pound , the thought of another Independence Referendum, I could go on but I don't want to depress people even more on a Friday. I have decided to post a brace of songs full of so much positivity that they can't help but raise your mood and get your feet moving. Both from 1987, the heady early days of House and both on the DJ International label.
Airdrie take on Peterhead tomorrow, the game is a 17:15 kick-off and will be beamed to the masses eagely wanting to witness the silky skills on show in the Scottish League One on BBC Alba, so if you find yourself at a loose end tomorrow evening and have access to the Scottish Gaelic channel tune in.
Have a good weekend people
Joe Smooth feat. Anthony Thomas - Promised Land
Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge - It's Alright
Thursday, 13 October 2016
When I first heard this thirty five years ago I was less than impressed. I'm not sure if it was from the b side of Silver Lining or from the album, Go For It as I can't remember which came out first, I suspect the album. I can be certain that it was in Stiff and Bat's bedroom. Later on the tune would be used on Sportscene, the Scottish Match of the Day, only much better. it is now synonymous with SLF taking to the stage at the Barrowlands in a hail of pints.
Stiff Little Fingers - Go For It
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
It's been a few years since I last saw the Raveonettes live. They haven't played these parts since December 2012 and it's not looking likely that they will be heading over the Atlantic any time soon, They are in the process of producing a new album which you can pre-order through Pledgemusic which entitles you to get a new track digitally each month. The songs are sounding good but not brilliant. I think that the duo's last consistently very good album was Pretty In Black way back in 2005 the five subsequent albums have had their moments some quite a few but none has had the impact on me that Pretty In Black did.
The Raveonettes - Sleepwalking
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
This is another garage track original where I wrongly thought that the later cover was the original. For years I thought that In The Past was a tune by the Chocolate Watch Band but it turns out that it was originally recorded in 1966 by We The People as the plug side of their fourth single, however the local radio station preferred the rather "wet" in my opinion, flip St John's Shop making it a hit in the Orlando area, if no where else. I can't quite understand this as In The Past is a cracking tune and is a hell of a lot better than the later cover.
We The People - In The Past
Monday, 10 October 2016
In it's original form this record is rare and worth a pretty penny a vg copy sold for 1850 quid a few years back. My copy of course is the re-release on the outta sight label. On the 1967 release No One To Love was actually the flip, (I Owe You) Something was the a-side but the b-side is the better track. The song has a very dramatic intro, a smouldering vocal and some lovely strings all in all a very classy piece of Detroit soul which incidentally was produced by George Clinton in his pre P-Funk days.
Pat Lewis - No One To Love
Saturday, 8 October 2016
Until I was forty I didn't have a clue who Billy Franks was. Twenty three years previously I had heard a song of his which had left an impression on me but which through the years I had nearly forgotten about but not quite. Every so often a snippet of the long forgotten song would get lodged in my brain and frustrate me for ages until I eventually forgot about it until the next time. If you are interested you can read the full story of my discovery of what the song was and who was singing it here.
Last night through a tweet from Simon, of the much missed The Songs That People Sing blog I learned of the passing of Billy Franks a couple of weeks ago, far too soon aged only 60, which saddened me greatly. I do not profess to being as familiar with the man's music as I should have been but people whose opinion I respect such as Simon, Davy H and Tony (DVD) rated him as a song writer and performer and expressed such admiration for the man and the album I bought on the back of their recommendations, Eventide lived up to the hype which if you do not own you certainly need to rectify immediately. I do wish that I had seen the man live, from all accounts it could be a deeply moving experience.
Although not the correct time of year it feels right and proper to post the song that was stuck in the back of my head for so many years.
Rest easy Billy
The Faith Brothrs - Easter Parade
Friday, 7 October 2016
A bit of tech house for you today with a great remix, would you expect anything else from Four Tet, of a Bob Holroyd tune. African Drug was originally released in 1994 and if it sounds familiar to you it may be as it was one of the tracks dropped on Coldcut's seminal Journey By DJ's mix. it has. It was updated by both Four Tet and T Williams in 2010 and released on Phonica Records.
No football this weekend as Scotland are making up the numbers in a qualification group for some tournament or other that we will not be attending due to either some new and novel way of failing to qualify or more likely just because we are not terribly good. Still we do have a manager who doesn't appear to be shady but you never know.
Have a good weekend people.
Bob Holryod - African Drug (Four Tet Remix)
Thursday, 6 October 2016
John Peel was seldom wrong, apart from where Springsteen was concerned but his comment that "Even if they never made another record, they'll have achieved more than most o us do in our entire lives" about Geek Love by Bang Bang Machine was spot on. They did produce more music but none of it came close to this tune. This version comes from the remix ep from 1993, a couple of years after the original release. This 12" contained a very laid back mix by Mixmaster Morris and this mix by Ray Shulman.
Bang Bang Machine - Geek Love (Sparkle mix)
As it's nearly Friday you can also have the Mixmaster Morris mix. Don't say I'm not good to you.
Bang Bang Machine - Geek Love (Irresistible Force mix)
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Christopher Gaylord on the evidence of So What was listening to a lot of Rolling Stones prior to writing and recording this great piece of Garage Rock released in 1965. I love the wailing harmonica on the track and if the way that Chris Gaylord spits out the lyrics he has more than a little contempt for the girl he is singing about. The Lyrics hailed from San Diego, California and released four singles from 1965 to 1968.
There doesn't seem to be much love out there for the garage rock, however I am going to persevere until I run out of what I consider to be good songs.
The Lyrics - So What
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
The original version of Ain't No Love Lost was released on the Scepter label in 1972 and when you first hear the track you wouldn't have to be a genius to spot that it was produced by Curtis Mayfield. The version posted is the marvelous Tom Moulton mix who updates the sound for 1975 and the beginnings of the disco scene. For years this version was only available on the Disco Gold album along with another Moulton mix of a Patti Jo tune, Make Me Believe In You until recently when both were released on a 7" single.
Patti Jo - Ain't No Love Lost (Tom Moulton mix)