Friday, 12 February 2016

it's Friday . . . Let's Dance



I'm gonna stay with the dubious remix this week. I first heard this way back in 1994 on a Brothers In Rhythm Essential mix and I flogged it to death for ages, not that I was a big Eurythmics fan but I loved what Seaman, Anderson and Bremner had done with the track. I then forgot about it for over a decade and a bit until it was posted on the Pure Club Classic blog. I remembered that back in the day it had been available on one of the  monthly records which were sent to DJs who were members of DMCand so as is often the case I was Discogs bound and for a relatively reasoable price although a bit more than it goes for these days I purchased a copy of the double 12". I don't think that the mix has dated that much although it is quite easy to pinpoint it to 1994.

No home game this week, so I will mostly be not doing very much at all, Well not that I know of at the moment although I suspect that L will have shit for me to do.

Have a good weekend people.

Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again ( The Big Brothers Annual Outing)

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Nothing To Say Really



Last night I saw Greg Dulli at King Tut's and he just didn't really do it for me for a change. I think that one or two from his cannon of work done in a stripped back stylee is enough for me but over a whole performance it failed to hold my attention.

Here's one of my favourite tracks from a band that it's high time toured again. This recording is from an album recorded at the Captain's Rest which was an extremely intimate venue which held a hundred or so bodies. I saw Frightened Rabbit on their return there seven years ago on a Tuesday afternoon at the end of March. Apart from the excellent Frightened Rabbit gig what makes that day even more memorable as that evening I also saw Airborne Toxic Event at the QMU who were equally as excellent.

Frightened Rabbit - My Backwards Walk (live Captain's Rest 30 July 2008)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Born Free



M.I.A certainly knows how to use a sample effectively as can be evidenced by the sublime Paper Planes which introduced a whole new group of listeners to the delights of "the only band that matters". With Born Free she samples Ghost Rider by Suicide with similar results. I still can't understand why this was never released as a single. especially as there was very powerful and quite brutal video made to accompany the song.

 A few commentators over at JC's bit last week were ruminating over the lack of protest singers about just now and MIA is one of the very few that I can think of that use music in this manner.

M.I.A - Born Free

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

In The Basement



As anybody who has dipped in here with any regularity will know I'm a sucker for a re-edit, something about somebody stripping down and reassembling a track that I know appeals to me. Much more i would say than a straight cover version, although I am more than a little partial to those as well, although not ruined by either Michael Bolton or cack factor wannabe stars. Posted is a cracking strung out refit of a classic bit of soul but Theo Parrish doesn't just take one version of Down In The Basement but splices two versions, one, probably the better know by Etta James and the other by Sugar Pie DeSanto creating a ten minute funky groover. Rare as hen's teeth on vinyl.

Etta James/Sugar Pie DeSanto - Down In The Basement (Theo Parrish Re-edit)

* I have given you some duff info on this record, the record doesn't sample two different versions of In The Basement, apparently it was a duet released on Cadet in 1966, For years I have thought that the version I had was by Etta James alone which was rubbish.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Miss Madeline



Today's soul comes from the Windy City and the Mar-V-Lus label. The single was released in 1967. It is one of those singles where both sides are equally as strong and as I cannot decide which one I prefer I will post both for your listening pleasure.

Prior to recording this single Madeline Strickland had recorded for the Mar-V-Lus label with a group of her contemporaries firstly know as The Young Miracles and then the Young Folk. The label thought that Madeline had the talent to make it as a solo artist and so this 7" was recorded which unfortunately bombed. I will never understand the decisions of the soul buying American public in the 60s as these two songs are the equal of most of the Motown 45s that were hits in 1967. Madeline returned to the fold of The Young Folks who split the following year with the girls forming a new group Love Column who failed to set the heather on fire. Later she and fellow member of both groups, Patrice Scaggs  sang backing vocals on Loleatta Holloway's early records.

Miss Madeline - Lonely Girl

Miss Madeline - Behave Yourself

Friday, 5 February 2016

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



By the time that house music and it's many offshoots sprung up bootleg had come to mean something different from the snidey live album or pressing of an all too rare soul single. It meant anything from an unsanctioned remix of a track like the Eren's Bootleg mix of You've Got The Love to a mash up like Don't Fight Control. I must admit that I don't have the same sort of love for these as I did and to an extent still do of getting a totally illegal recording of a band artist in concert.

This weekend will see the first Airdrie home game since 9th of January and a win over Cowdenbeath would keep us in the play-off places at the top of the table.

Have a good weekend people.

Chemical Brothers vs Primal Scream - Don't Fight Control

Thursday, 4 February 2016

A Very Lazy Link



You don't need to be Einstein, or even much of a music fan to get the connection with yesterday's post. I know, not very imaginative but that's me in a nutshell. Anyway, the concert that was recorded and titled Purple Chain, your guess is as good as mine,  was a gig I was at in the Barrowlands in 1994 and from what I can remember it was a pretty good night, not as amazing as back in October 1991 when the Scream and the djs, Weatherall and Stuart McMillan were at their absolute best but good all the same. I picked up this cd at the Barras a few months later. The whole bootleg is worth having, I may have to upload the whole cd at some point.

Primal Scream - Jailbird (Barrowlands 02-04-1994)

Primal Scream - Loaded (Barrowlands 02-04-1994)

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Not Banned From The Roxy



It's not really a huge jump from the music of the Velvet Underground to that of East Kilbride's most famous dysfunctional brothers, However where yesterday's post saw a band at the very peak of their powers and ability the contents of today's bootleg shows a band with a rudimentary ability at best, I am probably being a bit unfair as I suspect that the members of the Mary Chain were more proficient musicians by the tail end of 1985 than they were letting on. This five track, twelve and a bit minutes of noise was more than half of a typical set by the band at this time. Attending a Jesus and Mary Chain concert way back then may not have been the most musical of events but it was exciting.

I'm not sure if enjoy is the right word here.

The Jesus and Mary Chain - In A Hole
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Taste of Cindy
The Jesus and Mary Chain - You Trip Me Up
The Jesus and Mary Chain - The Hardest Walk
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Never Understand

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

I'm A Sucker For A Live Album



Through the years I have purchased a lot of Velvet Underground bootlegs, the quality of which have ranged from absolutely dire to just about listenable, actually some of them are not better than the quality of some of the legit offerings. Live At Max's Kansas City. There is usually something worth purchasing the bootlegs for, however, usually a longer or different version of Sister Ray, you can never have too many versions of that. Anyway, a couple of years ago a 45th Anniversary edition of the third eponymous album was produced with extra's that included two discs of the performances Live At The Matrix in San Francisco in November 1969, Five of the 18 tracks had seen the light of day on the 1969: The Velvet Underground Live album and the monster version of Sister Ray clocking in at 36:53 was on the Quine Tapes box but this version comes from the professional four track recordings and not Quine's less professional set up which had me sold but as a bonus there were another. 12 previously unreleased tracks, making the purchase essential even before checking out the rest of the 6 disc set which to be honest didn't get me nearly as excited. Here is one of those exclusive tracks.

The Velvet Underground - I'm Set Free

Monday, 1 February 2016

Sunny



I bet I'm not the only person glad that January 2016 is now history. It has been a miserable month on a lot of fronts.

So how about starting February off with an absolute stormer of a rendition of the Bobby Hebb classic, Sunny by Marvin Gaye. This version for me is the definitive one which just oozes what sounds like effortless cool. Prior to it's inclusion  on Richard Searling's Tamla Motown Connoisseurs it incredibly was only ever available on a Marvin Gaye 4 disc compilation that by the turn of the millenium had been deleted. I would love this to be pressed up on "7 inch vinyl.

Marvin Gaye -  Sunny

Friday, 29 January 2016

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



I spent a large part of last weekend playing Weatherall related stuff. As well as the stuff he had recorded under his varied guises, were releases by other artists and probably the output that gives me most pleasure,  his remixes of other artists where he bends and mutilates the originals so much that many have little resemblance to the original tune. I decided to dig out some of the ones that I play the least, not because they are of a lesser quality than say the Primal Scream or Stereo Mc remixes but because of the sheer volume of them it is quite easy to forget some especially those from the early 90s.  Remixes of songs by the likes of Big Hair and Earl Gateshead, Airstream and today's choice. The thing I love about Weatherall's reinterpretations is that they take you on a journey and can hold your attention even although they tend to be lengthy affairs, you didn't get too many of them on a c90. Yab Yum by Uzma I think illustrates my point very well, it is deep, dubby and very very long. Magic!

I think that I will spend much of my weekend depressed as I think that I will witness a mauling of my team live on telly on BBC Alba this evening as Airdrie take on Dunfermline. Why, you may ask am I not going? Well,  Dunfermline who just over two years ago went into administration are the only full time club in our league with three times the budget of any of the others and can therefore live without me making a contribution.

Have a good weekend people.

Uzma - Yab Yum (Weatherall mix)

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Whole Wide World




Bizarrely today's track which was picked last weekend fits in nicely after The Only Ones post after Brian's comment yesterday where he mentions the soundtrack to This Summer, as the original version of Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric also featured in the film and on the record. Meursault's cover comes from an album of  special versions of their own songs and cover versions crowd funded and crowd chosen. The Organ Grinder's Monkey was produced in order to part fund Meursault's tour of the East Coast of America in 2014. The album contains covers of songs by the likes of Low, Paws and The Magnetic Fields and different versions of their own songs including Dearly Distracted and One Day This Will All Be Fields. As well as being a worthy album at the time it is also an essential one for any fan of Meursault and can still be purchased here.

Meursault - Whole Wide World

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Trouble In The World



I first heard Another Girl Another Planet when I was either 11 or twelve , so it would have been 1980/1981 courtesy of Tank, Stiff oldest brother and I instantly fell in love with the song,  the soaring guitars . the languid vocal delivery and the words which really chimed all made it an essential record to own but by then it was nigh on impossible to get a hold of, just two or three years after it's release. How did we survive pre Discogs?

Even though I loved Another Girl,  Another Planet it was years before I listened to anything else by the Only Ones. I picked up my copy of Trouble In The World in 1987 at a record stall in the Barras. Although not on a par with AGAP the fourth single by the band is a very good "new wave" or "power pop" if you prefer record. It was quite a few years later that I actually got round to listening to a full album by the band when Stiff gave me a copy of the second album, Even Serpents Shine (terrible cover) which I really rate that in turn led me to the eponymous first album which is even better,

The Only Ones - Trouble In The World

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I'm Coming Home



I know nothing about September Jones. I do know that this song was recorded in Detroit and originally released on the Kapp label in 1966. It is a classic piece of atmospheric mid paced northern soul.

September Jones - I'm Coming Home