Monday, 20 May 2019

Monday's Long Song

I posted the flip side of this when the 12" was eventually released back in February 2016. I say eventually as it was recorded 17 years previously in the Arches in Glasgow by a local trio that included one of my blogger compatriots, Gareth from the much missed How Does That One Go Again? Apart from JC, Gareth was the first fellow blogger I met as we djed together at the Blog Rocking Beats nights we arranged in the summer of 2010 at the Flying Duck in Glasgow. 

Here we have the remix by Les Crocodiles from the other side of the 12" singles where they stretch the track out over a further 2 and a bit minutes making it a bit dubbier and even more laid back, Great stuff.

Imperfect Product - Solina (Les Crocodiles remix)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Greg Dulli Covers

As I think we have established over these posts, Greg Dulli, quite likes to take other peoples songs and put his own slant on them, so much so that when The Afghan Whigs broke up, Dulli's next musical incarnation, the Twilight Singers decided to put out a whole album of cover versions She Loves You where the band went from a traditional ballad, Black Is The Colour of My True Love's Hair, through Blues and Jazz standards to the contemporary at the time, Martina Topley-Bird's Too Tough To Die. I was going to say that his choices were impeccable, however he did include a Fleetwood Mac track, a band I have less than no affection for but Dulli did what I thought up until then was impossible and that was to prompt me to re-appraise this band full of pomp, the worst excesses of the 70s and 80s and those horrible Stevie Nicks vocals and I came to the conclusion that the band are still pish but Dulli can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

The Twilight Singers - What Makes You Think You're The One 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Everlasting Love

You will probably recognise this song, if not this, the original recording as it became a UK number 1 by The Love Affair in January 1968 not long after the original was released.

The Robert Knight version was re-released as a double A-side in 2017 on the Outta Sight label backed with the better known Love On A Mountain Top.

Robert Knight - Everlasting Love

Monday, 13 May 2019

Monday's Long Song

Sorry for the lack of content on this site over the past week but we have had a bit of a trying time since last Saturday, on that evening Max was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after falling from a considerable height into the river from the path along the banks of the Clyde on the way up to the Falls of Clyde.

We spent a very anxious and frightening night in the A&E at Wishaw General with the boy under constant observation until he could get a CT scan and then the horrible wait for the results.

"The good news is", said the consultant after reviewing the scan and contrary to the evidence of looking at Max, "that miraculously, there is no damage to the head or broken bones, however his spleen is in three pieces and will probably need to be removed but over all he is a very lucky boy". I looked at L and I could see from her face the same mixture of emotions going through her head, relief but also the fear of surgery and Max's future without a spleen. The consultant then left to go and speak to the surgical team and get things organised but came back a couple of minutes later asking if we knew exactly when the accident happened as she thought that there may be a chance of an alternative to surgery but it meant that a drug had to be administered within a certain period of time after the fall. So we thought back and it turned out that the fall would have occurred within the time frame. 

In the early hours Max was moved to the ACCU unit where he remained until Tuesday when he was moved to another ward. To cut a long story short he is now home bruised battered and extremely sore but a very lucky boy none the less as it could very easily have been a completely different outcome if it hadn't been for his pal's lack of fear in jumping in the river and pulling him out, the police for going by as another two friends were carrying him home, the ambulance crew and not least the staff in AE at Wishaw General. During the night I was talking to one of the nurses asking if A&E was always as hectic as it was that Saturday and she replied "yip, xxx and I this do this extra shift most Saturday nights, we work during the week at the Beatson" Glasgow's cancer hospital. 

On Sunday night as Leo and I were coming home from the hospital leaving Lynn to sleep on the chair next to Max, this track from 2011 came on the iPod and although it did not absolve me of all my cares and worries it did calm me down for the nine and a half minutes it was on for.

Free School - Lemon (original)

This is not the time for politics but anybody who is thinking of voting for the Brexit Party should think twice as the fascist in charge of that party is on record stating that he was in favour of an insurance based health service such as the USA. Under such a system my son's treatmet would have been a lower priority than our ability to pay for it. 

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Port Authority Bus Blues

Paul Simerman, a senior musician in the US Navy had a novel idea for recruiting young men to the Navy at the beginning of the 70s, form a band, record and put out music as Port Authority highlighting that their were other careers in the Navy other than Able Seaman or Deck Hand. The project must have been deemed at least a partial success as the band existed for 14 years and released 5 albums.

Port Authority Bus Blues was the final track on the band's debut album released in 1975, a funky, jazzy workout that would not have been out of place as the Theme to some hard nosed detective show or the main theme of a Blaxploitation film from the period. It was finally released earlier this year as a 7" single which I had on pre-order for quite a while.

Port Authority - Port Authority Bus Blues 

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

You've Got A Friend

This live cover of the Carole King classic never fails to put me in a good mood. It comes from one of my favourite live albums, Donny Hathaway Live. The album was released in 1972 from recordings of two gigs from the previous year, one side from the Troubadour in Hollywood and the other from The Bitter End in Greenwich Village. The album should be a fixture in anyone's collection who has even a passing interest in soul music and includes incredible versions off The Ghetto and Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) as well as the track posted to be honest there isn't a duff track amongst the 8 on the record. The other great thing about this album as it seems to have captured the atmosphere of the shows and you can virtually hear the smiling that must have been on the faces of all present not least when the crowd sing along during You've Got A Friend.

Donny Hathaway - You've Got A Friend

Monday, 29 April 2019

Monday's Long Song

The album that today's song comes from is an early contender for album of the year and not one which I was eagerly anticipating if I'm honest. However the collaboration between Karen O and Danger Mouse is an absolute gem and moves from Motownesque songs through lush orchestral numbers and tracks that would not have been out of place on an album hailing from Bristol in the 1990s. Lux Prima, the title track was originally released in the US in December of last year on a limited single sided 12" single.

Friday, 26 April 2019

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

I told you this would return, like Theresa May this series does not know when it's outstayed it's welcome. Yesterday SA posted a great new Four Tet track at the Bagging area and I thought that I would feature another recent release by Mr Hebden this time under his KH moniker.  Only Human was released as a single sided 12" a couple of weeks ago once the Nelly Furtado sample from her 2006 release "Afraid" had been cleared. This track had been causing much interest after Kieran Hebden had dropped it into a couple of dj sets. I sweated for nearly a week as my copy which had been ordered for what seemed like ages but eventually arrived last week.

In other news, what can I say about Airdrieonians season, not a great deal, the team hasn't covered itself in glory this season, the last two home games have been possibly the worst performances that I have ever seen. The season, as usual started with much anticipation and more than a little confidence that we would make the play-offs at the right end of the division as we come into the last home game of the season with one further away game next week, the Diamonds are sitting 6th on goal difference  above Dumbarton and Stranraer, seven points above the bottom two which means that even if they lose the last two games they are safe which is a distinct possibility as they haven't won any of the last four matches. There is always next season, onwards and upwards

Have a good weekend people.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Greg Dulli Covers

In 1992 The Afghan Whigs released an ep on Sub Pop on  multiple formats. The 7" single containing two tracks, the 12" single 4 and an extra hidden track on the cd. What was interesting about the ep was that all of the tracks were covers, with the exception of a secret uncredited original track hidden after a few seconds of silence on track 4 of the cd which was actually a remix of the track Milez Is Ded from the recent album, Congregation. The covers were all versions of soul favourites of the band, Come See About Me a hit single for the Supremes in 1964, True Love Travels On a Gravel Road which had ee recorded by Percy Sledge and Elvis on the From Memphis album amongst others, Beware an early 70s album track and,  my favourite Band of Gold, a number 1 hit single for Freda Payne in the UK. I love the primitive drumming and the feedback and the completely desolate tone of Dulli's vocals on this track, which was the a side of the 7" single with Come See About Me on the flip.

Afghan Whigs - Band of Gold

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Monday, 22 April 2019

Monday's Long Song

Usually a lot of deliberation goes into Monday's long song, I know you wouldn't have thought so would you,  on a Sunday while doing the messages, putting away the messages and getting the dinner ready by the time that The Westminster Hour hits the airwaves I have chosen the song and begin to think of some rubbish to type to go along with it.

Not yesterday, though.

I am proud to admit I did hew haw the whole day other than play music but with no thought to today's post but rather just records that fitted into the bright, warm holiday vibe and so I started with Roddy Frame's criminally overlooked first solo album, The North Star, so no contenders there, I did play a bit of Burial and the absolute joy that is Morning Dove White but the first I featured last week if any one is paying attention  and One Dove have been done to death here and other places over the years.

Flogging a dead horse is something I am accustomed to doing (the It's Friday . . .  Let's Dance posts will return shortly,  by the way ) so here is William Orbit's Stereo Odyssey mix of Breakdown for you that I have just decided needs another airing, Well, you can never have too much One Dove

I did do one other thing yesterday, I watched Repo Man for the first time in years and can report back and confirm that Repo Men are indeed still intense and the film is just as good as it was when I first watched it as a snotty teenager.

One Dove - Breakdown (William Orbit Stereo Odyssey)

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Dulli Covers 3

Dulli is quite eclectic in the music that he chooses to cover, anything from Henry Mancini, through songs from The Wizard of Oz to Bjork. The re-interpretation of a still fresh, only two year old, modern R&B,  Billboard topping track by the biggest selling American Girl Band  must have raised a few eyebrows at the time. Creep, originally by TLC was one of 4 tracks, two originals and two covers on the Honkey's Ladder ep in February 1996 but unlike the TLC original it failed to bother the Billboard Charts but I think is quite brilliant.

The Afghan Whigs - Creep

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

No Sleep 'til Hammersmith

When talking about live albums this has to be right up there with the best of them, although it does not fully recreate the experience of seeing Motorhead at this time unless you have a huge soundsystem, bung it up to 10 and stick your head in the speakers, then you might come close. My first experience was pretty scary as I thought that the balcony in the Apollo was going to fall down and what I thought was dandruff from all the headbanging was actually plaster from the ceiling. What a magic night it was and I will be forever grateful to my late cousin Stuart for taking me.

No Sleep 'til Hammersmith was released in June 1981 and was the first Motorhead album to reach number 1 in the charts in the UK. This was an album that I waited for impatiently after experiencing the live Motorhead experience and I was not disappointed. This album for me captures the classic line-up at their peak. The album that followed, Iron Fist was a bit of a disappointment.

Motorhead -  Ace of Spades

Monday, 15 April 2019

Monday's Long Song

The only word for this is wonderful. I was fortunate enough to get a copy of the this limited Vinyl Factory release and at the time there was quite a backlash that this was released in such a limited number but these days 1000 copies is actually not that limited a run compared to some of the releases that SA and me were discussing on Thursday night over a few pints. I do love everything about this record from the 3D designed cover to the reassuringly heavy vinyl. There are a few comments on Discogs regarding the quality of the pressing but as far as my ears are concerned it sounds perfectly fine exactly what you would expect Massive Attack mixed by Burial to sound like.

There were rumours that Burial had remixed the whole of the Heligoland album  which was to get a full release which had me salivating at the time but alas it has never surfaced.

Massive Attack vs Burial - Paradise Circus