9/16/14

Adam and the Ants - The Decca Demos (August 1978)

A re-up of these Decca demo session recorded in August 1978. Requested by a visitor recently. Catch it again here. Hope I'll be able to see Adam live soon (missed him last spring in London). I'll post someday the next Decca session from December 1978).

One of the great news of last year was the Adam Ant come back, with a great album and, more strangely, a great look (and a good band to back him). If there was one of my ancient heros I didn't expect anything more, it was surely Adam Ant. But here he is and it's really a nice feeling to know he's with us again. So, these late days, I'm listening to his old stuff again, first because although I liked the Pirate period, it's rather certain than his beginnings with the Ants were artistically more interesting, and moreover because he has the great idea to play the Dirk Wears White Socks album in his coming tour and it's a manner to associates this blog to this event. Not that I post the official LP (this is not the philosophy of this blog) but I gathered from various sources the demos the band recorded in August 1978 for Decca (and not in December, that I will try to gather for another post), more than one year prior to the release of Dirk. During these sessions, the line-up consisted of Matthew Ashman on guitar and  Dave Barbe on drums, who would leave to form Bow Wow Wow after the Dirk LP, and Andy Warren on bass who would leave for The Monochrome Set. The music played here is rather rough and edgy, influenced actually more by some progressive bands of the seventies (with a touch of Krautrock and a Velvet Underground flavor) than by straight post-Stooges punk, but what's surprising is how this music has aged well and has been a source of inspiration for so many bands in the late 90's and early 00's (nice number for a decade). However, I've tried to rectify the sound the best I could, using the best sources for each song, but of course maybe there are better and it's still not equivalent to the sound of an official LP. But believe me, you will listen to that quite often once you played it the first time. It's rather addictive. Enjoy it here. I think the cover sleeve would have done a nice one for an official release. I don't remember where I found the picture but I immediately thought it was relevant to the content.




9/15/14

P.P. Arnold - Singles A's & B's (1967-68)



A welcome request since PP Arnold is one of my fave female soul singer of the sixties. Too sad she didn't achieve success she deserved but with Roger Waters she found another way to reach stardom. Here her Immediate career backed with bands such as the Nice or the Small Faces. Unmissable. Catch it here.

Imagine. In 4 years (from 1964 to 68), this young woman has been (in chronological order), an Ikette (chorist for Ike and Tina Turner), an American girl in London getting friendly with her compatriot Jimi Hendrix, the Precious black Pearl (as PP) of the new label Immediate, backed by musicians who will become the Nice, the closest singer of the Small Faces, influencing Steve Marriott for all his life since he'll do for her what he'll later do with Humble Pie (around 1973), a successfull hit singer with songs topping the charts, and ... a has been. Like a summary of a whole career in only 4 years. And some say that present times go fast. Not so fast that they used to go in the sixties. PP Arnold is one of my fave soul singer, and, more than that, one of my fave whatever style we're talking about since during the 2 yeas with Immediate, she sang a wide variety of styles. She did 2 LP for the label, and they have been reissued almost twice, the last time in 2001 on Castle with bonus tracks. There was a life for PP after this vertigo, but not so glorious actually. After Immediate disappeared, she quite did the same although it's her who sings on the Nick Drake's "Poor Boy". Before and after this enchanted "parenthèse" she faced several dramas in her life (she had 2 children before 1966, before the age of 20, she had another one in 1974 with the bassist of CSNY, and she lost her daughter at the end of the seventies). She had a second career at the end of the 80's with techno bands such as The Beatmasters and KLF and since then British musicians did not forget her (in particular Paul Weller and Roger Waters) and she can live her passion for music although she should have merited to have her own solo career. But back to our today's post. You can enjoy the 9 songs from her 5 singles (the B side of the 1st and the last is the same song) here. Below, I put in streaming the only song of the whole written by her ("Though it Hurts Me Badly") and one of the most beautiful of the 30 she released during these 2 years at Immediate. Cos', as Billie Holiday, Mary Wells and Janis Joplin, PP Arnold was an overlooked composer, a machist vision who constrained women with voice to interpret when they were also fantastically gifted for writing songs. Below lots of videos from youtube. You can see her singing her single A-sides at The Beat Club, and also her collaborations with the Small Faces (look at the video of "Tin Soldier", Steve Marriott has what I'd called the "great class"). As bonus rarities, a song with Rod Stewart before he became a superstar.



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With Rod Stewart


With the Small Faces

Again with the Small Faces








9/12/14

Procol Harum - Live on KZEW Dallas (1974)





















Here is the second live set (actually a radio show) from Procol Harum (great period, with the band in its best formation). All info below in the text written for the first post some years ago (I was young and innocent... not actually I was old yet).

Sometimes I wonder if recording in a perfect quality all the concerts Procol Harum played between 1968 and 1977 would not have been necessary. And to release them afterwards in a voluminous boxset one of the best historical achievement in rock music. Because in each show during this fabulous decade, the band seemed to re-invent itself and proposed something different, very slight mood changes that could completely modify the way we heard and felt the songs. Here the band is in its dynamic mood, which was often the case when he played for radio or TV (later I'll post a Danish TV show which was similarly tonic). Recorded on the 4th of July in a Dallas radio (KZEW), it's not a very rare testimony, often bootlegged, but anyway, the sound is very good and some of you may ignore the existence of this recording. I've created a cover sleeve for it, once again with a Jakob Bogdani painting (the painter they used for the Exotic Birds and Fruits album, released that same year and from which they take many of the setlist songs). Once again, it's an opportunity to hear what a fantastic drummer was BJ Wilson. May he never be forgotten even when people from my generation who had the privilege to seem him play live will be dead.


Procol Harum - TV Danish (1974)























On the re-up front, Procol Harum seems to be a winner. Requested twice, here is the first. Probably useless to add anything to the post below. PH was and remains one of my top bands any period and one of the only I dig any concert I can find. Here it is.

A week I had not posted. I fear it will be more and more this way. Not that I don't have anything new (actually old) to post, not that I'm becoming bored with the fastidious process of ripping records, formating the MP3, doing the cover sleeve, uploading the whole and creating a post (actually it bores me a bit I must admit), but the main reason is growing professional stuff on my shoulders. I should be happy to have a job, many in my age range are jobless and life has been rather kind with me, with my small capacities I could have had a worst destiny. But you're not there to read about my uninteresting life (and what is left of it). Here the promised Procol Harum post from the Danish TV show captured in November 1974, 4 months after the Dallas radio show previously phere). Here we find the band in a stunning form. Actually, I think 1974 was THE year for PH. There was a sort of exhilaration in their way to play, and Gary Brooker wording during the instrumental parts was particularily jubilatory. And BJ Wilson was THE boss but this you all knew already. Added on the CD reissue of the Hollywood Bowl show and on the DVD version of 2006 Danish show with orchestra, but not on the CD. And below some videos from the TV show found on youtube. The cover sleeve was again taken from a Masaki Yada painting, whose universe fits well with PH one (at least for me).


9/10/14

Marc Bolan - Skeletons of songs (1972-74)





















Not requested per se but since the post is one of the most viewed for the last week, I suppose there's deception when visitors see the link is dead. So here it is again on M.

Sorry for giving the impression to have a high level of self-esteem (actually my days and nights are full of self-deprecative thoughts, be sure), but here something I'm again quite proud of: the compilation of 26 acoustic demos Marc Bolan recorded of songs that would later feature on albums i.e., Slider, Tanx, Zinc Alloy and Futuristic Dragon. Found on the Alternate series CDs released in 1994 and 1995 by Edsel, it's a fascinating intimate travel in the heart of songs that would be most of the time (but not always) totally mutated in something else in studio. It's a document against those who said that Bolan had lost it after 1972, and even some, like John Peel, who thought that Bolan had left his old style. In fact these songs, in their nude acoustic versions, could have, for the most of them, featured in older albums, notably the Tyranosaurus Rex ones, without paling by comparison. I my opinion, Bolan even composed his best material during this 2-year lifespan (to be honest I must confess that Zinc Alloy is my fave T. Rex album, so this may explain my incongruous statement). One must only wonder whether some of these songs would have not deserved to be treated less heavily in their final released version. You might ask why Futuristic Dragon demos are in this compilation and not Zip Gun Boogie ones. And more specifically, you may wonder why I wrote 1972-74 in the title when Futuristic Dragon was released in 1976, one year after Zip Gun. The reason is that Futuristic Dragon actually consisted of ancient material and was substituted to an album that was to be called Billy Super Duper (and whose songs have finally been released post-mortem). Don't know why he decided to shelve this new project for older stuff but comparing the two, he was right, even if Futuristic Dragon could have been much better (the fault partly due to the production, Visconti was cruelly missing), the songs were much better. It seems that Bolan stopped to record demos on acoustic guitar after 1974 since there is no trace to my knowledge (but I'm no more the Bolan addict I used to be so maybe I missed something) of this kind of skeleton songs for post-75 albums. For me, the acoustic demos of Zinc Alloy songs are what make the price of this compilation (actually it's free but it's a way to talk). I would have dreamed he released, as did Emily Wells recently, this LP in 2 versions, an orchestral and an acoustic. But it will never be. So here is this acoustic offering. I promise that to jump in these sea of 26 songs will give you a lot of weird and sometimes unexpected emotions. The cover sleeve was made with pictures taken by Danny Fields in 1973 (see here). I think it fits well with the content.


9/6/14

John Lee Hooker - The almost complete "If You Miss... I Got 'Im" session (1969)



Re-up cos' a friend posted I Gotta Go To Vietnam on his page. A good opportunity for re-uping this album, not the one issued officially, but a fake one adding more songs from the session in it. This is with this sort of work I consider this blog useful, not only for fans, but for everyone and for the artists too, whose work is respected, since the industry treats with an incredible despise musicians and listeners. Catch this fantastic Hookers session here.

On the 29th May 1969 in Los Angeles, the Hooker(s) (John Lee & Earl) are together for a session that will be split on 2 albums, 9 songs featuring in an album called If You Miss 'Im... I Got 'Im released on the same year on Bluesway (and reissued on CD by BGO in 1998 but be careful, the MCA LP called Lonesome Mood and released in 1983 is the same album omitting one song "I Don't Care When You Go"), and 3 (2 being alternate takes) placed at the end of the Urban Blues CD reissue of the album in 1993. Son here's is the (almost) complete session, almost since one song ("Walking The Floor Over You") has, to my knowledge, never been released. Moreover, I've respected the order of the recording session, even if it may seem not the best for listening the album. Actually, John Lee Hooker has never really recorded albums but sessions, and it's maybe more interesting to imagine listening to the session live than to a "simili" album. As you'll see (actually hear), the session is consisting of slow blues on one hand and of boogies on the other hand, and the album can be considered as a pre-Hooker & Heat one. Awfully, Earl Hooker, as Alan Wilson, would die shortly after their session with John Lee Hooker, the first in April 1970, the second in September. This gives to these sessions a doom flavor that they were not supposed to have when recorded. If this session can be considered as a John Lee and not an Earl's one, it's mainly cos' on some songs the guitar is taken by Paul Asbell and not Earl (on the killer version of "Boom Boom" called "Bang Bang Bang Bang" or "Have Mercy On My Soul"). Far from the previous post from John Lee Hooker, this is the man in the end of sixties, as relevant as in the fifties. They were not so many to succeed in that.



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9/3/14

Melanie - Under Covers fake LP (2002)



This is one fake LP I received much praise for. It's true all these covers, recorded for backing commercial ads stand proudly as an album. And with a cover... sleeve respecting the artist and the content, it could have been a welcome addition to her discography. Requested by a visitor yesterday, re-up today. Ask too if you want anything to be re-up quickly. Catch this LP here.

Here's a reup of this compilation of covers recorded by Melanie in 2002, but this time with a missing song, the Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" cover. Thanx to the nice Albgardis, the German Witch in Amerika (great definition of oneself), for the spontaneous gift. I ordered a Greatest Hits compilation on which this cover is but time (after time) is passing, and I don't see it coming so I put that one. I was expecting the CD to post it in 320kb and not 198 but it's not such a great difference I have to wait for it. Here below what I wrote in the initial post. I substituted the complete version for the previous one in the link at the end of the text. Melanie forever in our heart. PS.

This LP has a strange history. My English is not good enough to summarize this story here but briefly Melanie covered all these songs for a company providing Hit covers for TV ads (cheaper than the original versions). She did that the best she could, with her son and Peter Schekeryk, her husband-producer, so that she was proud of the result, but was quite surprised to see sometimes after a 14-track LP released under the title of Moments of my Life (with a picture takin from her Victims of the Moon LP that was a kind of pilot version of her new album Crazy Love). It was a bad idea since she was trying to promote her new original material album (Crazy Love) and this quite overshadowed her own work without giving her any royalties. Since then, 2 other versions of this album were released, the first called Beautiful Hits, with a lying picture of Melanie in her twenties (bastards) but with 19 songs instead of 14 (actually this is this album I post here under another sleeve and another title) and the next one, with the same title (Beautiful Hits), with 3 songs removed and "Time After Time" added, associated with 3 live songs recorded in 2007 (from the DVD concert released some months ago). I unfortunately was not able to get this extra track ("Time After Time") but as soon as I will get it, I'll post it. What could have been a complete disaster (some of these songs are for me awful tunes I would have liked not to hear again in my life, and more than that, were originally released with terrible arrangements) becomes an exciting experience and contains some wonderful moments (too many to cite). Melanie, as do great interprets, make these songs heirs and they all lost their time reference to rejoins her world (the way she makes her "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" is astonishing). I changed the title for this one with a dual meaning.


9/2/14

Melanie - Low Country LP (1997)



Always a pleasure to see a Melanie album requested. This one is not one of her most known but the beginning of a golden era (until 2002) during which she released several great albums. Low Country is quite a singular album that digs her american roots when most of her music was much more European inclined. Catch it here.

1997 was a busy year for Melanie with Antlers at the end of the year (try it here) and Low Country at the beginning (the one we talk about). It's a shame that this album was not released with a normal distribution since it had everything to find a large audience. Actually this is the more American record she did in all her career. In a sense her Dylano-Springteenian album although it's hard for me to write it (I kinda dislike Springsteen). It's quite similar to what Ian Hunter's been doing in the late years. It seems so different of her other albums that it shows that Melanie has never been your usual country-rock singer as some would seem to suppose. The album contains some real gems and even if there are some rockers, most of the LP is quiet and lyrically real sad and desillusioned on almost everything, love included ("I'm Not In Love Anymore" is one of her most depressive texts). To the 12 tracks of the initial version, I add the unreleased version of "Prematurely Grey" recorded during the same sessions and that is one of the most moving songs of the whole. Strange she did not want to include it here. I would have liked to know the reason why. Musically, she is backed with her son and fine musicians and no more trace of the awful 80's sound that ruined her songs during the eighties and the first part of the 90's. Actually, this is not the style of music I prefer but Melanie could sing almost any style, I would be able to appreciate. I used the real cover sleeve for the front but created a back one to write the song names. Included in the rar file are the lyrics of all the songs. Thx to say thx in comments if you appreciate the work.



In streaming, I posted the rockest of the whole, "On The Lam Of The Law", not far from what Barbara Keith plays with the Stone Coyotes, and the previously unreleased one, "Prematurely Grey", for its emotional power. I added an interesting video (not good visual quality but sound is OK) in which she plays "Freedom Knows My Name" 2 years before Low Country, backed with a bass-drummer duo and by her daughter for vocals.

A Lam In The Law. I'm on the lam from the law boy On the lam from the law I never pick up no certified mail You never know what it's for If anybody asks you tell them I'm not home I'm gonna take my number Off this bugged telephone You see I never did, I never knew, I never saw On the lam from the law I'm on the lam from the law boy On the lam from the law As if death wasn't enough boy They never leave you alone If anybody asks you don't know where I am I don't know how I got myself into this terrible jam You see I never did, I never knew, I never saw On the lam from the law No dirty words in my song I drive with my seat belt on Got sued and lost what a scam See you in court Get in line what a jam I'm on the lam from the law boy On the lam from the law I never pick up no certified mail You never know what it's for If anybody asks you tell them you don't know where I am I don't know how I got myself Into this terrible jam I never did, I never knew, I never saw I'm on the lam from the law I'm on the lam from the law I'm on the lam from the law

Prematurely Grey. Too quick to smile And to easy to cry The first to say hello And the last to say goodbye A sucker for adventure A fool for the truth And I'm prematurely grey Absolutely blue And I'm prematurely grey Absolutely blue Too late to come And the last to go The first one to believe And the last to know A sucker for religion And all that is true And I'm prematurely grey Absolutely blue And I'm prematurely grey Absolutely blue

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9/1/14

Humble Pie - John Peel Sunday Show (1970)

A re-up in response to a request. Interesting to see which LPs are first requested. A good opportunity to remember what a great guy was Steve Marriott and an interesting, although uneven, band was the Pie. Catch it here.

This show was recorded during the period the band was becoming the hard blues combo it would be most remembered for in the story of rock music, the band who left the famous Performance Rockin' the Fillmore (released in complete version last October, that means with the 4 shows the band played over their 2 day staying in the place) to the world, recorded 8 months later. Interestingly, here the band is only negociating its heavy turn and it's a less extreme approach of this so typical 70's style characterized by long long tracks with a lot of improvisation. The best moment of this show is the 18 min cover of Dr John's classic "I Walk On Guilded Splinters". Really amazing the way they carry the audience throughout a maelstrom of gloomy blues and voodoo atmospheres. No use to say more. Steve Marriott was really a sort of hero in his genre. And hearing the so particular John Peel voice introducing each song, as if we were still in 1970 listening to the radio, is a nostalgia shoot for old dogs like me. Enjoy it here. I created the cover sleeve with a Harry Clarke drawing (the illustrator of Edgar Allan Poe). Sorry for the picture on the back cover, it's the 1972 version of the band, Clem Clempson replacing Peter Frampton, gone for sucessful solo adventures. Below, the videos are not from this show but shot during the same period.






8/30/14

Man - Live at the Rainbow (1972)



I'm very happy someone asked for this album to be re-up. A way to celebrate the great underrated musician Micky Jones was. In this short-lived version of Man, he was in charge of the leadership and this has always been my favorite period of the band (sorry for Deke Leonard but that's my humble opinion). So here it is, captured during the Be Good To Yourself tour. And never forget Man. Catch it here.

I just learned that Micky Jones died last March. Quite late indeed but I knew he had brain tumour for years and didn't go anymore on the Man main page. Cos' Micky Jones was one of the 2 leaders of the Welsh band Man, (the other being Deke Leonard) one of my fave bands, and a great composer, guitarist and singer, and, if I judge by the various testimonies (here, there, or there), a great man too. My fave period of the long Man story is actually the short one during which Deke Leonard had quitted the band, between 1972 and 1973. Micky Jones was therefore the only captain of the ship and conducted the band in long sets of semi-instrumentals that are as exciting today than at the times they were composed. No many bands have succeeded in that difficult exercise. This is during this period this concert was recorded. Actually the LP (a bootleg) could have been entitled Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day Live since the setlist is the same than this studio album, my fave of the band. It's the quintessence of what US west coast sound mixed with brit rock could produce. And don't forget Terry Williams on drums, one of my 5 fave drummers of all times (with BJ Wilson, Ian Paice, Stuart Elliott and Dale Crover).



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8/29/14

JFG - Singles (2010-2012)

Since it's my fave I-did-it-myself cover sleeve and since jfg is one of my fave contempory (alive & well) singer-composer-guitarist, I re-up this compilation of singles (some real, some fakes and once again done by myself). He's currently back from Berlin and playing (and living) again in Bordeaux. Hope he'll release something soon. Times are a little bit boring without new songs from him. Hope this blog helps to make him known worldwide. Catch it here.

Here a compilation of singles from JFG (with the Irregulars or Winter of Love) released or, for most of them, that I created with songs I thought had the greatest hit potential and deserved to be issued on single with cover sleeves of their own. Unfortunately, our times seem not kind with people such as JFG and it's a real shame. But his time will come. Meanwhile, make this ten yours and tell me if you don't have here one of our finest singer songwriter. And please, go on his bandcamp get the official albums and EPs here. And it will be perfect for your saturday night party or your sunday morning jogging. Music for all good moments of life (and shitty ones too). I'm quite happy with the front cover sleeve I did (a little bit of autocongratulation for once).


8/28/14

John Cale - Animal Justice EP w bonus track (1977)



I re-up this gem as requested, but not in flac sorry. If you were kind enough to tell me (in comments) if all is OK with dl material with M, it would be helpful. Some say M is not approved by their computer. Is it true for some of you? Please tell. Meanwhile, catch this one here.

After leaving Island (I'll post later on some of his wonderful work from this era) John Cale had a difficult period concerning his solo work. Between 1975 and 1979, he would release only one EP, called Animal Justice, our today's post, a rather provocating affair and one of the few records from old artists that I bought that year cos' it seemed to me it fitted perfectly to the atmosphere of the punk era (much more than many others of his seventies mates). With it's fantastic cover sleeve, this EP featured 2 cult songs. The first is "Chicken Shit", based upon what is sometimes called the Croydon Chicken Incident (see here the story), a live set during which Cale cut the head of a chicken with a meat cleaver, the volatile having been freshly killed previously backstage. In this song, Cale is quite sarcastic about the reaction of his bassist and drummer who immediately quitted the stage and the band. The other cult song is "Hedda Gabler", based on the character of the Ibsen theatre play. Strangely, the keyboard theme is not without similarities with "Give My Compliments To The Chef" from SAHB. But it's a great song with a sublime climax. This EP has only been included on the Sabotage (Live) CD re-issue in 2000. Thanx to the anonymous visitor who sent me a link to this CD. Yesterday I had posted a ripped vinyl version I did but today I substitute for these CD versions, much improved on a sound level. And find the lyrics for Chicken Shit here and for Hedda Gabler there. Added on the 11/26/2011. I added a song recorded during the same session (in Chalk Farm) and not included in the EP. It's called Jack The Ripper and was included in the Seducing Down The Door Rhino compilation on which you can also find "Hedda Gabbler" and "Memphis". A fifth song was recorded ("Ton Ton Macoute") but seems not to have been released in any format. I'm not a total Cale connoisseur in terms of discography, this is why my Cale's posts are rather evolutive.

A picture of the Croydon Chicken Incident on April 24 1977


A picture turning in derision this episode taken in 1979

8/27/14

Barry Ryan - Singles As & Bs (1968-1972)



"Aussitôt demandé, aussitôt fait". In other words, one of you asked today for a re-up of Barry Ryan stuff, here the first one, the singles A's & B's. One of my main pride in creating this blog, is to have made contempory again songs and artists who were doomed to stay forgotten for eternity, or, worse, only known for one hit. It's the case with Barry Ryan who, with his brother Paul, deserves to be remembered since he offered a fantastic bunch of great tunes, orchestrations and upon all, performed with a wonderful voice. Catch it here

Here is finally the (almost complete) chronological compilation of all the singles released by Barry Ryan between 1968 and 1972. It's 13 singles, not all commercially successful (you can find all the charts positions here, beware, it's in German) but honestly all at least interesting and pleasant to hear and several of them total masterpieces. Is missing "Lay Down", the B-side of "We Did It Together", a single I don't have and too expensive for me to get at the time. If I get it in the future I'll repost this compilation and add it. Missing also the singles sung in German. I'll post them later maybe but they seem quite out of place here. So the collection is only 25 songs long. The sound quality of this compilation is quite uneven since I ripped some songs (not many actually) from my 7" vinyls and I'm not a master to make them totally CD-rip sounding MP3s. But nothing too terrible. Among the masterpieces, there are of course "Eloïse", "The Colour Of My Life", "The Hunt", "Kitsch", "Red Man", "It Is Written" (the later in streaming) but some other less known songs here will be stunning surprises to your ears I guess, and you'll probably wonder why Paul Ryan (all songs are not from him but most of the 16 first are) is not considered one of the most brilliant songwriter of the last century. And listen to "Magical Spiel" to know where Queen has taken its style from. In 4 years, it's quite an achivement I think. Some last rarities to be posted here. It'll be singles published in 1974 and 1975 alone or under the Paul and Barry Ryan names. I hope this help to make the Ryan's music present in today's world. We need it (at least I).



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8/26/14

Peter Perrett - The 1972 tape (1972)



Another re-up on M. Once again, I re-up according to requests since there are more than 700 records that have been deleted. You decide which ones will be re-up in leaving a comment. Catch this one here.

In the summer of 1972, Peter Perrett, aged 20, records some songs with his friends John Newey and Harry Kalouli to show to a putative new member aimed for guitarist in a new band (then called Peter & the Pets or England's Glory) how were his songs. Newey was beating time on a biscuit box and Harry Kakoulli slapping his bass (this comes from the Nina Antonia Perrett's biography). The result is surprising since here Peter Perrett is closer to his Only Ones period than to the short England's Glory one. He doesn't imitate so much Lou Reed than in their demo-LP of the further year. The most thrilling for any Only Ones fan, is to hear "Inbetweens" 6 years before it will appear on record. Some weeks later, there will be another "session", allowing to discover other new songs from this phoenix that honestly, has few chances in 1973 to be recognized as a major composer given the music featuring in the charts. So here is this testimony, released under the name of England's Glory in 2005 in a compilation called "The First And Last". I did the cover sleeve from 2 pictures I found on the net. I think it's rather appropriate.

Peter Perrett in 1972

John Newey in 1972

Marc Bolan - Blues (1972-77)





















Another re-up. Don't have too much to add to the text below. Hope to post some new stuff soon. Catch it here.

Another weird idea: select demos in which Marc Bolan played (the) blues. Difficult sometimes to be sure I'm not calling blues what some specialists would proof it's not, but I take the risk to be criticized and I think these 15 songs all belong to the genre we call blues. It's for me important since I always thought Bolan bottom song structures layed on blues. But he disguised them under a medieval folky approach during the Tyranosaurus Rex era, a glam rock approach during the T Rextasy era and a soul approach after 1975. It would have been a great idea if he took the audacious move to release a blues album and surely would have enhanced the respect that the press and a large part of music lovers had for him. But he had not the time (honestly, that he died at 30 was one of the greatest waste for music I ever can think of). So here is only a sketch of what could have been, taken from the more than 160 demos that Edsel released on their Unchained series (some of them being quite expensive to get now). Bolan was not stucked to one style of blues specifically, and he sails from Mississipi John Hurt to John Lee Hooker according to his mood. And there's a handful of gems in it (such as "Did You Ever", "Shadow Babe" or "Get Down"). And some unexpected things such as this talling blues called "Unicorn Horn". Sorry, on the back cover sleeve, I wrote there was a band on songs 13 & 15 but "Get Down" (15) is acoustic. Of course I created the cover sleeve and I think it's quite a good one. Very pleasant to hear all these songs in a row rather than spread among heterogeneous styles.




8/23/14

The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre (2011)



I learn only today that The Devil's Blood disbanded in 2013 and more dramatic, that Selim Lemouchi killed himself last April. Three years ago, I decided not to post anymore albums from bands in activities that should be supported and their music bought (there is much more direct way to pay them now than a few years ago). I had up this album and it was removed by mf. But now, I feel it's a way to make the Selim music lives throughout his death (same as Lifelover). So I reup on M (here) and hope it will stay. Really, this album is one of the milestones of the beginning of this century. And (for me) there are not much but I may be wrong, I barely listen to everything as I used to last century.

As a fan of Shocking Blue and doom, it's no surprise I definitively dig The Devil's Blood (could call themselves The Shocking Red) who often sounds as Shocking Blue turning doom. Both are from Nederland, the real 3rd country for music. But more than that, the band succeeds in creating real fucking good songs, and, as for Uncle Acid & the deadbeats, this deserves to be saluted. If we lived on a planet where people had still functional ears, this LP would have been one of the biggest seller of the year. We're far from this reality unfortunately. Here, you got 10 songs that I wouldn't expect a contempory band to be able to compose. OK, it's close to nostalgia but I don't care. Moreover, the singer, Farida Lemouchi has a voice I really like, a mix between (of course) Mariska Veres (on "Fire Burning") and PP Arnold, imagine my jubilation. And if all the sexist comments of the metal reviewers about her body silhouette could stop, it would be a real relief. Personally I think she's gorgeous. I missed them recently in Paris and I'm very angry against me. I must be more vigilant on the concerts in this city of no-fun. Some of the below pictures were taken from here.








8/22/14

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Epics (1968-71)



A reup of a compilation I'm rather proud of and consisting of the long tracks CCR spread in their albums during their short but intense career. Nothing rare but a proof this band was much more than a hit machine. Get it again here.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was my first fave band. It was in 1970, I was 12 yrs old, and Pendulum was the first LP I bought with my own money (without knowing it, my parents gave me each month just the money that I needed to buy an LP). But if I loved the CCR hits, my preference was for what I call here their epics, I mean long songs with instrumental bridges in which they had the time to create a climax. And it was generally a dark and heavy climax. I feel that more than Black Sabbath, these epics are responsible for making me so much appreciate instrumental doom. Since compilations all focus on singles or classics of the band but not (except Chooglin' but omitting a lot) on epics, I decided to constitute my ideal CCR compilation with all their epics gathered. My favorite is the incredible version of the Marvin Gaye standard "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" but "Pagan Baby" or "Effigy", and the central bridge of "Ramble Tamble" are prime cuts. Since the atmosphere of these tracks are often religious, macabre et obituary, I created a relevant cover sleeve from pictures (not mine) taken in Louisiana. Although from San Francisco, the band often referred to this land. Another thing that makes them something like sludge ancestors.



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8/21/14

Alternative TV - My Baby's Laughing 7" (1987)



I read in a book about procrastination ("The art of procrastination" by John Perry) that to avoid procrastination on early morning, one solution is to make your alarm wake you up with the most happy song you ever heard. I had to think a long time before finding a happy song in my memory, and among them one that would not drive me to kill myself when playing, and finally the best I could find was this one by Mark Perry (more a solo song than a true ATV one actually). So, over the last 7 says, I got it as alarm music. Don't know if it works since I took some days off. But as soon as tomorrow, I will know. A good opportunity to reup it. Get it here.

This 7" is from the second reformation of ATV, a version of the band that lived from 1985 to 1987, the first one being after The Good Missionaries, in 1981 for The Ancient Rebels LP. After 2 strong EPs and an excellent LP (Peep Show, highly recommended), the band (Mark Perry, Allison Phillips and Steve Cannell), released this 7" with the great "My Baby's Laughing (Empty Summer Dream)") on A-side, a song featuring in the LP but with an atmosphere so different from the gloomy mood of the album, that honestly it would have been a better idea to put it out on a single only. I really don't understand why Mark Perry is not considered as a true genius (often ATV is conversely considered as a second rate punk band) and this song says it all. This happy refrain is one that few other than him may have conceived. The B-side featured 2 acoustic songs, not easy to find I think, since they are on none of the various compilations released about the band. They're both fine and, in complete opposition with the A-side, are filled with loneliness and sadness, the usual content of Mark Perry's lyrics, but nobody will throw a stone to him for that I suppose, everyone knows it can help crossing some river of life in our own existence sometimes. So, the only thing to say, whoever is now Mark (that I had the chance to interview some 10 years ago, during 3 long hours in a hotel bedroom where he was sick and had to cancel his show) is thanx. 



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