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. Enjoy this formidable document here (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).
Last official single released by Dan Treacy, 4 years ago, the A-side, with it's weird reference to Yoko Ono (surely for the pleasure of playing with "Oh no") would be on A Memory Is Better Than Nothing the next year but under the name of "She's My Yoko". Actually, I'm not sure it's completely the same version so I was careful to put the single source. On the B-side, the Velvetian "Girl From Nowhere" seems like a swansong in which Dan Treacy disappears forever, caring no more how he sings and what the fuck is going on, like in our last moments when we think "oh let it go". The instrumental final with oboe is really gorgeous. Music should always be like this or not be. Enjoy it here.
This is what I call a good post. Not that the 2 songs of the second Nikki Sudden solo single are top ones, but because the version of "Chelsea Embankment" on the B-side is in no way the album version (which was on Bible Belt). It's a weird version played only by Nikki Sudden apparently in a pub or somewhere similar, with a first part backwards and a second part rather approximately sung and played. But anyway, it has, to my knowledge, never been released as bonus on any reissue (vinyl or CD) and therefore is a rarity that fits perfectly with the concept of this blog. Ripped from a vinyl I found recently. The A-side is a post-punk song that had few chance to be noticed in 1982. Not bad but rather basic. However, enjoy this single here.
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. Enjoy it here.
I forgot to specify that the 2 previous TVP singles ("Good Anarchist" and "People Think That We Are Strange") were released in Spain whereas this one (in May 2009) was a US release. Not sure it was possible that this psyche-cosmic song with not really serious lyrics (I sincerely hope you'll like my new tattoo) could have made it there but after all it was Dan Treacy and anything from him was better than nothing or most thing from other ones. Although the single featured the Edit version, I don't like to put cut versions of songs so I enclosed the complete version (7 min long in the file). Unfortunately the B-side was not the occasion to have a non-LP track since "Funny He Never Married" would be on A Memory Is Better Than Nothing LP the following year. But this song is such a wonderful moment of emotion that nobody would mind, somewhere between Robert Wyatt, J. Mascis and Neil Young, but totally Dan Treacy, with this childlike way to approach melodies that has never been reached by anyone else. Since I decided to post all the singles and EPs from the first decade of 2000, it's a good opportunity to put some light on this forgotten treasure. Enjoy it here.
Yesterday the word was Sadness when I arrived at the Trianon for the band concert. I should have been with my son but he finally declined to come and to be here alone made me jumped in a sea of... sadness actually. Did the band was able to change the "s" in "m"? Only partially. My life is so tightly linked with the songs of this incredibly underrated band (actually in France where they are too much considered as an entertainment and dance burlesque ensemble) that often the thrill to hear the melodies and orchestrations (always perfectly played, and I saw them 3 time over the last 4 years) was mixed with some nostalgia and awful feeling of all these years passed by and things irremediably lost. So here, this free downloadable testimony the band has generously (a word that suits them perfectly) provided last christmas. It shows that they are not living on their past but always creating (even if their last album doesn't reach the genius of the the fantastic Liberty of Norton Folgate). Enjoy it here. Below a picture from last evening show at the Trianon and more here.
This is an upload of the same concert than previously posted here under the name of Delicado, which is the famous symphonic show at the Hollywood Bowl of Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic and the Roger Wake Chorale. The difference is the much improved sound on this version, not far to be equivalent to an official release. And since the setlist and the playings are still better than with the Edmonton Orchestra 2 years before (that gave the still more famous official live LP), it's not far to be one of the best LP ever released in history, even if non officially. Note that there is a mystery which is the usual mistake done about the date of the show, often said to be on the 4th of August when it was on the 21st of September. I did the mistake on my Delicado's post (but the mistake is on the cover too) but I'll change it right after this one. If I called the show and the LP Welcome In The Grand Hotel, it's because it was the poster announcement for the further shows (the one I created the cover sleeve with) and that it's true that 4 of the songs are from Grand Hotel which had been released 6 months earlier. The title suits after all quite perfectly to the general atmosphere of this incredible performance in which BJ Wilson and Mick Grabham are particularly brilliant. Note that this version has been released last year on CD (actually a bootleg) by a French label called On the air. I would like to deeply thank Jean Marc Devaux, leader, singer, guitarist and composer of the band Astral Quest (see here, notably for his superb version of Procol's "Long Gone Geek", and more to come) to have sent it to me. Enjoy this aural jewel here. Pictures of the show come from here. Below I selected 4 songs for the streaming sample (I'm too generous with you, you should dl it without even listening to it beforehand).
Another re-up allowing to salute in the same post 3 of my heroes: Nikki Sudden, Mark Perry and Kevin Coyne (let's add Jowe Head). Another of my mf deleted files I discovered I forgot to re-u on rs and nobody asked for. Sad actually. Except if everybody bought the album but I have doubts. So here it is again. Can't realize this post was done exactly 2 years ago. Time is like wind and takes our lives away as straw sticks it's terrible.
Since I try to post all the Alternative TV rarities, it was unavoidable that I post the Mark Perry's cover of a very rare Kevin Coyne song called "Hello Judas". It's the occasion to talk about Kevin Coyne just to say that he's one of my fave artists since 1973 and that I'll someday post his singles discography for sure. Here, the ATV song is driven from a 22 + 2 song compilations called Whispers From The Offing (with an awfully unrelevant cover sleeve and many many weak versions of rather unknown singers, an exception for the splendid version of "Case History n°2" by Pascal Regis that I could have included in this fake EP but I was not sure he would agree). Cos' it seems that the musical heritage of Kevin Coyne is kept by his fans and family as a private treasure, see the recent text of his son who ask us not to illegally dl the scandalous reissue of the Kevin Coyne's Virgin back catalogue only in non remastered MP3 version. They should have refused to give their agreement to such a bastard way to consider music lovers as paying pigs. Esoteric is said to release it in solid form (CD) soon. It's better to wait and to dl it without giving your money to Virgin that will be encouraged otherwise to do the same with their other artists. You can buy the Whipers of the Offing if you want, it's not a Virgin product, and benefits go to a charity institution. But here I made an EP with the 3 artists that many of us sure appreciated the most in the whole bunch. If the Nikki Sudden rendition of "Marlene" is quite common and predictible, the Alternative TV and the Jower Head covers areof first quality. The cover sleeve was created with paintings from Kevin Coyne. I can't say I'm very receptive of this naïve art but who care.Sorry for the mistake on the History of Case History)
Just to say that I re-uped this one tonight following a visitor's request. I think there's less and less mf uploads to be re-up on rs but if there's still some missing thanks to tell me by comments, I'll do it.
Before Sparks, there was Halfnelson, and before the first officially released album of Halfnelson, there was this album called A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing, a title that the band will use again for the first Sparks album (is it clear?). This album was worth releasing and it's a shame it was not and that it's now a forgotten one, cos' there are many excellent songs among the 12 featuring on it. Some will resurface later such as "Saccharin and the War" or "Roger", but in rather more sophisticated versions. What is clear is that the band had the british pop in the DNA of their songwriting, except for a strong Beach Boys influences. For the sleeve, as many, I was inspired by this information that "Ron Mael designed a sleeve depicting someone flying pas the Eiffel Tower on a surfboard in front of a bright moon". I didn't find the visual material to reproduce the original idea but tried to provide something not too ugly (others have done it, and I did a new one only for the pleasure, not cos' I thought I was doing better). Moreover, the sound version here was found on this site, a much improved sound compared to the vinyl rip you can find elsewhere. You can have all the informations you need on each song of this album here. Enjoy here this testimony of what a great duo was the Mael brother since the beginning of their long lasting career.
In April 2009, more than one year after the "Good Anarchist" single, a new Television Personalities appeared (on the same label) with two completely different songs on each side. On the A-side an intimate and nursery-like song Dan Treacy is so good at, and on the B-side the more psyche-chaotic side of his personality. Both are loveable of course. The A-side would be later included on the A Memory Is Better Than Nothing LP next year (not sure whether the version is completely the same actually) whereas the B-side would remain only available on this single. Let's go on in the unfortunately less prolific TVP production of this decade. Enjoy it here.
If there's a band that, next to Third World War and Slade deserves to be recognized as the precursors of late 70's UK pub rock and early punk à-la Sham 69 or Menace, it's Crushed Butler (even if punks probably never heard of them). But there was a hard rock dimension to their music that lacked to the laters. Inexplicably, they never released anything during their short-lived career (but there are other great bands who never did too, showing that this period was not the golden one so many of my generation would like to convince youngster it was) before mutating their name in Tiger without more success. It's raw and rough and dirty and down-to-earth, it's seminal and tribal, it's rock as it was supposed to be when considered as a fist in the face of mainstream and normality. This compiled LP has just been re-released on Die Luxus in 10 inch vinyl format and should be possessed. Just listen to "Love Fighter", somewhere between Steppenwolf and Led Zeppelin and tell me whether it was possible to live without it. Hector and Butler later formed the Hammersmith Gorillas. Daryl Read (the drummer) did a solo life (also working with Ray Manzarek) and is always on the edge and all info can be found here or there. Enjoy this gem here.