Jack Bruce - Can You Follow? fake EP (1971)

One of the pleasures of this blog is to conceive fake singles or EPs that I would have dreamed some label manager had decided to release. Of course, none of them would have sold but they may have remained as a true piece of seminal vinyl. I also love the idea to build such singles or EPs around one song. This is the case with this Jack Bruce fake EP built around the short intro song of Harmony Row (in case you were not informed, one of the greatest LP in history). Here we have the LP version one followed (can you?) by the first take of the song and the band instrumental version (both on the 2003 reissue of the album). In the middle, the first take of "There's A Forest"(forgot to wrote on the fake back cover sleeve it was the first take but it was). Another piano-only song proving (if there was any need) than Jack Bruce was (is?) one of the greatest melodist and singer any period. The shivers his voice and melodies trigger in my spine are not far from the ones that Robert Wyatt trigger too. Hope this offering will give to some of you the same emotions than to me. The cover sleeve is derived from the inner sleeve picture of Harmony Row. Enjoy it here.

Can You Follow? Hey can you follow, Now that the trace is fainter in the sand Try turning your face to the wall Can you still read me Now that the chase is wilder in your hand Try losing your place in the sun All the praises of the dream turned to tangles in the trees All yesterday's fine chariots turned to buses in the street Can you still hear me Now that the songs are moving into night Try sleeping with the dancers in your room


Nikki Sudden - Acoustic set at Artliners (2006)

There was quite a time I wanted to post this acoustic set captured at Arliners, in Berlin, and recorded 1 month before Nikki's death, on the 17th of February 2006. But I postponed it for several months since I was not able to recognize the title of 2 songs (I'm not a total addict and specialist of Sudden repertoire). Actually someone had given me a CD-R more than 7 years ago without any title on it, only the date of the recording. I finally found these titles today, so I don't wait for posting it. Note that yesterday I received my 6-CD + 1 boxset The Boy From Nowhere from easyaction.co.uk (a great thing but I have some critics about it I'll tell one day maybe). All the details explaining why there was so few people in the audience are on the back of the cover sleeve (below). If of course it's a great emotion to listen in such an intimate condition an artist you love so close of his death, it can't be denied that it takes quite a time for the songs to reach a certain level of depht. But of course all of you who appreciate the man and didn't know about this recording would be delighted to get it so I stop talking bullshit and let you enjoy here. PS. I did a di-by-myself cover sleeve for the front but only modified the boot one for the back (am I clear I don't believe?)


Black Sabbath - Live at California Jam (1974)

Another Sabbath show, 18 months earlier (on the 6th of April 1974) than the Asbury Park set, only some weeks after the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album, in front of one of the largest audience ever seen in rock history. It is said that there were more than 200,000 persons, let's have a look at the picture below. It was a festival located on Ontario Motor Freeway and called California Jam. It's true that the program featured among the most popular bands of the era. Here we are far from the dark and gothic atmosphere but strangely, listened without taking into account this environment, the music keeps all it's venimous and blasphemic power. If Ozzy would have limited his "We love you" and "Clap your hands", the context would have been totally avoided. The set has been filmed and the videos can be seen almost everywhere (see below too for a sample but you can find more on youtube). There were several bootlegs of this show under various names and cover sleeves sometimes totally weird, with Dio on the picture not Ozzy. I chose to do one myself with a drawning from Lovis Corinth. Not the best I did but I didn't find a better idea. I can't say I listened to all the versions released but the ones I heard have very contrasted sound qualities. The one I post is the best I heard. It's in VLC to enhance still a bit the quality compared to the MP3. The tracks are on the same file but it's not a real problem for a live set. The music can thus be appreciated without too much sound quality disagreement. That's the main point. Enjoy it here.


Emily Wells - Passenger / Let Your Guard Down 7" (2012)

A re-up cos' Emily Wells (seen this evening in concert at Paris, only 40 min but great as I expected it) releases her Mama LP in Europe on last monday. It is backed with an acoustic version of the album on a second CD. Of course it seems to me impossible not to buy it for anybody with a seeming musical awareness (I even bought it again with the acoustic LP tonight and she dedkated it to me, I'm returning to my teen-fan attitude it's ridiculous I know but I don't care) but after all, so many bad music is popular, it is maybe too much to ask that great music be still appreciated. For me Emily Wells is one of the most talented and moving artist of this last decade and she can rivalizes with all the previously great artists she could sometimes be compared to (what I did in my first post I remember). I hope she'll go on in this tight and rigorous approach of music. As I tried to tell her in my poor English, the way she shows the skeleton of her songs, the work-in-progress, is participating to the beauty of her songs and the emotion of the listener. I even compared her to the Eiffel Tower, a monument in which the metallic structure is part of the grandeur and splendour. Yes I know I must be a little psycho to do such comparison but she seemed to take it as a compliment so that the point. Below, what I wrote in the initial post (I don't read it again to preclude being tempted to modify or remove it) exactly one year ago.

I'm really in love with the last Emily Wells LP called Mama. I don't really dig her previous works (the last LP was released in 2008 I think) but this later one is totally thrilling, stunning, moving. And among the 10 songs, "Passenger", the first single will be without a doubt one of my fave song of the year. I don't stop listening to it and each time I shiver like a young teenager although I'm not one for a long long time now (but in my inner self, I can't really say I'm feeling so far from my teen years). Somewhere between Bolan, Kate Bush and Danielle Dax (personal choice of influences, maybe I'm wrong but I hear them in her), but with a lo-fi and experimental approaches that none of these brilliant masters adopted, she shows that all the female singer-songwriters are not naive muppets playing the romantic, evanescent and sexy (and silly) creatures. She would deserve to have the same success than Lana Del Rey (and I rather appreciate Miss Rey) but sure she doesn't fit in the mainstream instrumental codes to reach such a notoriety. I post this single (with a do-it-myself cover sleeve taken from the first picture of her clip), only a virtual one I think, to which I added a B-side with one of the other highlights of her LP, the wonderful "Let Your Guard Down". If you don't fall for these, it's quite desperating. Hope I won't be forced to remove the link. I'm sure that I help her in posting  this  but I know many don't agree. Catch it here. And then buy the album there (or anywhere you want).