Procol Harum - Live At Golder's Green Hippodrome (1977)

Third and last Procol Harum re-up for tonight. We discussed with Gary Brooker yesterday about the feelings he had about the band during this tour and why they all decided to quit. They were maybe no more the sparkling band that they were 3 years before but they could still provide high class music on stage. Catch it here.

A fucking good surprise to have discovered this late London concert, not far from the end of the band. I don't want to put too many live recordings on this blog but for my fave bands and if the sound quality is good enough (a pre-requisite), I find interesting to offer some of them. And although my memory of a concert seen in Paris during the same tour, left me a very bad impression (I quitted before the end of the set), I didn't find on this recording what annoyed me, the band playing wonderfully. Moreover, the live versions of the 2 tracks of the very bad Something Magic album, fit totally well.

No streaming cos the concert is in one part.

Procol Harum - Welcome At The Grand Hotel / Live At The Hollywood Bowl (1973)

Second re-up for tonight. One of the many highlights of the band. If you want to hear a proof that this association can lead to something else than embarrassing failure, listen to this 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. 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).

Procol Harum - Exotic Birds And Fruits Live in London (1974)

Having seen Gary Brooker on stage yesterday night for a bunch of old r'n'b standards but with some Procol stuff, I re-up bootleg live sets that were lost with my rs account. Here's the first. They are all prime cuts to listen. Catch it here and details below.

One month before the official release of Exotic Birds And Fruits, Procol Harum plays a show in London (at the Hippodrome Golders Green) intended to be broadcasted on the BBC, this the same month that John Peel would have them for a Peel Session. It seemed that the big time was here for the band, quite a surprise in the UK where Procol Harum had never succeeded to impose its singular approach of music. But the future will show that it was only a mirage and that the rest of the year will not see any triumph. It must be remembered what a particular year is 1974, with glam rock reaching its peak, occulting quite everything else except progressive rock. However, the band is here in its best formation to my ears, and their set is strong (as Samson) and precious (as Delilah). Among the 11 songs featuring in this record, only 9 would be broadcasted (the reason 2 have quite bad sound mix since the master is lost). This was released by the BBC only in 1999, after several bootlegs, with weak but not so bad quality, were to be found on the market. But the sleeve of the Strange Fruit recording (funny coincidence that the label of the BBC recording was called as this) was totally crappy. Since 6 among the 11 tracks were a teasing of the Exotic Birds And Fruits album, I thought it was a good idea to give this name to the LP. I chose a painting from the same artist than the original Exotic Birds And Fruits album, Jacob Bogdani, a Hungarian painter born in 1660 and who lived and died (in 1724) in London (go here if you want to see his work). I included the complete painting in the rar file. About the music now. The concert is an opportunity to understand that the band had decided to leave its symphonic and its melancholic sides behind, and was much more in a social rock period targetting most of people having the power on others lives (conquistadors, men of power and money on "As Strong As Samson" and "Nothing But The Truth", Label directors on "Butterfly Boys", idol makers on "The Idol"...). BJ Wilson is shining throughout the concert but it's now tautologic to write this since this drummer is solar. The other great man of the show is Mick Grabham who surely has been the best guitarist of the band throughout his history, and whose Gibson sound is totally my taste (this thick sound that had been the Guy Stevens mark between 1968 and 1972). But I talk too much. Enjoy this show, it's a splendid addition to the ones posted lately, and some others will come.

Bringing Home The Bacon. Bringing home the bacon, Tender juicy steaks Breast-fed baby dumpling Gobbling up the cakes Milk-fed baby dumpling, Slobbering, goo-faced, mean Wet-nursed sour purse spot face, Blubbering in the cream Emperor baby dumpling, Loaded, bloated curse Mighty baby dumpling, Stuffing 'til he bursts

Below, "Bringing Home The Bacon" in streaming because it's a wonderful song to see how great he was, but also because he quite misses some of his effects on this version and it makes him still more touching (he was a human, he could fail). And 2 videos from a German TV show where we can see how the band could play almost anything from the waltzes of grand Hotel to the blues-rock of Drunk Again with the same class. No one able to compete.


Alternative TV - Apollo (1999)

Soon a new Alternative TV album will be issued. It's name: "Opposing Forces". First in quite a long time. The eponymous song here as a teaser. It's a winner. So the re-up of Apollo is here to stimulate your curiosity for this new offer. More about it below. And catch it here.

Not only a bunch of forgotten songs, but a whole album of them. Released under the name of Alternative TV, it is much more a Mark Perry solo one although he was helped by talented friends. Released today on a decent label (I mean decently distributed) it would have surely a greater impact it had 10 years ago. Times have changed and this lofi room-made music is of greater relevance it was at the time. It must be said that this is a very different sound than the punk-noise ATV we use to know. A strange melting pot of styles with a variety I was surprised to find. But this is still Mark Perry, and at his best. The music falls between the Fall (!) and TV Personalities, with something experimental, but a pop flavour, palatable experimentation in other words. And finally 16 songs that together create a damned good album, absurdly underrated and overlooked. Contrary to what was previously the habit with ATV, all the experiments succeed in creating something pleasant to ear. This is not a mandatory condition for me, but actually it can be a quality and it is here. If someone wants to know why I think Mark Perry is one of our greatest songwriters for the last 30 years, this is an album to listen to. Among the gems, there are "Apollo" (featuring Roddy Flame from Aztec Camera), a kind of pop standard that failed to find its way through the charts, "Communication Failure", the riff of "Another Coke" allowing Mark Perry to make a sad "constat" about punk (probably one of the best lyrics on the movement ever written), but also the incredible fakely naive and provocative "A Love Song", and "The Green Hair", with its Floydian climax. But several others are really a great listening experience such as the moving "I Looked At Your Face" or the strange "Propaganda" with its Specials atmosphere. All in all, this album must be listened to as a whole and I never separate songs from each others when putting it on my record player. Unfortunately, there won't be any other album from Mark Perry recorded with this freedom, and the only further one (Revolution) will be more opportunism (Mark P. told me that personally) than a authenticity. Overground records was a fine shelter for Mark Perry during these years. Steve Albini was involved in this label and had edited the excellent Live 1978 LP (see Live at Southend elsewhere on this blog). The 12 page booklet with pseudo SciFi drawings is reproduced in the .rar file.

Below, you can listen to first "A Love Song" and under "Communication Failure"



Television Personalities - How I Learned To Love The Bomb Real Complete EP (1986)

Here the beginning of a series of re-ups of Television Personalities material posted previously on this blog but now on M. Hope it'll stay for long now. Most of this material is post-1986 since you can find most of their 1978-84 period about everywhere in various compilations or actual releases albums. After their rather lower public profile led to several hard to find songs that you'll find here and there in the posts. Note that all the official singles released between 1989 and 2011 are available here and there. But I think it's good to have them in their independant release formats. To begin, not a single from this period but one of their most famous and cherished song from 1986 in the 2 issued formats and with all the songs (most of all masterpieces) associated. Dan, we miss you so much. Catch this bomb here. Not a bad thing to open summer with this one.

I repost this complete How I Learned To Love The Bomb fake EP, cumulating the original 12" released in January 1986, and the 7" version in November 1986 cause I included only one version of the title track on the previous post when actually, as you'll see in comments, versions of the songs are different. On CD issues (on Yes Darling, But Is It Art? or on The Painted World) I only find the 12" version. So I did a rip from my 7" and so you can listen to each. Personally, and contrary to what I say in the post, I've no fave version. Strangely the 7" is longer (almost 8 min). So enjoy this now complete EP. PS. An EP consisting on the 4 B-side songs and the 12" version of the title track had been released in 1992 by Overground and actually it was identical to my previous post version. But now you got a bonus here with the different versions of "How I Love...". Below what I wrote in the initial post.

Released during the 5 years gap between the great The Painted World (in 1985) and the very deceiving Privilege (in 1990) LPs, "How I Learned to Love the Bomb" is one of the best TVP songs. Maybe surprised that it was not a hit, it was released twice, 11 months apart. The first release (in January 1986) was a 12" EP with "Now Your Just Being Ridiculous" and "God Snaps His Fingers" on the B-side. The second was a 7" EP released in November, with "Grocer's Daughter" and "Girl Called Charity" on B-side. I think it's a good idea to gather these 5 songs on a single full EP with a (I) Did It Myself sleeve featuring a relevant and disturbing Gottfried Helnwein picture, one of my fave artist of the XXth century. The 4 songs used as B-sides are much more in the old Syd Barrettian TVP way than the A-side. I've a preference for "God Snaps His Fingers" with its Soft Boys riff. At the times, it was really a breath of fresh air to listen to such songs cos' 1986 was a hell of a time for me. Music was infested by awful sound options that would have led me to stop listening to it if things had stayed the same. Few bands could help to maintain some hopes. Television Personalities were, even if some useless ugly keyboards can be heard here and there on this collection. This is important for me to give an hommage here to the few ones who saved my passion for music and made my days better. Enjoy the bomb.

The 1/86 12" EP

The 11/86 7" EP version
How I Learned to Love the Bomb. Well there's no more sleepless nights for me Now it's easier from now on Cos I've realised exactly where I've been going wrong Well I've been lying awake at night Worrying about the Russians But the Russians are my friends Cos we've got a love that will never end Cos now I've learned to love the bomb Now I've learned to love the bomb Well once we had a plan to go to Greenham Common And steal a Polaris missile And we'd put it on the back of a lorry Now I keep it in my bedroom And it's yellow black and grey And I'll polish it every day And I don't care what the neighbours say Cos now I've learned to love the bomb Now I've learned to love the bomb Don't you be so stupid No no no You should like the bomb like you love your mum And if you want to live in a peaceful world There's only one thing to do You've gotta choose Cruise Cos now I've learned to love the bomb Now I've learned to love the bomb Don't you be so stupid No no no What the hell do you take me for? If you going to make bombs you're longing for war Don't you be so stupid Now I've learned to love the bomb The days I've spent on CND campaigns Just walking, just walking in the pouring rain Time and time again How I learned to love the bomb


Alternative TV - Peep Show (1987)

Another welcome re-up, some days before Mark Perry releases new material with his current ATV line-up. However, never forget how the band was great between 1985 and 1987 and how this album is an unknown treasure. Catch it here.

Don't know why it took me so long to post this LP I consider one of the best of the band. Reformed in 1985, this album was issued in 1987 following 2 EPs you can find here and there. It is really an album which stands proudly the test of time and as relevant today as it was 25 years ago. Mark Perry knows how to mix personal fixations and societal, even sociological, notations not forgetting a political one. He reminds me of JJ Rousseau and G Bataille actually. Not a small compliment I know but I sure love this guy. The version here is not the CD one with 6 bonus tracks (actually the 2 EPs) spread throughout the album, but the original vinyl one with 9 tracks. A much more coherent album this way since the band has quite evolved between the EPs and the LP. Don't know how the bosses of labels don't understand such simple things than keep the chronological order. Too complicated for their few neurons surely (although overground record is a damned good label). No matter, not a weak song on the setlist, classics follow classics (my fave is the fantastic "Boy Eats Girl" that I put in streaming after the more poppy "The River"), it was really a terribly disaster year 1987 not to have welcomed this true masterpiece the way it deserved. And buy it next, I suppose some money can still reach Mark Perry wherever he is. Love to him from an eternal fan.




Cockney Rebel - Singles As & Bs (1973-74)

A welcome request for what will remain one of my fave bands any style any period, the 1973-74 line-up of Cockney Rebel. No much to add except there's no way you can miss such a gem. And that my cover sleeve is a fail but I've not the patience to do another one. Catch it here

Psychomodo from Cockney Rebel is among my 5 fave albums of all the times, and this, since it was first released. I wrote it here, I wrote it in the Xroads music mag and after death, I will still write it in heaven or in hell, if there is a paper and a pen (I think it will be in Hell's Mag with my blood). Human Menagerie, their first album, was also a beloved one. With this formation (featuring the great Stuart Elliott on drums, who will stay with Steve Harley and then play with Kate Bush), the band only lived 2 years before Steve Harley, for a reason I ignore but regret, disbanded it. In parallel, they released 4 singles, two of them being hits: "Judy Teen" in March 74 (n°5 in the UK charts) and the legendary "Mr Soft" 4 months later (n° 8). Five songs from these singles were not included in the 2 LP's. It is true they are now bonus tracks on their CD remastered versions, but I think it is better to listen to them separately. A single song has some flavour that is sometimes quite different from an album song. And if "Sebastian" and "Bed In The Corner", released on singles, were album songs, the 6 other ones are for me, the perfect example of single songs. If you wonder why I have such a passion for Cockney Rebel, I can only recommend that you listen to this small compilation, or at least listen to "Mr Soft" here under. If after listening, you still wonder why such an enthousiasm, just imagine I have "mauvais goût" (bad taste) as we say in France. In a next future I will post the singles from Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, the second incarnation of this band, who played between 1975 and 1977. Some great things too but quite different from their glam period.



Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Singles As & Bs (1975-76)

I begin to re-up all Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel stuff. Here's the first. Tomorrow more. All about this splendid compilation below. I got no time to improve the sound and match the volume level. Sorry. Catch it here.

After disbanding the first version of Cockney Rebel (actually it is said that it is the rest of the band that decided to quit but I wonder why they would have fired their singer and main composer), Steve Harley kept the name of the band but added his name on the frontside, maybe in case he would have to pursue on his own (that will be the case). Looking back, it was not fair to keep the name since the new formation had not the glam charisma of the previous one to say the least, but were competent and sometimes brilliant players. The main change was in the Steve Harley's singwriting, much more Dylan-influenced and much less Bowie-influenced than before. The chance was that the first single the band released was an international hit, covered by many and many, from Suzi Quatro to the Wedding Present, of course you know I talk about "Make Me Smile". When it was issued, it was for me a severe deception, too mainstream, not decadent and precious enough for me. I thought it was an accident but it would be the new Harley's style for the next 2 years. However, the band released good albums and if none would reach the altitudes of Psychomodo, the Love's A Prima Donna one is a kind of masterpiece, an essential LP to get and listen to. Here, I gathered the 7 singles that this formation released during his lifetime, i.e., 14 songs and among them some never released on any CD support. Some of these rarities are excellent (such as "Throw Your Soul Down There" or "Lay me Down") and it is a shame EMI never felt the interest to release a complete Steve Harley single As & Bs compilation (from this and previous formation) that would be a hell of album. Instead, you got the eternal uneven compilations of songs that are supposed to give an insight of the band. I conceived the sleeve from the Love's A Prima Donna back sleeve, a very strange picture that represents quite well the lyrical world of Steve Harley in these years. He then will turn in a still much more mainstream musical field and this man is one of my great deception from the seventies (Alex Harvey is dead and Peter Hammill still going on). Sorry but the sound level is different between songs since some are ripped from my vinyls, other from my CDs, and other from various blog sources. I am not competent enough to match the sound level but one time I'll be, I'm sure.

Below I chose (with difficulty) 2 songs for streaming: "Black or White" a commercial miss that should have been a hit to my ears although the grandiloquence of the orchestration may not be everybody's taste, and the "Love's a Prima Donna" eponymous song that is as catchy than it was at the time.
Black or White. Behind the wall the ears of love are listening. Behind the door they kneel. Behind the boy from whom we steal. Behind the dark, deserted halls of memory. Inside the sound oy oy, we have just landed for employ. We need your hands to carry us to our joy. To black or white. And step on it. Black or white. Between the shadow and uncertain colour. Between the word and sign. Between the man and all his time. Between the sidewalk and the moving stairway. Between the yay and nay ! There falls the thruth we aim to slay. There falls the thruth we do so righteous flay. Come black or white. And step on it. Black or white. Until we gather life and all our dreams. Until we cool the heat. Until we share our cup of meat. Until the trail of waste is put to stud. Until we drift away. Towards the picture in the frame. Our celebratian comes a game to play. Just black or white. And step on it. Black or white

Love’s A Prima Donna. I should say by the way that you're acting today. i can tell by the sigh in your eye, i can sure understand by the palm of your hand, that you know i'm so hot i could fry, because i've chased you, embraced you 'n' turned round 'n' faced you, crowned you the truth of my youth, but you give me the line in the words of our time, it's like living a stew that's what most lovers do, it's like escaping the sun, there's nowwhere you can run. I believe, i believe love's a lover's honour. I believe, i believe love's a prima donna too. I shoulda guessed by the rest of the men that you've blessed, i was only an eye for an eye, but you wanted a part of my innocent heart, i was only your ship in the night, i shoulda knew, shoulda knew i was out just for you, i believe in the power of the night, but like a fool i was had, now it's driving me mad, i was only a prize in your libertine eyes, i had it coming to me i was too late to see. I believe, i believe love's a lover's honour. I believe, i believe love's a prima donna too. I could fight with the might of a thief in the night, i could kick, i could tear at your hair, i could break you in two like a man ought to do, but the woman i see has a right to be free, and the woman i need is a mischievous breed, don't wanna live in a stew that's what most lovers do, it's like escaping the sun, there's nowhere you can run



Alternative TV - My Life As A Child Star LP (1994)

A re-up by request. Happy to see that some ask for this band's stuff, one of my fave all style all times (you guessed so I suppose given the number of posts about Mark Perry). Don't forget he got new material release in some weeks, an album called Opposing Forces. First new release in more than 10 years I think. One of the best news of the year. Hope it will fullfil expectations but sure it will. Meanwhile catch this gem here.

During the decade separating Peep Show (in 1987) and Punk Life (in 1998), this is the only album that Alternative TV released. This is actually a Mark Perry solo album, helped by various musicians, mostly friends, some issued from the previous ATV era such as Alison Phillips on drums throughout the album. This is explained by the fact that the album was recorded over 4 years. This has long been my least fave ATV album, and I even considered it as a bad LP and rarely listened to it during the 15 following years. But last year, exploring again the ATV discography, I discovered that I like it now much more than at the time. I must have changed. All Alternative TV fans (but they're so few) will be disoriented since the music is much more lo-fi indie than the usual experimental post-punk that Mark Perry associated to the band name. There are reminiscences of Felt, Nikki Sudden, TV Personalities and all the Cherry Red Records family (not aged well the latter). Moreover, Mark Perry sings in a rather monotonous and stereotyped way, trying melodies as in the Ancient Rebels era but without the inspiration he had during this period. But however, all this dissipates when you're in the correct mood (that means rather melancholic) and when all this fits perfectly with it (as tonight for me). This is the power of our fave artists to have produced an "oeuvre" that can be relevant in the worst state of mind. And Mark Perry has always been one of the rares to do it for me. So, with all its weakness, this album (I should have asked to Mark Perry why the title and why these disturbing pictures on the sleeves) must not be forgotten and may help you if, like me, you need something like this tonight. The musicians playing on each song are written in the inside sleeve included in the rar. file.

No lyrics to provide. But they're not difficult to understand and not long. As a sample, I've chosen the acoustic version of "Magic" (the electric one closes the album under the title of "Magic In Full Flight" and is very good too)



Patto - Roll' Em Smoke' Em Put Another Line Out (1972)

The second Patto re-up of the day (actually night). A really under-rated album. Never too late to rediscover it. Don't trust the usual negative critics this album received by second-rate rock journalists over the last decades. They're wrong. Judge by yourself here.

I repost this album cos' today I found it (at last) in a CD version. It's true that it seems less difficult to find it than it used to when I posted it first. But the important is that you can have it in good quality enough, so now it's in 320 kb taken from the CD. Here what I wrote about in in December 2010 when I posted it the first time. And I think it's a much better album that I wrote, my fave from this incredibly orginal and innovative band actually.

"This is the 3rd album by Patto, a band that should have deserved much more recognition that he got, and, for a reason I ignore, this album is not available in CD format for decades. You can find it at quite high price on some e.record sellers but any official reissue seems to have been ignored. It's true that it was considered a deception after the first two LPs (the self-called Patto and Hold Your Fire) but it's only because it's a strangely heteroclite album with so much genres in it that most were lost in a time where all bands had to install a very narrow universe to be popular. Not Patto, sometimes sounding like Joe Cocker, sometimes like a pre-SAHB, sometimes like the Beatles going funky, sometimes like Third World War, sometimes like the Kinks (actually Ray Davies borrowed a lot of things from this album to create his Preservation suite eg. the vocals on "Cap'n 'P' And the Attos"). All in all, today, this album can be considered as a great lost gem. I remind that the band was also known for an incredible guitarist called Ollie Halsall, who collaborated with Kevin Ayers all his career (he died in 1992), will be briefly in the band Tempest, and will rejoin again Mike Patto for the deceiving Boxer experience. Since I got neither the vinyl, neither the CD, I took this rip from a blog sometimes ago (forgot which one) and I regret that the quality is quite low (128 kb) but I got no better. It's enough to appreciate this great piece of music I think". I add that "Mummy" is surely the most disturbing thing i ever heard on a rock LP (the description of an incestuous relation).

Patto - (The incomplete) BBC Sessions (1970-73)

Since it has been requested that I re-up the other Patto's stuff, I do it with pleasure. Here's the first.

Another Patto compilation of rarities (at least I think so): a sample of BBC sessions recorded by the band between 1970 and 1973. Unfortunately they're far from being exhaustive and moreover far from being prime sound quality but it's worth having it I think. And the last one (from 12/02/1973) is complete and good sound quality. Listening to this today shows how this band was fascinating, exciting but also boring in his way of complicating songs that would have needed more simplicity (the Ollie Halsall fault I suppose). No matter, the cocktail is sapid and interesting enough to make me get back again and again to them. Surely because with this band you never know where the song will go one second later and that you're still surprised each time. They couldn't have been massively successful but they could have a loyal following and go on some more years. The next attempt to break, with Boxer, was no more successful commercially, and much less satisfying musically. So enjoy this sonor testimony here. The cover sleeve is from a couple of contempory German artists called Abetz & Dresher. Their imagery is totally relevant with Patto's universe I think. More on them here.


Patto - Live In Concert (1971)

A welcome request. The first re-up of all the Patto stuff I posted previously. If you need more, let me know it in comment. Meanwhile catch here this great quality sounding BBC live set from the band (with the vocal presence of the missed John Peel between songs).

This recording could have been included in the BBC sessions but it's quality is incredibly superior and moreover I only found it recently on the Flawed Gems reissue of the great Roll'em Smoke 'em LP (there for the original LP setlist and album). "The Man" is missing but I prefer not to add the low quality I have (and included in BBC sessions). So here we have the band at their debuts (they had only their first self-titled LP out) and sounding as a raw-jazz version of Family. The complexity of their melody lines is still really fascinating today and leaves them unaltered by the decades (just listen to "Sittin' Back Easy" below, you'll hear Steely Dan and Prefab Sprout's foundations). Some may be a little bored by the jazz guitar solo parts from Ollie Halsall (and I am) but all in all, it's still a wonderful testimony of how great could be prog-jazz UK rock at this period. I promise the sound quality is stunning. And there are 2 songs never put on studio LPs. The cover sleeve was done (by me with drawings from Phyllis Bramson, a site here)


Fleetwood Mac - Sung by Danny Kirwan (1968-72)

After Alan Wilson and John Locke, here's the third composer for whom I extract and compile the songs he wrote while in a band to reveal more clearly the genius he was. The story of Danny Kirwan is maybe still more dramatic than the premature death fate of the Canned Head leader. He was recruited in Fleetwood Mac by Peter Green to be the 3rd guitarist (with Jeremy Spencer) of the band during their pure blues period, but soon he became the leading force after Spencer and Green left although he had to share the composing role with the new recruited Bob Welch and Christine McVie. There's something extremely fragile and delicate in Danny Kirwan's approach of music, a deep humanity that travels through times and styles, even a magical touch in his weakest or less personal songs. He quickly quitted the blues heritage to move toward more floating and atmospheric horizons, influenced mainly by Brian Wilson and Ray Davies. His lyrics became more and more intimate and interesting. Like Alan Wilson, sadness and depression are never far even from his apparently most serene songs. His problem was not the usual drugs that destroyed most of musicians of this era but a more conventional one: alcohol. According to those who knew him at the times, he was less and less predictive and easy to cope with. What I read made me think of another great loss guitarist of that same years: Paul Kossoff. Kirwan's guitar style was not flamboyant or spectacular, but was to the service of the song. Finally he was more modern than his contemporaries and more in the vein of what Johnny Marr would be for the Smiths. After he was sacked by the band, he changed physically, lost his blond angel physionomy and recorded 3 solo rather unsuccessful LPs between 1975 and 1979 (maybe I'll post them here I'm not sure) much more mainstream pop-song oriented (say Nilsson) that what he composed during his Fleetwood Mac period. What's next is obscure. It seems he became more or less homeless and is still alive somewhere. Strange nobody provides any information but everyone has the right to have his anonymity respected. Here's a compilation of all the officially released songs (hope I didn't miss one) during his presence in FM, singles included. I tried to respect the chronology of the songs, for example in placing some tracks from Then Play On that were recorded in more ancient sessions before the other songs from this album. Not perfect (nothing to do with Christine) but a tribute for this great composer and his sad destiny. Catch it here.