10/25/15

Man - Back Into The Future - The Complete Roundhouse Concert (1973)



A re-up from this band which is a weird pleasure for me since it doesn't really match my usual musical tastes but after all I love versatility. It's a line-up without Deke Leonard and maybe my fave Man line-up (sorry Deke). More details below. Catch this re-up here.

In 1973, Man is on an ascending curve. The Be Good To Yourself album has been a minor but real success, they are considered a great stage band and they are recording a new album with the future producer of the punk movement Vic Maile. They decide the album will be double, featuring a concert given at the Roundhouse in London on 24th June. They will drop the new songs from the album and will only leave 3 of them, not the best actually. Two years ago, a revised version of the album was released in a box set with the complete set and this is the one I post here. The band is in the same formation than for the concert recorded one year before and posted here. The last time since Mick Jones will disband a band that he felt was more and more the Phil Ryan one. So he will reunit with Deke Leonard the next year (always with the fantastic Terry Williams on drums, that you can appreciate the drumming genius all along the concert). But this is another story. Here we are 37 years ago (and some months), listening to Man, who invited a Welsh male choir to back them on "C'Mon" for a really good version. But "Bananas" (in streaming, with its famous lyrics "I like to eat bananas cos' they got no bones / I like to take marijuana cos' it gets me stoned") was also a great one. So let's go back into the past and enjoy the whole set.



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10/21/15

Melanie - The Creative Workshop Sessions (1975)





















My M link was not available anymore. Worrying. I hope it's not the first signs of a change in their politics of sharing control. Here's the new one.

This is one of the most stunning post since the beginning of this blog. Of course, I posted some very rare and precious stuff beforehand, from Alain Kan, Alternative TV, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Steve Harley, Nikki Sudden, Peter Perrett, Television Personalities and some more, even from Melanie, but it was often some songs when here we got 31 ones. Yes, 31 demos actually, from the sessions she recorded at the famous Creative Workshop studio in Nashville for what would become Sunset and Other Beginnings. A little bit the Melanie's Basement Tapes. The main comment I can do is that it's a shame the selection of songs and the arrangements that were done for the official album were so poor compared to these sessions. I don't know if Peter Schekeryk can be considered the guilty one and it's too late and useless to establish his responsability, but it's a fact that there was in these sessions, enough diamonds to provide the material for a fantastic album when it was (at least for me, I know some Melanie fans don't share my views) uneven and one of her weakest in the seventies. Why such a wonderful song as "White Man Sings The Blues" (sometimes called "White Man's Blues" on various Melanie fans' blogs), although being tried twice on these sessions (both versions being stunning) was not included on the final album? Why the version of "Perceive It" is so moving here and so middle of the road on the album (listen to the different tone Melanie sings it, and the arrangements too)? Even "Nobody's Business" would have been a better choice that several of the songs that made the cut. Another strange discovery is that Melanie and the band rehearsed "Deep Down Low" 3 times on these sessions, an old song featuring on Affectionately, but didn't use it finally. Maybe she did not want to put old material on her new releases, feared to give opportunities to the press to put her in the case of "past celebrities". But it's sad co's the song was wonderfully reworked and would have deserved to be offered this way, much better than its original version. It's on such reworked songs that it was clear that she acquired maturity and a grown up way to share her emotions. It would have been a good idea too to put her nice version of the Seekers song "I'll Never Find Another You" that she makes her so perfectly. We had to wait until 2002 to have a revised version of this song, but it is here still better. Actually, these sessions were so creative that they could have offered a double LP allowing to include everything on it. But limited to one LP only, the choice of songs could have really been more judicious. But what is clear is that Melanie is never better than when she is captured in the most nature way, and this is the case here, some of the songs that were finally heavily (I may have written "evil-y") orchestrated, being at least heard in their stripped version. I can't say who sent me these legendary recordings but she must know I deeply thank her. The cover sleeve I created for this fake double LP may seem a little deceiving compared to some I did in the past for Melanie stuff I posted here, but I wanted to use a picture of her shot during this period of her life (and I hope in 1975) and there was not much that could be the source of a front cover sleeve after being digitally manipulated. And I must confess that I like the result quite well. Strange but I feel it gives the impression it's really a double LP. Enough words, now let the music talks. Hope you'll savour this wonderful collection with the same delight and excitation I have when listening for the first time these sessions.




10/20/15

Steel Pole Bath Tub - Lurch EP (1989)



On request, a re-up of this major noise band of the 90's and maybe their masterpiece. Not a thing I'm listening to these days but good stuff for sure (writing that in listening to it, that's quite a joke). Always was among my faves (with Unsane, Bastards, Jesus Lizard, Melvins, Buzzov'en and Drive Like Jehu). But after all you reasonably don't give a shit about what I liked best in that times. So catch this one here. Sad there's neither "Lime - Away" or "Hey You" on Youtube or any other video provider. I should open someday a Youtube page but too much time consuming. PS. Gosh, it's been 6 years since the original post. Help me I'm getting old too fast.

When I think of Christmas, the picture on Lurch of Steel Pole Bath Tub is what comes to my mind. Ugly face of fake smile with hypocrisy and familial nonsense dressed in oecumenical love. Gives me nausea and wanting to throw up. Alone with my beer, I can post this fantastic (but really fantastic) EP from this band, their best for me (but I need to hear again all of them to be sure). Their second one, very near the Drive By Jehu style (but I think the first DLJ album was released later). We'll have many more SPBT on this blog, even if visitors don't come here for this kind of music. I think it's not logical to love some 70's acts and not find that bands such as SPBT are the proud bastards of the best music of the seventies, and not these awful retro bands trying to mimic the past and produce a stupid nostalgic bullshit. This is in this EP that you can find a cover of Black Sabbath's Paranoid (not a bad one I can say), but more than that, there's 2 masterpieces, "Lime- Away" and "Hey You", that anyone who say knowing rock music should know before dying (and for some of us, it will be in the next few days, don't forget it). Last, in this EP, there was a comics I included in the rar file. And more SPBT to come.


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10/19/15

Melanie - Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Here I Am 7" (1973)

Third re-up of Melanie singles from the 1972-75 era, limiting the series to the ones with non-album tracks on them, or at least, tracks that were not on the US or the UK version of the album. Here it's this Goffin-King cover (bad idea as would be all the early sixties pop covers she'll do), issued in November 1973, that would be on the UK version of the album but not on the US one (at least most of them, my 2 US samples have "I Am Being Guided" on it (a much better song) and not "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"). Strangely, on the single sleeve, there's a text announcing a soon to be released album called Autumn Lady, but the next album would only be released in May 1974 and called Madrugada. "Autumn Lady" would be a song on the further one (on As I See It Now, released in February 1975). But this single was the opportunity to discover what a great cabaret jazz singer was Melanie, "Here I Am" (from Stoneground Words) being on the B-side. Of course, I took the high-quality sounding versions of the new CD reedition to pack the file so that you should dl this version if you had dl the previous one. Catch it here. PS. The streaming version below is not the high-quality one you have in the file but the previous vinyl-ripped one.

This strange idea of covering this rather bubblegum song written by the Goffin-King (yes Carole) duet and a hit by the Chiffons in 1962 (but sung beforehand in 1960 by the Shirelles) was finally a good one, at least commercially speaking cos' it put Melanie back in the UK and US charts in November 1973. Not at a high level (37th and 82th, respectively) but at least in public view again. After "Bitter Bad"'s moderate success and "Seeds"'s failure, it was a way not to leave 1973 on a too bad feeling. Musically speaking, it's another story, Melanie being not (for me, but others may not share my views) the good person to sing such a repertoire. And she doesn't succeed to bring this song in her universe and to make it hers. Since I never found on compilation another version than the later re-recorded one, I ripped it from my single so the sound is not perfect but not so bad. On the B-side, there's one of the finest songs of Stoneground Words, the cabaret-stylished "Here I Am", a splendor that would deserve this single on its own merit.





10/18/15

Melanie - Seeds / Some Say (I Got Devil) 7" (1973)


















Second re-up following the CD edition of the 1972-75 era albums released by Melanie. Here's a version of "Seeds" with a high quality sounding. So, even if you had dl the previous one, it's useful to catch this new one here (or to buy the album of course).

Strange single this one. Let's hear the story (as I know it). In June 1973, 4 months after the half-successful "Bitter Bad" single, Melanie releases "Seeds", a new song, wrongly announced on the label part as a song from a forthcoming album (the next one will be Madrugada in 1974 and the song won't be on it). The single is released in 2 versions, one with a shortened (they said "edited") version of "Seeds" on side 1 and a long (they said "complete") version on side 2, and one with the short version on side 1 and with the fantastic "Some Say (I Got Devil)", from the album Gather Me (thus, strangely not from the previous album). This apparition of a Gather Me song on side 2 was maybe linked to the presence of a poem called "Gather Me" in the long version of "Seeds" (I'm not sure I didn't lose some of you by now). The result of all this is that the single won't do anything in the charts anywhere. It's actually not one of Melanie's best, and is rather discrepant with what she was trying to build with Stoneground Words. Not a bad one either. Rather gospel-inclined in the line of some of her previous hits, with a text that, as "Brand New Key", is full of sexual tongue-in-cheek insinuations "You can plant your seeds in my garden / Any ol' time you want / You can bake your bread in my oven" (!!!). Don't forget that she'll spend the current years becoming a mother 3 times, surely what these lyrics are about. I must say that I was desperately searching for this song (not on any compilation to my knowledge) and I thank a lot "Any middle-aged German Witch in Amerika" for this MP3 gift. I found a good definition Portuguese cover sleeve on a ebay sell page so I used it.











10/17/15

Melanie - Bitter Bad / Do You Believe? 7" (1973)



The recent release of 4 her albums issued between 1972 and 1975 (on Morello, a side-label of Cherry Red) with bonus tracks allows to re-up her singles with better quality versions. This is the first of several. More details below. "Do You Believe" is much better than the A-side but is on the Stoneground Words album in the same version. Catch it here.

One month after the Stoneground Words album and the relative failure of the 2 singles released from it, Melanie tried to issue a more pop-oriented song. It was called "Bitter Bad" and strangely, the rather happy musical background is denied by a totally depressive text. The bet seemed to pay since the single reached n°36 in the US, the best range since "Ring the Living Bell" one year before but far from her highest expectations. The song is not one of her best, only decent, but is an interesting addition to any Melanie discography. It is not so often included in compilations (it was on the Rhino's Best of Melanie) so it's good to have it.



























It's bitter bad, heartsick sad When the one that you love has lost the feel for you If you do me wrong I'll put your first and last name in my rock ‘n’ roll song It's bitter bad, he's got the nerve to get mad When it's he who lost the feel for you Oh what a life, what a mean low down world You've been doing my stuff with another girl You've been doing my stuff with another girl It's bitter bad, he's got the nerve to get mad When it's he who lost the feel for you Oh what a life, what a mean low down world You've been doing my stuff with another girl You've been doing my stuff with another girl If you do me wrong I'll put your first and last name in my rock ‘n’ roll song It's bitter bad, heartsick sad When the one that you love has lost the feel for you When the one that you love has lost the feel for you When the one that you love don't love you anymore When the one that you love has lost the feel for you



10/15/15

Kim Fowley - Back on the road to nowhere / Share the night fake 7"



A Kim Fowley re-up, because we must never forget those that helped us to live through their music, word or any way, and who died. As we would like not to be forgotten by those whom we helped with our more modest means. A gret sad song by this falsely superficial artist. Here.

Sad day. Kim Fowley has posted on facebook he was going back to hospital for a bladder cancer recall surgery!. He added "Please pray for me. I need all the help I can get. To my enemies: Be careful, because only the good die young & Kim Fowley is hard to kill, & slow to die". So, here is a prayer in the form of a fake single containing 2 songs probably recorded during the same session (but when? I would say in the end of the seventies) and that were included on the Hotel Insomnia compilation released in 1992 and on which songs and demos from various sessions captured between 1968 and 1985 were aggregated. I will try to post the songs from this compilation on different fake 7", EPs or LPs since compiled in chronological disorder, they lost a bit of their charm. So here are these 2 gems, with a divine violin, a moody atmosphere, and sad lyrics rather relevant to the today's situation of Kim. I never ever thought that a world without Kim Fowley might exist since I follow him since 1972 (I was 14). But time kills us all. However, I can assure you, if you didn't know these songs, that you'll be sure after them that he was not only the freaky character everyone describes, but also a sensitive songwriter and singer. Enjoy it and pray for him when listening to them. For the cover sleeve, I used a picture taken by Susan Burnstine (site here). If you look on the left of the image, you can see a ghostly face that seems to be Kim's one. Very haunting.



10/9/15

Animals & Men - Don't Misbehave In The New Age / Machines (1979)



















Don't know much about this band except I saw them 2 years ago opening for Monochrome Set and I really loved their set (not monochrome at all). So I had a look to this band I had obviously missed in 1979 and found that they issued only a fist of singles. This is the first one and honestly it has aged quite well and could be released now without too much incongruity. So here it is. A mention to the way Susan Wells sings (or talks). They had reformed some years ago (the reason I saw them). I don't know if they'll release more new stuff but their 2013 To Live And Die In The West Country EP is a real gem everyone should have a listen to, specially their cover of the Charley Patton classic "Oh Death".


10/6/15

Georges Brassens - Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète / La non-demande en mariage (1966)



Most of you dear visitors, are non French (I am, at least my parents gave me life in France, French and so they were too). You may wonder which singers or musicians or bands from this country I consider equal to all the ones I post on this blog and who are, for the most of them, from US, UK, Canada or NL. There's Alain Kan, Jean-Claude Vannier, Christophe (all previously posted on this blog), and, earlier in the last century there was the famous 3B trio (Barbara, Brel and Brassens). This is the latter I post here, with 2 of my fave songs, from him and among the 100 songs every style, every period. A recent TV program on Brassens (it was actually yesterday) made me realize how much this man, apparently so old-fashioned and out of my focus when I was a teenager, only vibing for rock, has left a big print in me. So I re-up this fake single that could have been one of the most moving ever issued. More below. Catch it here.

If some may ask me who are the greatest French composers/singers of the XXth century, I would not be very original and cite what we call the 3B (Barbara, Brel and Brassens). Some may think I could add Ferré (Léo) but honestly I've never really shared the enthusiasm of many (except for some masterpieces) for him. Of course my affection and admiration also go to Christophe, Alain Z Kan, Jean-Claude Vannier or Alain Bashung, but there's something in the 3B that make them reach some universal and trans-temporal status. Here a post around Georges Brassens, a sort of national cross between Woody Guthrie and Bod Dylan but this comparison is more theorical than real cos' Brassens is a mix between a libertarian-anarchist French tradition and a more reactionary right-wing vision of society, primary concerned by individual freedom and less by societal progress. In 1966, he's 45 and maybe a sort of paternal and populist figure of anti-authority, more appreciated by middle-aged French people than by youngsters who are more in Léo Ferré and other real anarcho-revolutionarist singers. But on the song quality side, he's on the top of his art, and more specifically with these 2 songs, in no way linked to any political preoccupation but only to death ("Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète") and love ("La non-demande en mariage"), subjects finally more relevant to everyone now than the anti-bourgeoisie incantations which often were expressed with formulations rapidly out-of "fashion". Yes, these 2 songs are among my favorites any style, any period. Of course, understanding the lyrics would help to see why since Brassens was maybe the best song lyricist of the history, not far to be the equal of our greatest French poets (although they are songs lyrics and can't be appreciated as poems). Someone (thanx to him) did the job here and I encourage every non-French speaking visitor interested by this post to read the text whilst listening to the song. On the B-side, the song is again a masterpiece needing to have the lyrics under the eyes, and on the same site, the translation has been made there. Both songs were on the 11th Brassens' LP, called IX because the LP format was changed from 25 cm to 30 cm in the beginning of the sixties and previous LPs were re-released with more songs on them. For the cover sleeve (this is a fake single although "La non-demande en mariage" was released as the A-side of 3 track-single in 1966, but without "Supplique" on it), I chose a painting called "La plage de Sète", from a painter called François Knopf (site here), not really my painting style but I really dig this one (complete format here) and found it relevant. So now, it's up to you (only 10% of this blog's visitors are French, so I don't know if the 90 other % may be interested by such a national singer). PS. The version of "La non-demande en mariage" below is live whereas in the rar file (and therefore this fake single) it's the studio one.




10/3/15

Alex Harvey - The Soldier On The Wall LP (1983)


Feel guilty not to have re-up this one before but there is still some important missing stuff so it won't be the last time I'll feel guilty. All about this posthumous Alex Harvey LP below. Catch it here.

OK, it's hard to deny that this posthumous LP from the great Alex Harvey is a disappointing affair and I even hesitated to post it, but felt it was relevant to the "forgotten songs" option of this blog since some of the songs in it are worth to be saved and not punished to belong to a weak album. Difficult to say who is responsible for the weakness of the project. The production is rather bad, the band's not the best Alex was backed by (don't know if they are the Electric Cowboys Alex was touring with in 1982) and the songs sometimes not reaching the level of quality according to the Alex standards. One indication of the problem of inspiration facing Alex is that the best song of the whole is the one that is driven from the Roman Wall Blues album, released 15 years before, the eponym "Roman Wall Blues" song. But I wonder if the main responsability of the deception are not the keyboards, mainly the moog and other awful synth sounds that destroy some of the best ideas. Terrible years where this kind of sound could be considered as a credible enbellishment of the sound. Makes me throw up listening to that now (and made me at the times). It's difficult to know how much Alex was involved in this LP, death taking him by surprise whilst waiting for the ferry in Zeebrugge, in Belgium. He was 47. Since my 47s, I always feel a candidate for sudden death and it modified my way of seeing life. So, it's a little hommage to this great man I do here in proposing this last LP under a nicer sleeve cover than the ones used for the vinyl and the CD versions, both mediocre. I did my best to imagine something he would have liked but I know it's a subjective ambition.

















Roman Wall Blues. Over the heather the wet wind blows Lice in my tunic, a cold in my nose The rain comes falling out of the sky I'm a soldier on the wall and I don't know why The mist is lying on a hard grey stone My woman is gone, and I'm sleepin' all alone There's somebody else hangin' 'round her place I don't like him, I don't like his face! I saw a Christian worshipping a fish There would be no kissin' If he had his wish She gave me a ring, I gambled it away And I want my woman, and I want my pay When I'm old, and I only got one eye There'll be no more soldiering, just lookin' at the sky I'm a soldier on the wall, I'm a soldier on the wall, A soldier on the wall, and I don't know why! Over the heather the wet wind blows Lice in my tunic, and a cold in my nose The rain comes falling out of the sky I'm a soldier on the wall and I don't know why The mist keeps lying on a hard grey stone My woman is gone, and I'm sleepin' all alone There's somebody else hangin' 'round her place I don't like him, I don't like his face!


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