John Cale - The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy / Sylvia Said 7" (1974)

The first single driven from the first LP that John Cale did for Island was not a good A-side choice since "The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy" was among the weakest song in Fear. But the good point was that the B-side ("Sylvia Said") was a non-album track and a wonderful love song. Again not really illustrating what was the bleak atmosphere of the album but a very touching song. He still sings it live. Strange that it was never released (at least to my knowledge) as a bonus track to official reissues of the album (but there were not so much after all) and neither on various compilations except on the Island Years in (unfortunately) a remix version. This is the one I put on this file since I was unable to locate the original single version. Except on the bootleg compilation Doctor Dark, but there's these stupid applauses at the onset and the end of each song to suggest a live recording. Dumbest as possible. Anyway, catch it here. I created a fake cover sleeve since there was none initially. Not fantastic but at least there's an image.


Family - Complete BBC Sessions (1968-73)

Good idea to have requested this compilation of all the BBC sessions recorded by this weird and singular band during it's existence. The format is MP3 for all the songs now (no more ogg). The compilation is uploaded in the same rar file. Rather heavy file but better to dl. Catch it here.

Some years ago, sessions (live or in studio) recorded by Family during their "career" were at last issued in 3 volumes (1968-69, 1970 and 1971-73). Quite expensive and a little arbitrarily released in 3 different CDs, it was a fine way to listen to the entirety of what the band has done for this radio. Rather uneven, there are some gems that deserved to be available. Another strange point one of this CD (the 1971-73) has been rather hard to find lately. Of course the band changed so much during these 5 years that it's a travel across styles. Here all these recordings are gathered in 3 volumes too (mf doesn't allow me to dl them in one file only). The last one must be read by VLC (ogg format).


Van der Graaf Generator - The BBC Sessions (vol 1) (1968-71)

After I published the first compilation of the VDGG BBC sessions, a certain Vlad Tepes, whose blog is called isles of noises published a post with a much more complete session content than mine (unfortunately most links are dead), citing Forgotten Songs but being not Italian speaking I didn' understand what it was said. Surely that my compilation omitted several sessions which I admit. But no use to make a silly comparison between blogs. We're not "concorrente"? Are we? Anyway, here's a much more complete compilation of the BBC sessions that VDGG recorded between 1968 and 1971. Of course there are some tracks missing (even our dear Vlad Tepes had to admit that some songs were lost without a trace), and some others are from poor quality sources. I did my best to improve the sound but honestly sometimes it was "mission impossible". Moreover, sometimes, the band played more than indulgent and forgettable material and the loss was not so dramatical (eg. "Squid", "Dambusters March" or the dumb "An Epidemic Of Father Christmases"). So here are 23 songs among the 27 listed in most archives. Catch it here.

I'm sure many among you will appreciate this post cos' it gathers on the same fake LP (a double one if it really existed, and a double CD it would be) all the sessions Van der Graaf Generator (and without the Generator) have recorded for the BBC. Until now, there was only the Maida Vale album, now very expensive to buy and not easy to find on blogs, and the VDGG box, but never had they been pooled in chronological order on any CD. Here is the way to listen to them in their continuity. Listening to these 17 performances is simply stunning. This band, and particularly Peter Hammill, has brought to music something unique that no-one else would have done but him. If the classic line-up has recorded most of the sessions, the first and last line-ups have recorded the 1st and last ones and they are also great. Contrary to most progressive bands (but VDGG has never been really a progressive band), the live versions had something different, an increased intensity compared to the studio ones, and that's what we feel here. Moreover, the 2 versions of "Darkness" show how the band was not unidimensional in their playing. But enough said, this is simply extraordinary. Years pass but I don't change on this point. This band is great, and is still great today, in its trio personification. Just one last thing: the sound is quite uneven. The oldest sessions seem to come from rather rudimentary recording but most of them have a perfect production.


Leon Russell - Leon Live (1973)

Sad Leon Russell died yesterday. He was part of my teenage dream. He was the charismatic guy with hat and so long hair behind his piano, captain of the Mad Dog & Englishman ship. His solo career was not always my taste but between 1970 and 1973 he was a scenic phenomenon, all in revival gospel excess. Here the ultimate testimony of this era with this 3 LP live set entitled Leon live recorded at the Long Beach Arena ion the 28 August 1972. More details below. Catch it here.

Some days ago, Leon Russell was inducted to the Hall of Fame by Elton John (whatever this sentence may mean since I'm not sure I know exactly what the hell it's about to induct someone to the Hall of Fame). A good opportunity to say here how, with Dr John and Al Kooper, this charismatic man was underrated over his career. Of course, it's his role next to Joe Cocker that gave him this special aura he's associated to, this so special look that I found so "rock 'n' roll" when I was 12 when actually it was not rock 'n' roll but gospel rock. In studio, Leon Russell never reached the intensity of his live sets (and actually was surely the less talented of the 3 for studio work). But on stage, he was able to put the room on fire only with his strange donald duck voice and his piano-à-là Jerry Lee Lewis. In this live 3 LP album, he closed his fame period, since then he'll try to touch to a wider variety of genres without the success he met with gospel rock. If the band is not as shaky as was the one playing on Mad Dogs and Englishmen, there is enough groove and excitation to make it a classic that I surprise myself to listen to very often, particularily when I don't know what to listen to and I'm not in a doom mood. Sometimes, Leon's band sounds as Mott the Hoople (pre-Bowie era). If there are many self-indulgent passages, there's enough here to make you dance all around the place in screaming the choruses with the choir. So c'mon for celebrating the old Leon, when he (and we) was young and crazy.


JFG & The Irregulars -Old Ghost / Gimcraks fake 7 (2012)

Fifth and last of the (fake) singles from JFG (with various backing bands) that I'll post. One of my fave song ever from him, unfortunately the last he officially released (he did some demos afterwards but not issued). Listen to the maestria of the composition, to this flying violins and this haunting melody and tell me if this not a masterpiece. The atmosphere of the song reminds me of the Ghost and Mrs Muir, the Joseph L. Mankiewicz movie with Gene Tierney. The B-side is rockier but another winner that will provide thrills in everyone who like its garage psyche with a touch of class and a great voice. Don't forget to go to is bandcamp page (here) to get (for a ridiculous low amount of money) songs I didn't post. Note that these 2 songs belong to the EP called 2012 where you'll find two bonus tracks. Catch this great single here. Below the clip I did to insert in this post with the cover sleeve I created.


JFG & Winter Of Love - Like A Dog / Brutus fake 7" (2012)

Fourth re-up of JFG, here with a line-up called Winter Of Love, actually they were two, Olivier Bernet (responsible for the gorgeous orchestration) and JFG (responsible for the gorgeous everything else). They recorded in 2012 a full album that is, according to my standards, wonderful, but unfortunately it was never issued. A complete shame. Not impossible I publish it here if JFG gives me the authorization one day. Meanwhile, here a (fake) single, that could have been such a great one. Catch it here. The A-side ("Like A Dog") was used as the soundtrack of the end credits of a Marjane Satrapi film called "The Voices" (see the clip below) in a very different (and less my taste) version. I also discovered tonight that Sophie Theaux, a young multidisciplinary artist that I knew and who was a friend of JFG, had made a clip with her art with the same song as the backing track (see below too). It's a great emotion for me since she died 2 years ago, I think it was in November, my memory is failing. My tears are not. The B-side "Brutus" is also stunningly haunting and moving. This man is a completely underrated genius and I'm sick that he didn't find the way to large public acclaim when there is such a load of bullshit meeting success. Fed up with shitty tastes of my contemporary humanity. As usual with re-ups, the text from the previous post below.

I know you are 300 to visit this blog each day. Several among you are kind enough to write to me that they share my tastes, even if these are sometimes quite different from the mainstream one. So please, do me a favor. Listen and support JFG, a great singer, composer, performer, in the tradition of Robyn Hitchcock, Wreckless Eric, Peter Perrett, Dan Treacy with a early Fall touch, and some more that you sure, like me, consider as great ones. He's the one for our times. I posted a compilation (here) and 2 singles (here and there) previously. Here is a 3rd one from a soon to release album recorded with some musicians under the name of Winter of Love. The album is great, in the vein of Dukes of Stratosphear or even Polyphonic Spree. Here, I selected a song that should make it in single, its tune being one of these standards you hum under the rain on shitty days everyone seems a moron but you don't care. Although you feel like a dog, and need a hug never any woman will give you, too much occupied to have a career to do, a rubbish to buy, hair to cut or another man to fuck with. The B-side (named "Brutus", a dog name for sure) is one of the most delicate and moving melody you'll hear this year probably. So, now, while you wait for this new album to be issued, go here and there to buy his previous stuff. It's prime choice, you won't regret it. 


JFG & the Irregulars - Passing Through / Casablanca Moon fake 7" (2012)

Third single from JFG re-uped. Driven from the Bordeaux/Berlin album (here). Again a fake single but should habe a real one. Catch it (here). Note that the songs included in previous posted one (here)  feature in the album but in different version. Those in the single were actually from the Home Recordings and not from Bordeaux/Berlin.

One of the most hidden musical secret of our times is the genius of JFG. Not a surprise for those who visit this blog regularly since I posted previously several LPs or fake singles from this extraordinary composer. After the great Winter of Love LP some months ago, here a fresh new CD, recorded with his (Ir)Regulars, somewhere between France and Germany during their German tour last spring. Not a live LP anyhow but 12 songs perfectly well produced in studio. Some featured on previous releases but all in new versions, other songs are new. As usual, it's totally stunning and deserves to be in your playlist of this year. If you dig Jonathan Richman, Robyn Hitchcock, Peter Perrett, Wreckless Eric, Vic Godard, the Jazz Butcher, Perfect Disaster and even the Fall or the Strokes, you shouldn't miss such an artist. And of course if you dig Slapp Happy since the B-side of this fake single is a cover of their "Casablanca Moon" (sung by Julie Mercadié, the backing vocal girl of the band, here in front voice, JFG backing her). The A-side is a personal choice, a song about feeling unwell with others in some mundane context, a feeling I had so many times in my life it explains I'm rather an ermit today. And more than the lyrics, the song is a winner, the kind you listen to on mornings to give you some motivation to confront all the day's shit that is waiting for you outside. And buy it then anywhere you can find it (e.g. here), you won't be deceived. And you, numerous US visitors, try to convince some label to distribute it in your land.


JFG - The Iceman Is Coming / (I'll Never) Apologize To You fake 7" (2011)

Second single (another fake) from JFG (never know if we must write in capitals or not). Believe me, have a try and you'll love it. Catch it here. Below a video I made with the cover sleeve above (mine) and one of the band playing the song live.

Taken from his superb compilation of his home recordings LP (you can dl for cheap here), here a 2-song fake 7" with "The ice man is coming" on A-side, a should-be-a-hit song for sure. If you're into Robyn Hitchcock, Jonathan Richman, Monochrome Set or Vic Godard, they'll be in your faves quite quick I promise. I had quite a hard time chosing a self-made cover sleeve but I preferred not to use a flat illustration of ice and drinks for a rather more complex and unsane one from a girl called Vashtia (deviantArt gallery here). Below a picture of JFG with Julie on backing vocals and his Regulars during a recent show. More to come soon. 


JFG & The Regulars - Where's The Regular Man? / Phone In Sick fake 7" (2010)

After the Soft Boys, the Monochrome Set and Television Personalities, it's rather logical to re-up jfg and his various bands since I doubt that if you love these above bands you wouldn't fall in love with him. Here's the first of 5 singles (real or fake, this one is a fake) that were (or should have been) released between 2010 and 2012. Some details about the songs of this first one in the original post below. If you want to get more, go to his Bandcamp page here. I won't post complete LPs or EPs that are to sell on Bandcamp of course. Meanwhile catch this first one here. PS. Note that the "Phone In Sick" version in the Youtube video is a little bit different than the one on this single (driven from the album).

I posted previously a compilation of my fave tracks from JFG (here, you should have it, you bad visitors), my opposite since he's an Englishman in a French talking real world (he's living in Bordeaux, the south west of France) whilst I'm a Frenchman in an English writing networld. I was impatiently waiting the day he'd released an LP. It's done with his current band, the Regulars. Imagine Robyn Hitchcock fronting the Fall of the first decade mixed with some Jazz Butcher pieces in it ("but there's more "would say Todd Rundgren) and you have a taste of the music proposed here. This post is a fake single I selected to make you know the man. Since he really needs you to buy the LP, I don't post the whole LP. If you love what you hear, don't hesitate to buy the album in going on their myspace here. But first, take this "should exist" single. The picture I chose for the A-side is from a certain Mislav Mihalj (deviantArt page here) and for the B-side from Anouk . J (deviantArt page there). Quite fitting the content I feel (I hope I should say).


Television Personalities - Wonder What It Was / Radiohead Song 7" (2011)

As I wrote in the original post, this is the last TVP single till today and surely forever but who knows. This one closes the series of the singles issued during the 2006-11 era. Catch this one here. As you know, you can find them all gathered on a compilation I made there.

This is THE last Television Personalities single. A visitor was true when he corrected me after I wrote it was  "You're My Yoko". Actually, it's not clear whether it's an official one (only released in Formosa, with 2 songs recorded during the Memory sessions) but after all in the 90's there were also semi-official singles considered now as historically equivalent to the official ones. On side-A, it's a demo version of  "Walk Towards The Light" (the 4th song on Memory LP). Dan Treacy is alone on guitar. Moving, intimate, everything we love in this artist. On side-B it's a very good instrumental that deserved to be released. I bought the single very recently. It's not the one above, mine in number 554. I tried to capture the A-side with the best possible quality. The B-side was found on the net.


Television Personalities - You're My Yoko / The Girl From Nowhere 7" (2009)

Fifth single of the 2006-11 era, the A-side is a wonderful song, showing how much Dan Treacy had still to offer. The B-side is not on the LP. Catch it here.

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.


Television Personalities - My New Tattoo / Funny He Never Married 7" (2009)

I go on with the re-ups of the TVP singles released between 2006 and 2011. You can find some details about this one below. Catch 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.

Television Personalities - People Think That We're Strange / A Glimpse Of My Genius 7" (2009)

Re-up of this 3rd TVP singles of the 2006-11 era. Not calibrated to be a hit for sure but none of TVP singles really were. Not found any good version on Youtube so I leave you discovering the music in dl it here. More to come.

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.


Television Personalities - The Good Anarchist / She's Always Been There For Me 7" (2008)

Second re-up and single of the Television Personalities from the 2006-2011 era. More details below. Catch it here.

First from the 4 songs that will be driven from A memory is better than nothing LP, released in January 2008, it's a strange choice since Dan Treacy doesn't sing it and moreover the song could certainly not have any impact anyway. But the B-side, "She's Always Been There For Me" is a non-album track and a famous one, the TVP-go-lo-fi-Motown as we adore them. Sad that the song was not a little bit longer. More to come. We miss Dan. Never forget him. PS. The guy/doll who post the B-side on Youtube (below) put the cover sleeve of the "People Think We Are Strange" single back cover sleeve. Yes I think he/she is strange.