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I've had this wizard wheeze - every time I upload a zip from now on I'm going to include a 'bonus' track that's completely unrelated to the main album, but that appeared on my iPod recently (in shuffle mode) & I thought I'd like to share. These may be - probably are - available on CD so if you like the bonus track please but the album it came from. This idea only occurred to me yesterday so only one of these three albums has a bonus track - but they probably *all* will from now on. So here we go with today's threesome:
Doctor Calculus - Designer Beatnik (1986)
Doctor Calculus was Stephen 'Tintin' Duffy, although I didn't know it at the time. Should have, though - professor Calculus & Tintin...? Anyway, I just heard 'Programme 7' on the John Peel show and then went out and bought the album when I saw it cheap. Very good it is too - this was a time when there was a fair bit of semi-electro stuff with samples and wotever. I filed this (metaphorically) alongside Colourbox's 'Just Give 'Em Whiskey' (see a couple of posts ago). More info about it here.
01 - Blasted With Ecstasy
02 - Programme 7
03 - Moments Of Being (Interlude)
04 - Killed By Poetry
05 - Moments Of Being (Reprise)
06 - Man
07 - Dream Machine
08 - Candy Floss Pink
09 - Just Another Honey
10 - Designer Beatnik
11 - Perfume From Spain
12 - Perfume From Spain (inversion)
13 - Straight To Stereo (tokyo-london)
BONUS TRACK: Jake Thackray - The Brigadier
Peter Sarstedt – Every Word You Say (1971)
I guess most everybody knows "Where Do You Go To, My Lovely", and it's a fair representation of Peter Sarstedt's style of singing and songwriting, but how many people know much more about him?
OK, you may know the follow-up 'Frozen Orange Juice' (which I thought was great, and better than WDYGTML), and *maybe* the (once-) infamous 'Take Off Your Clothes' (ooh that was *soo* rude when I was a teenager!), but have you heard anything else?
I have two of his albums, 'As Though It Were A Movie', which is pretty good (but available from Amazon), and this one, which I love. Not sure why, connections with and memories of something at school, whatever.
BTW I upped this before the wizard wheeze of bonus tracks occurred to me - so there isn't one.
01 - Every Word You Say
02 - Down On The Flesh
03 - You're A Lady
04 - Lay Down My Alibi
05 - Let The Music Flow
06 - Taxi Driver
07 - Nexus
08 - Mind Of Man
09 - What Makes One Man Feel
10 - Slow
11 - Stand Outside Ourselves
12 - Politics Is Showbusiness
13 - Rain
Terry Reid – Rogue Waves (1979)
Terry Reid has one of *the* great rock voices - in fact, he was Jimmy Page's first choice for vocalist when forming Led Zeppelin.
His 'prime' period was late '60s, when he made 'Bang Bang You're Terry Reid' and 'Terry Reid' for Mickie Most, after which he made two glorious laid back albums for Warners - 'River' and 'Seed Of Memory'. This last was produced by Graham Nash and, in my opinion, is about the only decent thing Nash has ever done outside backing David Crosby. Buy that album and be stunned.
Then Terry Reid went rocky again and made this album. It's not his best - the voice is great, though the arrangements can be a bit OTT - but it still beats most of the other dross that was around at that time (post-punk, pre-anything much else).
BTW I also upped this before the wizard wheeze of bonus tracks occurred to me - so there isn't one here either.
01 - Ain't No Shadow
02 - Baby I Love You
03 - Stop And Think It Over
04 - Rogue Wave
05 - Walk Away Rene
06 - Believe In The Magic
07 - Then I Kissed Her
08 - Bowangi
09 - All I Have To Do Is Dream