Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Easter Treats

First, some news.

I've been contacted by a guy at Hux records, who says that they are releasing Robin Dransfield's excellent 'Tidewave' album on CD shortly, along with a live performance from (he said) 1972. He may be right, but as far as I was aware Robin was mainly working as a duo with Barry in '72 - and this would predate 'Tidewave' by some seven years. Either way, I'm looking forward to this and I'll certainly buy it. So should you.

Hux are also planning to release the two Longdancer albums as well, though I've no dates for this & it could be a while off. No matter, I've ripped the vinyl and can wait for the CDs.

In the meantime, I've removed the relevant files from Rapidshare - if you wanted them, too bad. You'll have to buy them (or look elsewhere...)

Also, I got an email from Jon Owen of the Global Village Trucking Company:

Well hello again to you all.
The latest I hear is that the series that the show is in will begin in mid April but not confirmed yet. The other news is that emails are flying all over the world strongly hinting at some appearances during the summer months. Nothing definite but if you know your friendly local festival organiser then a little lobbying could be useful. I would love to play away in Southwold again!


Jon O

So we'll all look forward to that.

Now, on to today's albums. Five reposts and a new one - lets start with that.

Eire Apparent - Sunrise (1969)

Welcome to the Ernie Graham Appreciation Society.

Eire Apparent were a psych band from Belfast, featuring Ernie Graham and Henry McCullogh on guitar & vocals.

This album (for which, many thanks to two great friends of GJIKMT - Hi Nel & George) was made in 1969 and was produced by Jimi Hendrix, who also plays on a few tracks - not sure which ones but he's clearly there on some of them. Henry McCulloght went on to the GRease Band and Wings, Ernie Graham made a wonderful solo album, joined the fantastic Help Yourself, then joined Clancy - see below - and recorded a single for Stiff. Which stiffed.

01 - Yes I Need Someone
02 - Got To Get Away
03 - The Clown
04 - Mr - Guy Fawkes
05 - Someone Is Sure To (Want You)
06 - Rock 'N' Roll Band
07 - Morning Glory
08 - Magic Carpet
09 - Captive In The Sun
10 - Let Me Stay
11 - 1026

Download Eire Apparent - Eire Apparent

Clancy - Seriously Speaking (1975)

Clancy were a pub/college band in the 70s - sort of like the Average White Band without the hrons. I liked them.

01 - 01 - Back On Love
01 - 02 - Lose Me
01 - 03 - Body To Body
01 - 04 - Steal Away
01 - 05 - Sign Of The Times
01 - 06 - Southern Boogie
01 - 07 - Money
01 - 08 - Long Time Comin'
01 - 09 - Move On
01 - 10 - Eat Gook
BONUS TRACK - Mary Black - Anachie Gordon

Download Clancy - Seriously Speaking

Clancy - Every Day (1976)

02 - 01 - Working Together
02 - 02 - Time Taker
02 - 03 - Seconds Out
02 - 04 - You Have Made My Life So Sweet
02 - 05 - Jeka Jose
02 - 06 - You Don't Understand
02 - 07 - Good Judgement
02 - 08 - Jealousy
BONUS TRACK - The Sound - Golden Soldiers

Download Clancy - Every Day

Byzantium - Byzantium (1972)

(repost from original posting, June 2006)

OK - here goes. I've been really impressed by some of the old vinyl that has been ripped and posted on blogs around here so I've decided to add some of my own. To the best of my knowledge, none of this stuff is commercially available, so I don't think I'm breaking any laws. If the record companies (is that still what they're called?) decide to reissue any of this stuff it'd be a different matter - but frankly I can't see it. So here are the two officially released Byzantium albums from 72/73, plus the unreleased 3rd album. Chaz Jankel (gtr) went on to join the Blockheads, Robin Lamble (bass) played with Al Stewart (BTW he was the brother of Fairport's original drummer Martin), Mick Barakan changed his name to Shane Fontayne and is now with Marc Cohn, and as for Jamie Rubinstein and Stevie Corduner - no idea what happened to them.

BTW the title of the original post ('Byzantium Were Unable To Appear Owing To A Power Cut') refers to the fact that Byzantium were on the bill of the gig that was recorded and released as Greasy Truckers Party, with Man, Hawkwind and Brinsley Schwartz. If there hadn't been a pwer cut and they had appeared, and been on the album, their career might have gone a different way - they were a cracking live band as I remember (and I saw them *lots* of times).

01 - What Is Happening
02 - I Am A Stranger To My Life
03 - Come Fair One
04 - Baby I Can Hear You Calling Me
05 - Trade Wind
06 - Into The Country
07 - Lady Friend
08 - Why Or Maybe It's Because

Download Byzantium - Byzantium

Byzantium - Seasons Changing (1973)

01 - What A Coincidence
02 - My Season's Changing With The Sun
03 - Show Me The Way
04 - I'll Always Be Your Friend
05 - October Andy
06 - Something You Said - A Trilogy

Download Byzantium - Seasons Changing

Byzantium - Live And Studio (1974)

01 - I'll Just Take My Time
02 - Surely Peace Will Come To Those Who Try
03 - If You Wanna Be My Girl
04 - Oh Darling
05 - Move With My Time
06 - Flashing Silver Hope (live at the Nightingale)
07 - Cowboy Song (live at Borehamwood)
08 - Feel It (live at the Harlow Community Centre)

Download Byzantium - Live And Studio

Monday, March 10, 2008

Spining On Zair 'Ead In Ze Street

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

Download 'Designer Beatnik' by Doctor Calculus

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

Download 'Every Word You Say' by Peter Sarstedt

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

Download 'Rogue Waves' by Terry Reid