2014 Meetings


RPM Record Club Meetings 2014

Tuesday 7th January
Theme for the night: My First Album.  A song from the first album you bought or remember acquiring.

1.   Mr Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra from Out Of The Blue...........................brought by Tim
2.   This Is The Day by The The from Soul Mining........................................................brought by Nina
3.   Rock 'N' Roll Honeymoon by Bay City Rollers from Once Upon A Star............brought by Angi
4.   Let Me Roll It by Paul McCartney and Wings from Band On The Run.............brought by Philip
5.   The Kids Are Alright by The Who from My Generation.......................................brought by John
6.   Teenage Dream by Marc Bolan and T.Rex
                             from Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow................brought by Morra
7.   Thunder Child from The War Of The Worlds..........................................................brought by Uwe
8.   The Overture from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg....................................................brought by Jackie
9.   Donna by 10cc from Top of the Pops compilation...............................................brought by Mary
10. The Final Cut by Pink Floyd from The Final Cut.................................................brought by Andrew
11. This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us by Sparks
                     from Kimono My House........................brought by Sal (complete with original receipt!)
12. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye by Leonard Cohen
                                                                          from Songs of Leonard Cohen..............brought by Dave
13. Respect by Otis Reading from Otis Blue............................................................brought by Richard
14. Lipstick On Your Collar by Connie Frances
                                              from Connie Frances Sings The Million Sellers...............brought by Tom
15. Dapple Rose by Slade from Play It Loud................................................................brought by Jayne
16. Lady Eleanor by Lindisfarne from Nicely Out Of Tune..................................brought by Suzanne
17. Black Eyed Blues by Ma Rainey..................................................................................brought by Piers
18. Town Called Malice by The Jam from The Gift...........................................................brought by Rob

Guest Biscuit: Fig Rolls

Mystery Album: The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground chosen by Nina.


Tuesday 4th February.
Theme for the night: It's Alive! Play us a song from a favourite live album.

  1 . Bonnie and Clyde by Vangelis.......................................................Uwe's choice
  2. Copper by Harry Chapin.................................................................Tom's choice
  3. Too Much Alcohol by Rory Gallagher (Irish Tour)...........................................Dave's choice
  4. New York, New York sung by Liza Minnelli...................................Jean's choice
  5. All Along The Watchtower performed by Jimi Hendrix (Isle of White).............Jackie's choice
  6. It's No Secret by Jefferson Airplane...............................................John's choice
  7. Powderfinger by Neil Young (Live Rust)...........................................................Suzanne's choice
  8. Nashville West by The Byrds (Live at the Fillmore)..............................................Piers's choice
  9. Statesboro Blues by The Allman Brothers....................................Philip's choice
10. Anymore For Anymore by Ronnie Lane.........................................Jonothan's choice
11. Rakim by Dead Can Dance (Toward The Within)...............................................Sal's choice
12. Will You Love Me Tomorrow performed by Carol King and James Taylor.......Mary's choice
13. Those Were The Days by Queen with George Michael & Lisa Stansfield.........Chris' choice
14. Young American's Medley performed by David Bowie and Cher........................Morra's choice
15. Landslide by Stevie Nicks...................................................Richard's choice
16. Fortuna by Corvus Corax (Cantus Buranus- Live In Berlin)..............................Ange's cjhoice
17. Kadi Kadi by Ali Farka Toure, Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate
                                                                                          (live WOMAD 1985)..................Jayne's choice
18. I'm The Man Who Loves You by Wilco....................................................Andrew's choice
19. My Opening Farewell by Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne.................................Sara's choice
20. We Will Rock You by Queen (Queen Live Killers)......................................................Tim's choice

Guest Biscuit: Chocolate Teacakes

Mystery Album: The Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks chosen by Tom.


Tuesday 4th March.
Theme for the night: The Irish Connection. It's St Patrick's Day this month so bring along a song with an Irish connection.

  1. Under The Sky by The Answer...............................................................................Tim's selection
  2. The Hunt by The Boys Of The Lough....................................................................Ange's selection
  3. It's All Over Now Baby Blue performed by Them................................................Richard's selection
  4. We Don't Need Nobody Else by Whipping Boy...................................................Dave's selection
  5. Teenage Kicks by The Undertones...........................................................................Mary's selection
  6. Green White and Gold by Anto Morra.....................................................................jayne's selection
  7. Whiskey In The Jar performed by Thin Lizzy..........................................................Andrew's selection
  8. Midnight Hour performed by The Commitments.................................................Jackie's selection
  9. A Lady Of A Certain Age by The Divine Comedy.....................................................John's selection
10. No Arms Can Ever Hold You by The Bachelors.......................................................Jean's selection
11. Eat My Words by Taste....................................................................................................Tom's selection
12. Galway Girl by Steve Earle..........................................................................................Piers' selection
13. Something For The Weekend by The Divine Comedy.............................................Sal's selection
14. Song For Ireland performed by The Dubliners.....................................................Morra's selection
15. Irish Rover performed bt The Dubliners...............................................................Rob's selection

Guest "Biscuit": Mini Pancakes (..it's Shrove Tuesday, after all.)

Mystery Album: California 37 by Train chosen by Rob


Tuesday 1st April.
Theme for the night: Rock 'n' Roll. It's loud, it's raucous and it won't ever let you down.

  1. C'mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran......................................................................chosen by Tom
  2. All Through The City by Dr Feelgood........................................................................chosen by Jackie
  3. Rocket 88 performed by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
                                         (who were in fact Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm)..............chosen  by Piers
  4. Jailhouse Rock performed by Dean Carter..............................................................chosen by Allan
  5. Divine Hammer by The Breeders...............................................................................chosen by Nina
  6. Respectable by The Rolling Stones.........................................................................chosen by Richard
  7. Hound Dog performed by Elvis Presley....................................................................chosen by Ange
  8. Cannibal Pot by Tommy Steele....................................................................................chosen by Morra
  9. So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star by The Byrds.............................................chosen by John
10. Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger......................................................................chosen by Suzanne
11. Who Do You Love performed by Ronnie Hawkins.................................................chosen by Philip
12. Night Out by John J Moses............................................................................................chosen by Dave
13. Bony Moronie performed by Larry Williams..........................................................chosen by Mary
14. Route 66 performed by Dr Feelgood........................................................................chosen by Jayne
15. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide by David Bowie..............................................................................chosen by Sal
16. Move It by Cliff Richard...................................................................................................chosen by Jean
17. Rock It by Motorhead......................................................................................................chosen by Tim

Guest "Biscuit": Chocolate Orange Digestives (special edition).

Mystery Album: Neil Young Unplugged selected by Suzanne.


Tuesday 6th May.
Theme for the night: Far Out! Take us on a mind expanding trip......of the musical sort, of course...........Man!

  1. Elder's Drinking Song by Difang (from Taiwan)......................................................chosen by Ange
  2. I'm Gonna Make You Mine by The Shadows Of The Knight..........................chosen by Jonothan
  3. Mona by Quicksilver Messenger Service.................................................................chosen  by Dave
  4. Silver Machine by Hawkwind.................................................................................chosen by Suzanne
  5. Cat Food by King Crimson.............................................................................................chosen by John
  6. Hanging Out And Hung Upon The Line by Julian Cope.............................................chosen by Sal
  7. Mr Skin by Spirit.............................................................................................................chosen by Philip
  8. 8 Miles High by The Byrds.............................................................................................chosen by Nina
  9. White Bread Brown Bread by Matthew Herbert....................................................chosen by Jayne
10. Saturn by Stevie Wonder...............................................................................................chosen by Jean
11. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix...................................................................................chosen by Andrew
12. New York City by T-Rex................................................................................................chosen by Jackie
13. Cold Turkey by Big Boy Pete.......................................................................................chosen by Alan
14. On The Other Side Of Light by The New Alchemy....................................................chosen by Tim

Guest "Biscuit": Custard Creams.

Mystery Album: Crossing Muddy Waters by John Hiatt selected by Dave.


Tuesday 3rd June.
Theme for the night: RPM on Holiday; Life's A Beach. Tonight's meeting on board the Albatros at Wells-next-the-sea quay.
No Mystery Album this month...........everyone has two themed choices.

Side One.
 1. Rockaway Beach by The Ramones...........................................................Tim's holiday choice
 2. The Sea by Morcheeba.................................................................................Sal's holiday choice
 3. With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock.................................................Morra's holiday choice
 4. Here Comes The Summer by The Undertones....................................Nina's holiday choice
 5. The Polaroid by Rikki Nadir.......................................................................Alan's holiday choice
 6. Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard...........................................................Jackie A's holiday choice
 7. Sitting In The Park by Billy Stewart...........................................................Philip's holiday choice
 8. Gulf Of Mexico by Steve Earle...................................................................Jackie's holiday choice
 9. Summer Fun by The Barracudas................................................................John's holiday choice
10. Miserlou by Dick Dale and the Deltones............................................Andrew's holiday choice
11. Cello Song by Nick Drake.............................................................................Tom's holiday choice
12. Redondo Beach by Patti Smith..................................................................Mary's holiday choice
13. Ain't Goin' To Goa by The Alabama 3.......................................................Jayne's holiday choice
14. Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks................................................................Richard's holiday choice
15. Sex On The Beach by T-Spoon.....................................................................Ange's holiday choice

Side Two.
 1. Everyday Should Be A Holiday by The Dandy Warhols..............................Sal's holiday choice
 2. Groovin' by The Rascals.................................................................................Philip's holiday choice
 3. Echo Beach by Martha and the Muffins.......................................................John's holiday choice
 4. Seven Seas Of Rhye by Queen.......................................................................Jackie's holiday choice
 5. Rumble In Brighton Tonight by Stray Cats................................................Morra's holiday choice
 6. Hooray, Hooray, It's A Holiday by Boney M..................................................Ange's holiday choice
 7. The Swimming Song performed by Kate and Anna McGarrigle..................Jayne's holiday choice
 8. I Sailed This Ship Alone by The Beautiful South..............................................Mary's holiday choice
 9. Why Does It Always Rain On Me? by Travis..................................................Jackie A's holiday choice
10. Clothes Of Sand by Nick Drake........................................................................Tom's holiday choice
11. There's Always The Sun by The Stranglers..................................................Nina's holiday choice
12. Help Me Rhonda by The Beach Boys........................................................Richard's holiday choice
13. Peaches by The Stranglers.........................................................................Andrew's holiday choice
14. A Sailor's Life by Fairport Convention............................................................Alan's holiday choice
15. Castles Made Of Sand by Jimi Hendrix............................................................Tim's holiday choice


Tuesday 1st July.

Theme for the night: RPM Second Birthday Musical Genius Awards. Bring along a song by your nomination.

 1. Jimi Hendrix - Love Or Confusion............................................................................nominated by Tim

 2. Peter Hammill - In The End.....................................................................................nominated by Alan

 3. Bob Dylan - Positively 4th Street...........................................................................nominated by John

 4. The Travelling Wilburys - Not Alone................................................................nominated by Richard

 5. Mick Karn - Sensitive....................................................................................................nominated by Sal

 6. Neil Diamond - Girl You'll Be A woman Soon.....................................................nominated by Mary

 7. Jimmy Webb - Whichita Line Man (performed by Glen Campbell)...............nominated by Jayne

 8. Charlie Christian - Solo Flight...............................................................................nominated by Philip

 9. Richard Thompson - Beeswing...........................................................................nominated by Jackie

10. Stephen Foster - Hard Times (performed by Emmylou Harris) ..................nominated by Piers

11. Vangellis - Blade Runner (movie theme).............................................................nominated by Jean

Guest "Biscuit": Birthday Cake

Mystery Album: Liege and Lief by Fairport Convention (Island Records - 1969) selected by Tim.

I have two reasons to thank Jethro Tull (the band, not the agriculturalist and inventor of the horse drawn seed drill).1). Finding out what a mandolin is and 2).  Discovering Liege and Lief by Fairport Convention. In 1985, Jethro Tull released their album Under Wraps and in interviews at the time, one, Dave Pegg (bass) mentioned his other band, Fairport Convention. It was another musical pathway to follow. So the next time I was in Andy’s Records in Bury St Edmunds, I sought out the Fairport section and decided to buy the LP with the Old English title, in the pale yellow sleeve with the strange wooden effigy on the back cover. This was a very good choice, for 30 years later I’m still listening to this music voted “the most important folk album of all time” by listeners to the Radio 2 Mike Harding folk programme. It’s certainly one of my favourite albums and is what I would call the best and most important “English Music” album of all time; a collection of songs mixing the English Tradition with original material springing from the roots of Albion; a blending of old and new, an enthusiastic claiming of ancient threads by the rock n roll generation to realise 8 pieces of music which certainly no American band could ever have written. It’s a mix of swagger and calling on, of pastoral melancholia, stomping jigs and reels, electrified and electric ballads encompassing themes of magic, murder, roving minstrels, deserting soldiers, beguilement, abduction, mysterious transformations, ravens, fairies, bitter partings and wild abandonment. For me it’s a perfect album by a perfect band; Sandy Denny (vocals) and Dave Swarbrick (fiddle) bringing their folk music background to spark against the rock music leanings of Richard Thompson (guitar), Simon Nichol (guitar), Dave Mattacks (drums) and Ashley Hutchings (bass)………………..What’s that; Ashley Hutchings on bass? Where’s that Dave Pegg who was in Jethro Tull, then? Well, Hutchings and Sandy Denny both left the band in November 1969, one month before the album was actually released. Hutchings and Denny were at odds; he wanted to immerse himself more and more in traditional music, she wanted to diversify away from it. Something was going to give. Dave Pegg joined Fairport at the end of 1969 and occupies the bass position to this day as can be evidenced if you stand in a particular field in the English village of Cropredy on a certain weekend in August every year.

So, Come All Ye…………………..

Tim


Tuesday 5th August.

Theme for the night: Keep It Simple! It's 3 chords in 3 minutes and simply brillinant.

 1. I Fought The Law performed by The Clash............................................chosen by Tim

 2. Fold by Jose Gonzalez.............................................................................chosen by Jonothan

 3. Father and Son by Cat Stevens............................................................chosen by Andrew

 4. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival...............................chosen by Paul

 5. 96 Tears by ? and the Mysterians................................................................chosen by Philip

 6. I Might Be Lying by Eddie and the Hot Rods..............................................chosen by John

 7. Magnolia by j. j. Cale...........................................................................................chosen by Dave

 8. The Wind by Cat Stevens...................................................................................chosen by Tom

 9. The Future's so Bright by The Timbuk 3.......................................................chosen by Jayne

10. A Picture Of You by Joe Brown......................................................................Jean's choice

11. Raglan Road performed by The Dubliners.................................................Morra's choice

12. Twist and Shout by The Beatles......................................................................Richard's choice

13. I Want You by The Inspiral Carpets....................................................................Sal's choice

14. Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters.....................................................................Piers's choice

15. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend by The Ramones..................................................Jackie's choice

16. Oh Donna by Ritchie Valens.................................................................................Mary's choice

17. No Fun by The Stooges........................................................................................Nina's choice

Guest Biscuit: Twix

Mystery Album: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty selected by Jackie


Tuesday 2nd September.

Theme for the night: Born In The USA; That song could only have come from America.

 1. Personality Crisis by The New York Dolls...............................................................chosen by Dave

 2. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix...................................................chosen by Andrew

 3. Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody sung by the Abyssinian Baptist Choir...........chosen by Allan

 4. Dance Critters by Colorblind James Experience....................................................chosen by Jayne

 5. Ballad Of Jed Clampett played by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones......................chosen by Piers

 6. California Girls by The Beach Boys.............................................................................chosen by Jean

 7. Don't Leave Me This Way performed by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.......chosen by Sal

 8. You Keep Me Hangin' On by Vanilla Fudge.........................................................chosen by Norman

 9. Cattle Call performed by Dwight Yoakam...........................................................chosen by Philip

10. The Day I Saw Bo Diddley In Washington Square by Willie Nile...............chosen by John

11. Be Forwarned by Macabre..............................................................................chosen by Jonothan

12. Love In Vain by Robert Johnson............................................................................chosen by Tim

Guest Biscuit: Maryland Cookies

Mystery Album: It's In Our Nature by Jose Gonzalez selected by Jonothan


Tuesday 7th October.

Theme for the night: Crime And Punishment; A song featuring law breaking or the consequences thereof.

 1. Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi..........................................................selected by Jean

 2. Chain Gang by Sam Cooke.........................................................................selected by Mary

 3. Treason by The Teardrop Explodes..........................................................selected by Sal

 4. Hurricane by Bob Dylan..............................................................................selected by Andrew

 5. Machine Gun Kelly by James Taylor............................................................selected by Richard

 6. Care of Cell 44 by The Zombies......................................................................selected by Jonothan

 7. There Goes A Tenner by Kate Bush....................................................................selected by Morra

 8. Lady Came From Baltimore by Tim Hardin.....................................................selected by Norman

 9. Never Learn Not To Love by the Beach Boys.......................................................selected by Allan

10. The Mercy Seat by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.................................................selected by John

11. Phone Call From Leavenworth by Chris Whitley....................................................selected by Dave

12. My Wife Thinks You're Dead by Junior Brown.......................................................selected by Philip

13. Borstal by The Rails..........................................................................................................selected by Tim

Guest Biscuit: Rich Tea Creams

Mystery Album: Boz Scaggs (1st album, Atlantic Records- 1969) chosen by Philip.

There have been times when Boz Scaggs has been too smooth for his own good, but when he has quality material he is as fine a blue-eyed soul singer as there has ever been - a performer both subtle and compelling. Take for example his big hit album “Silk Degrees” and its’ attendant hit singles from 1976, which is the best thing of its’ kind - that is to say, the type of lightweight disco-inflected white R & B purveyed by folks from Bowie to the Bee Gees and from Hall and Oates to the Doobies.

However, the best album in his catalogue remains his first solo effort after having contributed considerably to the first two Steve Miller Band albums (I think he’s on one track on the third).

“Boz Scaggs,” released on Atlantic in 1969, is a country-soul record and one of the best of what just might be the finest year ever for rock albums. Boz went in the company of Jann Wenner to Muscle Shoals in Alabama for an authentic Southern soul sound, recording with the all-white Muscle Shoals rhythm section who had recently made their reputation working with artists of the calibre of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. The album also features a wonderful horn section, excellent female backing vocalists, and a stunning contribution from a 22-year-old hotshot session guitarist named Duane Allman.

The original vinyl release featured six songs on side one, including five Scaggs originals and one song contributed by a member of the horn section - and side one is terrific. Side two is even better. It begins with a version of the old Jimmie Rodgers number “Waiting For a Train” performed in an authentically old-timey manner. Then comes the centrepiece of the entire album, a cover of Fenton Robinson’s “Loan Me a Dime” that starts as a country blues, and builds in tempo and intensity through soul to all-out rock, and features what may well be Duane Allman’s finest ever playing on record. A Boz Scaggs original entitled “Sweet Release” then serves to release the tension and finish the record on a cooler level.

Philip


Tuesday 4th November.

Theme for the night: Songs To Bring Down The Government: A song to start your revolution. (It's almost Bonfire Night, after all!)

 1. Urban Guerilla by Hawkwind..............................................................................Tim's choice

 2. Help Save The Youth Of America by Billy Bragg............................................Jayne's choice

 3. Mouthful Of Shit by Chumbawamba.................................................................Nina's choice

 4. Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil..................................................................Norman's choice

 5. No Surprises by Radiohead....................................................................................Sal's choice

 6. Children of The Revolution by T-Rex..........................................................Jackie's choice

 7. My Generation by The Who......................................................................Richard's choice

 8. People Have The Power by Patti Smith.......................................................Mary's choice

 9. Tired At Day by Nulake Kple Fuwo..............................................................Piers's choice

10. Power In The Darkness by Tom Robinson Band.......................................John's choice

11. Alternative Ulster by Stiff Little Fingers..................................................Andrew's choice

12. Disorder In The House by Warren Zevon.................................................Dave's choice

13. Last man To Fall by Tim Chipping................................................................Morra's choice

14. European Son by The Velvet Underground..............................................Allan's choice

Guest Biscuit: Chocolate Caramel Digestives

Mystery Album: Dirk Wears White Sox by Adam And The Ants selected by Morra.


Tuesday 2nd December.

Theme for the night: Review of the Year 2014: Play us a favourite song from the past 12 months, new release, re-release  or just something you've played a lot this year.

1. Eternal Rains Will Come from Pale Communion by Opeth......................................Tim's top tune

2. Tennessee Time from Pushin' Against A Stone by Valerie June...........................Piers's top tune

3. Talkin' Hawkin' from The Endless River by Pink Floyd........................................Richard's top tune

4. Isn't Love Great from Say Grace by Sam Baker.......................................................Dave's top tune

5. Their Pie from Nebraska Sound Track by Mark Orton....................................Jonothan's top tune

6. Rock Show from Wings Over America by Wings.......................................................Jean's top tune

7. Little Games from Mojo Sampler performed by Pentagram..............................John's top tune

8. Another Love Song from Cursing The Sea by September Girls....................Sal's top tune

9. World On Fire from World On Fire

                                    by Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspiritors.................Jackie's top tune

10. You're My World performed by Sheridan Smith.....................................................Mary's top tune

11. Red Eyes from Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs................................Andrew's top tune

12. Say Something from Stay Calm And Chill Out by A Great Big World............Norman's top tune

13. Something Wicked This Way Comes from Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone

                                                                                 by Lucinda Williams............................Philips top tune

14. Low Light Buddy Of Mine from Ghost On Ghost by Iron And Wine....................Allan's top tune

15. Mi Kple Dogbekpo from African Scream Contest Compilation

                                                        by Lokonon Andre And Les Volcans.......................Jayne's top tune

Guest Biscuit: Mini Stollens and Mary's Mince Pies (yummy)

Mystery Album: Hand Clappin' Foot Stompin' Funky-Butt Live! by Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band selected by John.

The first time I was picked to choose the Mystery Album the task was easy; my all-time favourite album – ‘Rattus Norvegicus’ by The Stranglers. This time there was not one obvious album that would fit the bill. Would I go for my second all-time favourite album or something from my top five all-time favourite albums? No… I thought I’d try to create a new set of criteria in order to narrow the choice and find something that wasn’t, initially, an obvious choice. This also proved problematic; I was coming up with albums that were ‘obscure’, ‘difficult’ and perhaps not ‘immediate’. I decided to go for something that was instantly accessible and highly entertaining – even if it wasn’t a genre to everybody’s taste: ‘Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky-Butt… Live’ by Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band.

At the tail-end of 1966, when I was in my last year at Secondary School, my mates and I started to attend a regular Sunday Night event at The Tower Ballroom, Great Yarmouth. Bands that we’d previously seen at youth club ‘dances’ playing psychedelic pop were now playing songs on the Tower’s huge stage by the likes of Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas etc. Titles like ‘Knock on Wood’ and ‘Willy Nilly’ were staples in their repertoire.  It became obvious after a few weeks, having seen a few different groups, (we didn’t actually refer to them as bands back then), that they were playing certain songs in the same sequence or playing the same medleys with the same links. The source of this ubiquitous repertoire was Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band’s first album – ‘Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin Funky-Butt… Live!’

It was ages before I owned a copy of this LP myself but I remember spending a large proportion of spring half-term holiday listening to it over and over having been lent the LP by my school friend Alan Fulwood. From the audience chants of ‘Geno’ and the introduction by Pirate Radio DJ Dave Cash, the pace and excitement was relentless. The playing of the Ram Jam Band could not be faulted but what Geno lacked in vocal precision and technical ability, he made up for with sheer power, passion, humour and unadulterated entertainment. Okay, so he got the lyrics mixed up a few times and ad-libbed his way through songs where he’d not bothered to learn much more than the title but it didn’t matter – even through my small Dansette the atmosphere was palpable.

All these years later, with my very own copy of the LP, I still feel the excitement of those few months in 1966/67 when that particular LP was the soundtrack to our young lives.

A few months after the summer of ’67 (Sgt. Pepper/Piper at the Gates of Dawn) when a few of us experienced Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band live at the Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, I went to ‘The Art School Dance’ for the first time… things changed and (mostly) everyone started to get a bit more serious in their musical tastes – myself included thanks to the likes of The Mooch, Tuesday’s Children, The Spirit of John Morgan and The Circus. Despite this, soul music had a firm place in my musical affections and to this day I’m still discovering LPs from that classic mid/late sixties period that give me that same thrill – Howard Tate, James & Bobby Purify etc. – all thanks to a bit of Funky-Butt Live!

John


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