Week 13 - Fri 26 Mar
With summer time just around the corner (don't forget to change your clocks on Saturday night...or technically, at 1am on Sunday morning.....forward 1 hour, btw), welcome one, welcome all to the RPM Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 26th March. Let's get going; over to.............
"Front Row on Radio 4 featured an item on the new Tina Turner documentary, so here's the best songs........"
"Here's my 3, not leaving it until after the deadline this time! So, the clocks go forward this weekend and from Monday we can legally go see a couple of friends or relatives (outside in whatever the elements throw at us of course) without getting clapped in irons. Whoopee! "
"Good wishes to RPM collaborators and thank you for your brilliant choices. With you all in mind, this week I’ve focused on banjo-based lifeforms…."
"This week I’m remembering the musical talent of Dudley Moore as it’s the anniversary of his death on the 27th. Keep well everyone."
"Three-ish versions of the same song this week. It's a classic in the hands of Jimi Hendrix.............. less so perhaps with the three versions here, but interesting nonetheless. The song? 'Hey Joe' of course. Early covers of the song credit Dino Valenti (aka Chet Powers) as composer but the song was actually written (and copyrighted) by Billy Roberts in 1962 whilst he was a member of the supper/folk club group The Driftwood Singers. Even that is disputed by both Robert's girlfriend of the time, Niella Halleck, who says she composed it in early '65 as 'Baby, please don't go to town' and, on occasion, by Tim Rose (generally acknowledged for recording the first recorded 'slowed down' version in 1966) who claimed the song was a traditional blues number he had known since childhood. However, Roberts is now acknowledged as the composer, especially since Valenti confirmed he had heard The Driftwood Singers perform the song in San Quentin State Prison whilst he was serving a short drugs related sentence. South California band The Leaves issued a speedy version for the Mira label in early 1966 and were rewarded with a Top 40 single in the US but, even here there's a story to tell. Their original November 1965 recording was deemed unsatisfactory and was deleted soon after release. A second version was laid down and, once again, failed to make headway. Back to the studio they trooped and added a fuzz guitar to the new recording which, when released, immediately began to march up the charts. The Leaves had replaced The Byrds as resident band at LA's Ciro's nightclub in 1965 where the song had been a regular item in the Byrds live set. The Byrds recorded their version in April 1966, around the same time as The Leaves later versions and these were accompanied by further covers by Sammy Lee and the Summits in February 1966 and Love in March. Even 'Wipe Out'-ers the Surfaris churned out a version in May 1966 and that was only the tip of a veritable iceberg of covers. It would be December of that year, however, before a version was recorded on this side of the pond, Kenny Bernard's rewrite 'Hey Woman' (see my 'Jazz, RnB and Soul side of Mod' article), which was soon followed byThe Creation and, eventually, Marmalade. And that's where this weeks selection starts......"
"As usual............... keep the good stuff flowing and, especially, take care."
"I’ve realised there is a distinct lack of 1950’s music on the radio in recent times so here’s 3 greats from that era."
"Since the death of Lawrence Ferlinghetti I’ve been a bit bookish, and as I still have all of these on vinyl, and in paperback and hard back too………."
"Hi ya all, hope you are all well . Here’s my 3 picks . Cheers."
"Hi All, Checking out the current edition of the RPM 7 Day Soundtrack takes priority on Saturday mornings (yes, even before I've made the coffee...). Last Saturday, after an hour or so with your excellent selections and the coffee freshly brewed, I finished off the last two chapters of Julian Cope's excellent novel, 'One Three One'. I immediately started the next book on the 'to be read' shelf, 'Electric Eden' by Rob Young (sub-titled 'Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music'). I first read it about ten years ago, not long after it was published, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Just a cursory glance through the index has prompted me to revisit a number of albums in my collection: Comus, Mr Fox, John Martyn, Trees, Gnidrolog and even the classical composer E.J. Moeran, plus those listed below and many more.... There is even reference to a number of films including 'Witchfinder General' and 'The Wicker Man', both of which I have watched recently. My choices this week are tracks inspired by Electric Eden"
("How strange....as I was unpacking books and getting them back onto shelves in the new house this week, I came across my copy of Electric Eden and made a mental note to re-read it again soon." - Tim.)
"No themes this time, just three from the mix of music I've listened to this week............"
Justice in Ontario by Steve Earle - ".......finishing with Steve Earle's song about vigilante justice, just to get our feet back on the ground; there's still a lot of work to do."