Week 20 - Fri 14 May
Welcome to the RPM Record Club Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 14th May 2021. What's caught the ears of RPMers this week? Over to.......
"These just sprang to mind............"
Love Power by Lorenzo St DuBois -
Pills & Soap by The Imposter -
"Last week I mentioned Eno's 'sky saw' guitar sound so I thought, "this week why not take a look at some of his work?" Here's three from Mr Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno."
Bonus Track - "To be true to the spirit of RPM I should really be advocating that we should all listen to the whole album, track by track but it is 2021 and that’s not what we do here.........But, if you can be bothered, do! This may take you to the whole album, track by track........."
(Absolutely! Albums is what it's all about. 7DS is a snapshot of what you've listened to during the week and certainly isn't a replacement for album listening. Tim)
"McGuinn once told the story that he had become confused when driving on the LA Freeway with the radio on, when the DJ played ‘American Girl......because he couldn’t remember having recorded it! That was because, at that time, he hadn’t! But…….he did exactly that, just a couple of days later. As a result, the first time I ever heard the Tom Petty song ‘American Girl’, it was the version recorded by Roger McGuinn, and which, in my opinion, was by far the best track on the entire ‘Thunderbyrds’ album despite having some pretty tough competition.
I have managed to catch McGuinn live a few times and, and it is true that, on that promo tour, at the Hammersmith Odeon, with Gene Clarke and Chris Hillman, his especially bright eyes, and cheery disposition, as can be seen here, were enough to light up any venue."
"This week as I’m getting my email ready on the 13th, I thought I would pick artists who had their birthdays on that date. Enjoy more freedom next week everyone but be just as careful out there. Cheers "
"Was reading that the Brickmakers in Norwich is re-opening soon.......prob the only proper live music pub left in Norwich now. Brought back memories of a great night there watching the Quireboys..........."
"Hi All, here's what I've been listening to this week...."
"Hi ya all, hope you are well . Record Store Day is fast approaching.....there are some great albums on the list to be snatched up ! Here’s my 3 tunes...Cheers."
"I have listened to a lot of Richard Thompson this week, relating the early albums back to his comments in his recent memoir......so, not a diverse mix of music, but hopefully enjoyable. I've certainly enjoyed revisiting the Richard and Linda Thompson era LPs, anyway............"
Beat The Retreat by Richard and Linda Thompson - "Previously, we've had tracks from Henry the Human Fly and I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight..........getting to 3rd album Hokey Pokey, I'm afraid this one doesn't do it for me, although it seems to be thought of quite favourably by RT fans. I actually don't think it a strong set of songs and I find the double entendre of the title track outdated and not amusing...........moving swiftly on......
Pour Down Like Silver, album 4, however is a different kettle of fish.........having read some online retrospective reviews, it seems to be thought of by some as a bit too sparse musically and depressive thematically.........however, I think it's great........for precisely those reasons. Beat The Retreat, in my view, is a masterclass in minimalist song writing; using only a few chords and only 7 lines of lyric with a repeating format to lend weight to the songs meaning, the listener is left to draw their own conclusions on the outcome of this relationship breakdown. Superb."
"In his memoir Richard is quite dismissive of the albums following Pour Down Like Silver.......which is a shame really. The follow up to Pour Down.. is First Light, and this album is not that strong, I would agree. His and Linda's next set of songs is pretty good, though. Entitled Sunnyvista, this LP seems to get overlooked...........it's pretty upbeat and rocks out a bit and I found myself playing this LP quite a few times. This next song stuck in my head, probably due to the catchy melodeon line supplied by John Kirkpatrick."
"The last album Richard and Linda recorded together was Shoot Out The Lights. I think this is a bit of a classic.........there's so many good songs. Wall of Death has always been a particular favourite and continues RTs use of using circus and showground imagery as a metaphor for life's ups and downs (Walking on a Wire, Great Velerio....)"
Bonus Track - "............well, not wanting to get left out of the bonus track bonanza (!!!), I've also continued listening to Yasmin Williams. My fave tune this week is from her Unwind album."
Til Next Time..........