Week 45 - Fri 5 Nov
Welcome to the RPM Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 5th November 2021.....and on Bonfire Night, here's some incendiary sounds to round off the week with a bang! More than Mr Fawkes achieved.....Over to.....
"Hi Everyone. Thanks for all your great choices. Here are three tracks from albums I've been listening to this week."
Rhayader/Rhayader Goes To Town by Camel - "From the LP '(Music Inspired By) The Snow Goose'."
Gungamai by Quintessence - "Over the past week or so I've played all five LPs by Quintessence plus the album by 'spin-off' band Kala. Quintessence are one of my all-time favourite bands - certainly in my top-ten...."
Looking by Ziggy Marley - "After ten albums with The Melody Makers, Ziggy Marley released 'Dragonfly', his first solo album, in 2003."
"Hi RPMers, hope you all have had a happy music-listening week. Here’s my 3."
"Best wishes to everyone as ever... I'll try not to rant next time."
"We went to the Crescent Community Venue in York on Thursday to see Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle perform. Very good gig...here's some tunes."
Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You by Ray Charles - "I Thought I had all the Ray Charles albums I needed but one popped up this week in a charidey shop in really good condition and I snapped it up - it included this stand-out track. I also bought a Joe Brown album on Pye Golden Guinea label but because of it's great condition and it doesn't contain any tracks that I would care to share with you guys....."
Fever performed by Elvis Presley - "I've been chasing late pressings on 78 rpm by Elvis and others out of South Africa for some time. I've missed out on this one before but finally got my hands on a great copy at a decent price as all the opposition were chasing another release on 78rpm from the "Elvis Is Back" album i.e. "Reconsider Baby/Dirty Dirty Feeling" which I already had. Just a couple of late ones to go now - "Soldier Boy" and "Girl Next Door went a Walking" from the same album - never seen by me for sale so far but they must be out there somewhere! As far as I know there were only 3 RCA 78's pressed in 1961 and I'm pleased to have those (Wild in The Country, Little Sister and Sentimental Me)."
For My Wedding by Don Henley - "This is from the 'Inside Job' album which unfortunately is limited to just two tracks available on Youtube. Thankfully this is one of them - I can recommend the album though."
"Three from the 'impossible to find' garage/psychedelic era this week, so they all come from V/A albums."
"First up, it's The Aztex's stupidly rare punker, There are only a half dozen known original pressings which, when traded, have attracted bids over $3000!!! Hailing from Gary, Indiana, home of the Jackson family and my favourie doo-wop group The Spaniels ( of 'Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight fame), this primitive pounder was recorded in late 1966 at Bud Pressner's tiny studio but was delayed until May '67. Just 100 were pressed up for the band to sell to their 'fans' which explains why there are now so few copies in existence! The Youtube video includes a spoken intro which was on the original single but the V/A album version is without this 'bonus'. "
I Said Move by Aztex- (7" single b-side to 'Little streets of our town', released mid 1967. Staff label US release only. This from 'Back from the grave Vol 4' released 1986. Crypt label Germany)
"Next up, yet another great flip side, this time from Vancouver's finest garage band The Painted Ship who were, unfortunately, blessed with a real attitude problem. Signed to the prestigious London label, they laid down 'Frustration' at their very first session. The bigwigs from London shuffled their feet, cleared their throats and said ' We were expecting something a little more commercial?' The bands leader, Bill Hay, who both looked and sounded like Love's 'difficult' front man Arthur Lee, returned a couple of days later with 'Little White Lies' which combined a dangerous punk sneer with a classic 'frat rock' sound which Hays later described as 'a parody of a swaggering rock star'. 'Frustration', meanwhile, echoes the LA sound of the early Doors with its eastern organ runs coupled with some superb drumming and excellent guitar work. Although the band played high profile US West Coast gigs with the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Yardbirds, they only released one more single, 'Audience Reflections from Polyana's dreamworld', with the proto heavy raga rock/rap crossover 'And she said yes' as it's flip. Two singles, hits in the Vancouver area, with two classic b-sides........ what more could you want? The band recorded a whole album which was sent to UK Polydor but, thanks to record company politics, would have had to be released on the US imprint. Unfortunately, when Polydor returned the master tapes they were lost in the post and within a few months the band dissolved."
Frustration by The Painted Ship - (original b-side to 'Little White Lies' 7" single released 1966, London label Canada. This from 'The best of Pebbles Vol 2' released 1987, Ubik label).
"And finally, here's one of the best 'guitar freak outs' ever recorded by the (American) Amboy Dukes, named after Irving Shulmans novel but with the 'American' suffix to differentiate over here between the UK band with the same name (as per the 'Detroit' Spinners on Tamla, as opposed to Liverpools finest folkies).
Baby Please Don't Go performed by The Amboy Dukes- ' (7" single released late 1967. Monument label. This from 'Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era' released October 1972. Sire label) )
"By the way: Here's the finished artwork for The Collectors LP I had pressed up this week. If anyone is thinking of converting CD to vinyl I'm quite pleased with the company I used (https://www.phoenixvinyl.co.uk in Blackpool). Bearing in mind the CD's (which I had to convert to WAV) are up to 17/18 years old and recorded in small local studios, the sound was good if a little 'flat', levels were equalised (not re/mixed) and turnaround was less than a week. LP's can contain up to 4 tracks per side with a 20 minutes maximum which could be a little limiting. Be warned though...... it ain't cheap!
"This week, as I’m going to see David Suchet on Sunday at the Theatre Royal, I thought I would choose very atmospheric theme tunes to some favourite Detective Series on TV.
Wrap up warm everyone and get your booster. Cheers "
"I am told that there is an electric open mic held at the pub in Hockering every other Sunday. I might go along but what would I play? But I do own a telecaster!
During the first and second lock downs I settled down to a routine of playing fiddle tunes on my mandolin, for an hour or so, each and every morning. pretty much without fail. I’d then put the kettle on, and Jayne and I would do the Guardian crossword, online, accompanied by strong coffee and Fig Rolls or Garibaldi biscuits. I hardly bothered to pick up any kind of guitar. Although recently I have been picking out tunes on my old National again, even I admit, it is lacking in that total commitment. It seems that I have gently drifted out of the habit.
Now that the COVID figures are starting to look alarming once more, I think I may need to fill the time between Dawn and Elevensies, musically, again. I always meant to learn how to play ridiculously overdriven widdly guitar solos. I am easily impressed and think that most other people must be too, and for that reason, it seems to be the perfect way to gain the idolisation that I have always craved? I also still have a hankering for that Power Pop zappiness. The two things do fit together surprisingly well....
This week I have been thinking about musical models, that I might lean on (if not outright copy) with which I might dazzle my listeners!
I am sure that I have had Eddie Van Halen, and I believe ’My Sharona’ before (probably more than once) The Smithereens, ‘A Girl Like You’ was pretty good as Pop Goes… and Robert Palmer too… I don’t remember if I have ever had Power Station’s ‘Some Like It Hot’ and what with all that technicolour armpit shaving, and flaming cactuses, neon and all, it is a great video, very much of its time, and ohhh that quick burst of guitar widdle!!!!! Superb……. but it isn’t really excessive enough. There is their ‘Get It On’??? Only a cover version but it does have the makings of something better…. And that guitar solo goes on a bit longer…."
"I thought about The Scorpions - ‘Taken By Force’ but they look so ridiculous in their vids, and the title is so un ‘PC’, that I would be embarrassed to be associated with them. Then there was ‘Flirtin' with Disaster’ by Molly Hatchet which makes me snigger too! Not that I don’t love it!!! (But Really!) Or maybe something like Kenny Loggins ‘Danger Zone’ (Not to be confused with the Percy Mayfield song of the same name recorded by Ray Charles and released as the B side of the single version of ‘Hit The Road Jack’) which is always fun but still a bit antiseptic… Too much compression???? But really for full on sonic squeeeelyness, wallop, whump and excess you have to go back to proper 60s, 70s when they were still creating the genre as they went along…"
My Hero (live) by Foo Fighters -
Brighter than Gold by Louis II -
Send It by Bliss n Eso -
"Jackie has covered the best live music of the week...so, going to run with the Bonfire Night theme..."
Fireworks over North Yorkshire.
'Til Next Time....