Week 52 - Fri 24 Dec
Welcome to the RPM Seven Day Soundtrack Christmas edition, week ending Friday 24th December 2021. Strange unreliable times are becoming the "new normal", it seems....but the one thing you can rely on is the quality of the music as selected by our esteemed RPM friends. So I'm going to settle down in front of the wood burner with a Swaffham bakery mince pie (thanks Nina for smuggling them across the border) and a Yuletide ale and see what you've chosen. Over to......
"Hi ya all. Music is an amazing thing! Each week you guys produce lists of artists I have never heard of. Here’s my 3 of the week...and happy Christmas everyone."
Holy Cow performed by Lee Dorsey - "Bought a copy on the UK Stateside label backed with another Toussaint penning called Operation Heartache."
I Still Love You by Ann Peebles - "Here's another one from a charity shop in St. Neots. Every charity shop (there were 6 in this compact little town) had a box of 45's to sift through. This is the 'B' side of a London American single "Part Time Love" which I think is the stronger. You probably remember that Ann conceived and co-wrote the much covered "I Can't Stand The Rain" in 1973."
Lonely Avenue performed by Eric Burdon - "I bumped into this track while trawling through Youtube looking for something else, so I'm showcasing it this week in place of the 'something else'. Backed by the magnificent Henry McCullough band, this is the ex-Geordie with a USA west coast accent and a certificate of proficiency from The Ministry of Silly Walks otherwise doing a great job on this Ray Charles number."
Bonus Track - Gaudete performed by Steeleye Span - "Could I have a little Christmas bonus this week please Tim? (Oh, Ok then......Tim) I shunned latin while at school but have come to really love and value it's use within the universal mongrel language we use daily. I'm a heathen by instinct but I think this really reminds us what we owe our present-laden seasonal holiday to. First saw them in Plymouth in March '73 supported by Horslips and several times after."
"Dear RPMers, be kind to yourselves, the longest night has past. Wishing everyone all you would wish for yourselves - and more. Happy Christmas."
"Season's greetings to all RPMers.
"Here's some tunes from one of our perennial Christmas albums, Elvis' Christmas...."
"A couple of hours ago (Thursday) I returned from an emergency trip to the dentist.
Two fillings, that took only a short while, and very little discomfort. But, once the effect of the anaesthetic had worn off, because I haven’t been eating too much bread for a month or so. as a special treat, I had baked beans on white toast for my lunch. Not only has there been a lack of bread in my life lately, I got hardly any sleep last night due to my horror at having to go to the dentist, and I’ve not had much time this week for just sitting around listening to music.
As for RPM, It would have been easy to go with the few things I have been listening to most recently, usually over breakfast, but, on Tuesday evening, I was brought up short by a comment by a friend, that they had never heard John Martyn, (!) someone whose music is so naturally a part of my audial history that I don’t need to listen to him very often, but when I do, it is so familiar that it becomes a relaxing sensory experience, like drifting away in a warm ocean of sound. Very comforting, a bit like beans on toast and an afternoon nap!"
Calling Me Home by Rhiannon Giddens (with Francesco Turrisi) -
Merry Christmas Baby by Elvis Presley - (7" US single released November 1971. RCA label. This from 'Blue Rhythms' compilation album released 1984.)
And now a more familiar one...........
"And finally, a 'waddafug??!!' choice. How did this a) end up in a Charidee shoppe in Sheringham and b) why is it in my collection? Answers on a postcard!!!!"
"I suppose I should have Christmassy themes for my tracks this week but I’ll go for some lively sing along ones. I wish you all a very happy Christmas and I hope you can relax and find time to listen to more music. "
"Merry Christmas to you & yours! Have an enjoyable, restful & healthy Yuletide. Best wishes, take care & cheers!"
"Hi RPMers...Here's wishing you a joyful Christmas and happy and healthy New Year. My pre-Christmas play-list has featured a variety of tunes; here are just three..."
Statue of Liberty by XTC - "This, a live version from The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978."
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Live) performed by Otis Redding - "A brilliant version of the James Brown classic from the album 'Otis Redding In Person At The Whiskey A Go Go'."
Time And Space by Gnidrolog - "In the mid-sixties to the early-seventies, the 'Art School Dance' was an event I would attend whenever I could. For a few shillings I could experience live music by bands that were a million miles from the 'Hit Parade' fodder of the time but only a sixpenny bus ride from home. Among them were The Mooch, Circus, The Spirit Of John Morgan, Tuesdays Children and .....Gnidrolog!"
"Here's three from this weeks selection of albums..."
Songs From The Wood by Jethro Tull - "A couple of weeks ago I spent a very enjoyable crisp but sunny morning helping our local environmental group coppice some hazel and ash at Manor Vale wood in Kirkbymoorside. This song was in my head the whole time...and this week, I finally got around to playing the whole Songs From The Wood album, which is my favourite of all their LPs, both for the music themed around the English countryside and changing seasons and also for the evocative album art."
Circles In The Snow by Smoke Fairies - "Smoke Fairies seasonal LP Wild Winter gets quite a few plays this time of year. Here's one off the (white vinyl) album."
'Til Next Time....