Week 53 - Fri 31 Dec
Welcome to the last RPM Record Club Seven Day Soundtrack of 2021. Wishing you all the best of vibes for 2022....and despite what "The Fates" may have in store for us during the next twelve months, we certainly have it in our power to keep all the good music flowing. Can't wait! Happy RPM New Year and over to......
Today I Sing The Blues by Aretha Franklin - "When I was going through some stuff looking for things to illustrate my end of year offering I came across a 1973 repress of Aretha' s very first LP on Fontana cut in 1960. It demonstrated that she was clearly very special and that she was bound to go on to greater things."
Honky Tonk Women performed by Rick Nelson - "Here's another idea which popped up from the same mixed box of records.
It Don't Bother Me performed by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - "I got my copy of the new Plant/Krauss album as I hoped for Christmas. Here's their interpretation of a Bert Jansch number and Alison Krauss takes the lead on this one."
Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) by Laura Marling -
The Cutty Wren performed by Chumbawumba -
Tar Barrel In Vale performed by The Unthanks -
"Happy New Year to all RPMers. Here's a sample of what I've been listening to in the final week of another strange year..."
What She Did To My Mind by Ian McNabb (with Crazy Horse) -
Beastie by Jethro Tull -
Sukie In The Graveyard by Belle And Sebastian -
"A happy and healthy new year to all RPMers.
Firstly, I thought I'd add another "Top 5" in the form of a little New Year quiz.
Here is a list of celebrated quotations from my all-time favourite films, giving the year of release in each case. Can you identify the films?"
(Answers hopefully supplied next week.....Tim)
"And now, some music selections for this week, all from 2021 albums. Once again, best wishes and let's hope 2022 is better than the last couple of years. "
Better Days -
(The) 'S-W-I-M' by Bobby Freeman - (7" single released late 1964. PYE International)
Feel Good About It' (Part 1) by Joey Dee and Starlighters- (7" US only release, Jubilee label. Released mid 1966) "A late release here from one of the original 'twisters', taken from his 1966 album 'Hitsville' which, in common with, say, Sandy Nelson and the Ventures, saw Dee covering many of that year's hits with a couple of his own, including this goodie. Here, Dee co-comps with producer Trade Martin whose career started out as multi instrumentalist on recordings by doo-woppers The Earls before going on to produce and arrange for Ellie Greenwich, Lesley Gore, The Tokens, Ian & Sylvia, Ricky Nelson and Solomon Burke amongst many others. There's a pretty in depth bio on Dee and the Starlighters on Week 20/Isolation Room playlist (gawd!!! What a long, strange trip it's been!) but, on this disc, I'm not sure of who constitutes the Starlighters; one thing for sure, they show a lot of muscle on this track. Once again this is another which is spun pretty regularly on the soul scene and who can blame 'em!!!"
Bonus Track - Psychotic Reaction performed by Joey Dee and The Starlighters -
"A bonus request here please, Tim, for a 'Hitsville' album track, a cover of Count Five's psychedelic classic (also covered by the Five's label mate Brenton Wood and Aretha Franklin!)."
Nobody But Me by Human Beinz - (7" single released late 1967. US issue on Capitol)
"For this New Year’s Eve, I want you all to pack up 2021 and all its problems and tragedies and dance them out of the house. Then, dance a brand new year and hope back into your home. Here’s some tracks to throw yourself around to.
"Happy New Year fellow RPMers, hope you all had a good Christmas . Here’s my 3 tunes this week."
"This last year has dragged a little....far too few high points for us, but not too many lows! We have survived. Feel for poor Jayne; although progress is slow, I am still twiddling away on my concertina…
A couple of tunes that I have taken up this morning (Old Years Eve)......."
Histe Up the John B. Sail by The Cleveland Simmons Group - "Although there have been many recorded since, this is by far my very favourite version of this song, If I remember my sleeve notes… The Cleveland Simmons Group was with whom Joseph Spence first performed…"
Greenland Whale Fisheries performed by Van Dyke Parks - "I had forgotten that I have a copy of this album until the other day. The whole album is far better than I remembered. Bursting with potential concertina classics! I have picked this track as a friend has asked me to perform it in the new year."
Auld Lang Syne performed by Andy Stewart and the White Heather Club - "This is a reminder how the turning of every Old to New Year was marked when I was growing up. I imagine my dad waiting outside the front door, clutching a piece of coal, for the moment when the clock chimed and mum opened all the doors and windows to let the old year out, and the new year in, for our annual ‘first footing’ ceremony."
Bonus Track - "If I am allowed a short bonus, I will leave you all with something more appropriate…The way I imagine Hogmanay should be celebrated."
The Drinking Song (Brochan Lom) from Whisky Galore -
"Here's my old year night three. Happy New Year everyone."
The World is Waiting for The Sunrise performed by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France - "Waiting for the sunrise, not only upon a new year but also on more normal times...pretty seamless link to get some Django into the playlist, huh?"
Eternal Wheel by Ozric Tentacles - "The turning-of-the-year, an ending of the old and the start of new, another revolution of the eternal wheel. Hopefully, next time around we'll be getting a little more air in the cosmic tyres."
Good Morning Nightcap Set performed by Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn - "The first of these 3 trad reels is called Say Good Morning To Your Nightcap....hilarious Irish humour.....and perhaps next year we might be saying exactly that."
'Til Next Year....