Week 16 - Fri 22 Apr
Welcome to the RPM Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 22 April 2022. We don't stand on ceremony here, so dig in to another smorgasbord of carefully selected musical delicacies.....over to....
Down Where The Drunkards Roll by Richard and Linda Thompson - "This is from their album 'I Want to See the Bright Lights.......'. I've seen Richard, Teddy and his sister live but never Linda and she majors on this particular track."
Liar by Argent - "This track was released by Three Dog Night as their first single which I remember being played when it first came out, but it was written by Russ Ballard of Argent and I like this version. Can you think of anybody who it might apply to Philip?"
When All You Got Is A Hammer by Gretchen Peters - "A brilliant track from Gretchen which got some airplay when the album first came out. It's a clever musical description of PTSD which every conflict (including the current one I'm sure) seems to result in causing many deeply troubled sufferers. How could anybody emerge unscathed from the horrors of war, that we who have not personally been caught up in, can only imagine as we stare via the safety of our tv screens?"
"Two Dylan covers this week and then the Mamas and Papas..."
With God on Our Side performed by Buddy Miller -
"At the moment there is an amazing planetary alignment in the early morning sky of Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn, joined this weekend by the moon. So here's my choices..."
"Three 'quirky' 45rpm b-sides that hit the deck in the last seven days."
Satisnek the Jobs Worth by Amen Corner (b-side to 'Bend me, shape me' single release January 1968. Deram label)) - "Probably closer to their live mod/soul sound (Sue saw the group at Donny Race Course around this time) with its Hammond heavy sound. 'Satisnek' of course is (cigarette brand) Kensitas spelled backwards and, to my knowledge, 'jobsworth' didn't seem to come into common parlance until a few years after this? 'Bend me...' was a cover of the American Breed's US charter from 1967 but it was originally recorded by The Outsiders In in 1966 whose later line up included Jimmy Fox who founded the James Gang."
See Me Back by The Merseybeats- '(b-side to 'Last night (I made a little girl cry)' released October 1964. Fontana label) - "Quite how (and why) Lennon and McCartney didn't sue the 'Beats for this blatant, and inferior, 'adaptation' of 'I call your name' is beyond me. The top side is a goodish beat ballad which gained later covers by Steve Lawrence in May '65 and US group the Pleazers the following month. Lennon had written 'I call your name' prior to forming the Beatles and it was offered to Billy J Kramer who placed it on the reverse of late 1963's 'Bad to me' single (another Lennon/McCartney song). Lennon was dissatisfied with Kramers treatment and so the band recorded it in June 1964 with a view to it being included in the 'Hard Days Night' film. Because of its similarity to 'You can't do that' (initially included in the 'live' set in the film but later expunged and relegated to the 'non-film' side of the soundtrack album), the song was placed on the 'Long Tall Sally' EP in the UK and the second Beatles album in the US. Those two songs were the first to feature George Harrison's recent gift of a Rickenbacker 360/12 direct from the manufacturer and, in 'I call your name', the band featured an early experiment with the ska rhythm in the chorus."
Disturbance by The Move - (b-side to 'Night of fear' released Dec 1966. Deram label)
Alan's Musical Funnies -
Bonus Track -
"Hi my music loving friends. Here’s my 3 this week."
"Hi Everyone, I hope you're all keeping safe and well. Here are my choices for this week..."
"Here's three from my week's musical mix....."
Big Fat Earth Worm by Richard Durrant - "Is it classical in a folky prog way, folk in a proggy classical way or prog in a classical folky way? No doubt it's Richard Durrant, anyway....."
Francie Campbell's / Out of the Ashes performed by Matt Malloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn - "The pairing of Matt Malloy (flute) and John Carty (fiddle) is just spot on...as proven on these tunes."
Hold Me In Your Arms by The Black Keys - "I was reminded why I was so originally impressed with the Black Keys when I listened to their Thickfreakness album again this week; it's a mighty slab of modern blues, for sure. So here's a sample..."
'Til Next Time...