Week 28 - Fri 15 July
Welcome to the RPM Record Club Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 15th July 2022. And I've just realised; RPM is 10 years old! We first got together on the 3rd July 2012, so technically our birthday edition should have been the week we were away at Folk in a Field. Never mind....I'm gonna crack a few ales to celebrate whilst I listen to this week's edition.....over to....
"Just thinking back to Folk in a Field this week..."
"Hi RPMers, hope you're all keeping safe and well. Here are three tracks that I've enjoyed this past week..."
"Hi RPMers, hope you are all well . Here’s my 3."
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave by The Who (original 1965 version from Two's Missing compilation released 11th April 1987. MCA label) - "Two's Missing can be viewed as a hodgepodge of early and/or scarce singles and b-sides, unreleased live recordings plus this breathless take on the Martha and the Vandellas cult hit. Perhaps the album should have been released only in the US as many of the tracks had never gained a release there with the unreleased/rare UK tracks re-compiled with those included on the earlier, sister comp 'Who's missing' for the UK market? Entwhistle is mildly disparaging of the song in his album sleeve notes but I love the sheer visceral energy of this version, one of several Motown songs the band recorded (including a fairly pedestrian version of M&V's 'Motoring' on the same compilation.). Great runs around the kit by Moon on this one but there are signs of his tendency to lose the beat in several places."
In The City by The Who (b-side to 'I'm a Boy' released 26th August 1966. Reaction label) - "Ostensibly a Moon/Entwistle co-comp, although I think John had a sudden attack of 'charity-itis' in adding Moon to the credits in order to steer a little cash in his direction. The song is a pretty standard 'beat' era effort which does incorporate the influence of Moon's beloved surf music into the performance and features some fine drum fills and exceptional cymbal work for which Moon became rightfully famous. Entwistle adds French Horn to the proceedings, an instrument he had played in the pre- High Numbers trad jazz band The Confederates alongside Pete Townsend. He was also a gifted trumpet player but, when he joined the Daltrey's Detours he realised that brass instruments would struggle to be heard over electric instruments and proceeded to build his own bass guitar at home. Eleven years later the Jam would release their debut single (and album) also entitled 'In the city' but, although their debt to the Who is transparent, the song is entirely different. They would also cover '(Love is like a) Heatwave' on their 'Setting Sons' album in equally frenetic style to the earlier Who version."
Our Love Was by The Who (from The Who Sell Out' LP released 15th December 1967. Track label) - "Try thinking of '...Sell Out' without the adverts and you probably have a dry run for 'Tommy' without the mystification. I only possess four vinyl albums ** by the Who ( the first three plus a 'sleeveless' 'Live at Leeds') and felt bemused by 'Tommy' and 'Quadrophenia'. After that I'm afraid I lost interest altogether............ much too 'rockist' for me!!! Townsend's mini-vignettes such as 'The kids are alright', 'Out in the street', 'I don't mind', 'So sad about us', 'See my way' and 'Sunrise' certainly meant more to me at that time than any quasi-religious pontifications which formed the basis of 'Tommy' or the overblown, non-mod 'rawk' of 'Quadrophenia'. The film, of course, is a classic, thanks in no small part to its (mainly) non-Who soundtrack and I'm almost willing to forgive the inclusion of one or two out of context songs which snuck into the film! 'Our love was' continues Townsend's vignettes style of writing and features fine acoustic and electric guitar from Townsend and superb cymbals and drums from Moon. This is the stereo mix but, apparently, the mono features an entirely different mix and solo. However, looking at my RRPG, it seems way out of my price bracket!!! The original concept was for an EP featuring (spoof) adverts for everyday products which, although it was initially nixed by Daltrey, became the format for '.... Sells Out'. Although many of the recorded 'adverts' soon hit the cutting room floor they were fully restored for the expanded CD reissue in 2009, but even then no effort was made to place them in context of the original albums running order. The album has continued to grow in popularity with major critics Jann Wenner, Robert Christgau, Ritchie Unterberger and even Lenny Kaye citing it as (one of) Townsends best works, but I'm afraid it will never replace 'My Generation' as the bands finest hour in my opinion."
Candy Man by Roy Orbison - "Roy did this song as part of his 'Black and White' film - always one of my favourite 'B' sides and here performed with a line-up of 'friends'. |it's hard to believe that it's nearly 25 years since he was taken from us far too soon."
Shoppin' Around by Elvis Presley - "Elvis was never meant to be a movie star but as a youngster I loved all the films up to Blue Hawaii mainly for the soundtracks.
Shelter From The Storm by Bob Dylan - "I heard this track on the radio this week and appropriately they have just announced Bob's tour this year. I'll keep my memories of seeing him in the noughties in Bournemouth (Ticket price £35 - what a bargain)!
Daily Echo write-up:
"Here's my 3 taken from this week's listening."
'Til Next Time...