Week 39 - Fri 30 Sep
Welcome to the RPM Record Club, week ending Friday 30th September 2022. I know you've all been waiting with baited breath, but my prize marrow, mentioned last week, was passed over at the Horticultural and Produce Show.....however, my fruit scones were judged top notch and were awarded first prize!! Now here's this week's prize winning tunes, over to.....
"Whilst in Alnwick, I managed to pick up an Ozark Mountain Daredevils LP from the Salvation Army charity shop. So from the album Don’t Look Down..."
"The next was from a visit to Cragside and whilst in the shop, I stopped to listen to what was playing on their CD player. I was busy nodding when annoyingly the CD skipped. So here is the song I was enjoying, although it was the original obviously, but I thought this was worth putting forward. Still reminds me of the film Blue Velvet."
"Lastly, nothing to do with my holiday particularly apart from that the CD was in the car, much to Sarah’s annoyance. So a bit of loudness off the Epitaph label..."
"Look after yerselves RPMers."
"As promised last week, here's three from the (generally) excellent Beat Club, broadcast on Bremen's EDF TV channel from 1965 to 1972. The show was much more diverse than Top of the Pops and Thank your lucky stars and, in musical terms, probably as adventurous as Ready Steady Go. Among the list of artists who appeared were King Crimson, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones as well as a host of 'home' groups including Amon Duul II, Can, Popol Vuh (from the 'Kraut Rock' era) and my opening artists..."
Lords- 'I'm a hook (sic) for you baby' (studio version on 'Lords 2 Shakin' all over' LP released mid 1966. German release on Columbia label) - "Gloriously irreverent, or hopelessly out of time, the Lords ruled (ooops....) between 1965 and 1969, placing a dozen singles in the Top 40 and hitting the album charts on many occasions too. They have sold over seven million records (the largest sales for any German rock band) and still tour as part of the nostalgia circuit. They could never have exported their 'style' to the UK or USA, featuring as it did, a live show and image which incorporated the humour of, say, the Freddie and the Dreamers stage act coupled with the 'dandy' clothes of The Snobs and all topped off with Pretty Things/Yardbirds hair styles. In addition to touring with The Who and The Kinks they were the first Western European group to headline a concert behind the Iron Curtain when they appeared at the Legia Stadium in Warsaw in 1967 in front of 25,000 fans. The late sixties saw the band embrace a more psychedelic output which, in the early seventies, morphed into music influenced by the Krautrock era but, by 1976, they had turned into a proto-Slade/ rock and roll band, an image which they still present at their current live gigs. Today's selection is (presumably) mis-titled on the video as vocalist Ulli Gunther certainly pronounces the title correctly (despite rumours that he had little or no command of English) and mention of Freddie and Co reminds me to reach out their version of '...Hog...' for a future week's goodies!!!"
Sharon Tandy (+ Fluer de Lys)- 'Hold on' (7" single b-side to 'Stay with me' released October 1968. Atlantic label) - "I'm owning up to a cheat here. I only have the (splendid) original version of this by Fluer de Lys but, searching for a version of that recording I chanced on this fantastic clip of Sharon (possibly miming) on Beat Club and couldn't resist including it. Copies of this single are currently changing hands for over £200 so it's a pity Acid Jazz didn't include it on the EP they released a few years ago! I mentioned the Box Tops as a psych/soul crossover last week and here's one of the finest of that genre (if there be such an animal?) with Bryn Haworth supplying a blistering solo and it's just a shame that FdL are not featured more clearly in the clip as there is so little video available of them as a band. They had recorded the original version in June 1967 as the b-side to 'Reflections of Charles Brown', a single enforced on the group by their label which FdL only agreed to release under the guise of Ruperts People. The single was a pretty blatant attempt to cash in on Procol Harums 'Whiter shade...' hit using a very similar organ sound and 'based' on a quasi-classical melody which, as a result, stood very little chance of breaking through. Sharon, who regularly recorded with FdL, and with Tony Head as a duo, heard 'Hold on' and liked it so much she insisted on rerecording the number with the group but, despite the excellence of both sides it followed the rest of her singles into obscurity. There's more on Sharon on Week 8/22 SDS by the way."
Yardbirds- 'Shapes of things' (7" single released 25th February 1966. Columbia label)
"Hmmmm: I've tried not to comment on politics for a while but...... here's some hopefully interesting points:
Marche Vannetaise performed by Yves Guével & Gwendal Rabé -
Cattle in the Cane performed by Sierra Hull & Justin Moses -
"Best wishes to everybody."
I'm Shakin' by Little Willie John - "One of my favourites from the 50's and early 60's. We lost so many fantastic coloured singers to untimely, violent fates back in the day and Willie John was one of the best. This is the upbeat 'b' side to 'A Cottage For Sale' recorded in 1959."
Why Worry by Mark Knopfler with Chet Atkins & The Everly Brothers - "There aren't many guitarists that you can identify simply by seeing their finger picking hand at work. There are no duos that could ever be confused with The much missed Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins always makes me wonder why getting a tune out of a guitar is so hard!"
From A Buick 6 Gary U.S. Bonds - "I dug out Gary's album (Dedication) this week and picked this Dylan cover from it. I played Gary's early 60's hits to death when they came out - this song prophetically contains the line "When the Pipeline gets broken.........." Who's been causing mischief in the Baltic??"
"Hi RPMers, Had a great time at Deepdale Festival last weekend. As promised, here are three tracks from some of the acts I enjoyed..."
"Hi RPMers, hope all is good with you all. Here’s my 3 tunes."
"Three faves from this weeks listening."
'Til Next Time....