Week 43 - Fri 28th Oct
Welcome to the RPM Record Club, week ending Friday 28th October. Another week, another PM...but more importantly, another week of musical diversity from the sound systems of the grown up RPM collective. Over to...
"Here's my 3 for the week - flu jab tomorrow and then the clocks go back, so here are some warm sounds to lighten the gloom with best wishes to everyone."
Same Thing Happened To Me by John Prine -
"Dear RPMers, thank goodness we have music to help retain our sanity and divert feelings of hopelessness.
"Hi RPMers, Hope you're all well and enjoying this wonderful Autumn weather. Here are three tracks from LPs I've listened to this week."
"My choices this week include a track from an album I'm a bit undecided about as yet, but I like this particular song; a number from Bruce's forthcoming soul covers album (due out 11th November); and a song by a woman whose name is new to me although she has apparently been trying to make it in Nashville for several years- her new album sees her exploring a broader palette of musical styles than hitherto and was released in the States last week. As yet there is no news of a British release date except as an MP3 download (Sod that for a game of soldiers! On the evidence available on Youtube it's great stuff, so maybe next year?)."
"Best wishes as always."
"Three more form the compilation album library this week."
Attila the Stockbroker- 'The Ballad of Airstrip One' (from 'Not just Mandela' LP released mid 1986. Davy Lamp label)
Basczax - 'Karleearn Photography' (from 'Earcom 2' LP released late 1979. Fast Product label)
Albertos y Lost Trios Paranoias- 'Gobbin' on life' (from 'Heroes and Cowards' LP released Italy mid 1978. Stiff Records label)
"Politics.............. NO!!! not this week. Oh, alright then.............The very person who has raised taxes to a 70 year high is the new PM, possibly supporting a Chancellor who promises to put them even higher!! He warned the previous PM that her plans to borro............. oh, fer Gawds sake! Enough already.......... they'll stick it out now for 18 months, refer back to the last election manifesto and pretend that the last six weeks' carnage was by some other party!!!"
"Hi RPMers, hope you are all well . Here’s my 3 tunes this week."
Rueda De Fuego by Mingo Saldivar -
"Nostalgia week for me, this week, as it's 40 years since I saw my first live bands and I've been playing the albums which they were touring at the time. So here are tracks from the first 3 bands I ever saw..."
Princes of the Night by Saxon - "Early October 1982, Saxon stopped off at the (as was then) Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich in support of their first live album, The Eagle Has Landed, the attendance of which was a bit touch and go. Tickets were bought, but getting my friends and myself there all hinged on my passing my driving test. I failed the first time (Land Rover pulled out in front of me causing me to initiate an unplanned emergency stop...and I stalled the engine!!! A bit harsh, I thought) and the retake was booked for a few days before the day of the gig. Another failure would have scuppered our plans...but second time, luckily I passed, so we did go to the ball! A pretty exciting and VERY loud first ever gig. Here's the Barnsley lad's homage to a steam train."
From Heaven to Hell by Diamond Head - "A few weeks later, in very early November, it was back up the old A47 to the Gaumont to catch Diamond Head on their first major UK tour in support of their Borrowed Time opus. Here's a little something from that first LP."
Choose Your Masques by Hawkwind - "I could not wait to get to this gig! Two days after the Diamond Head trip, the little orange Morris Marina was getting to know its way up the A47. Here's the live version of the title track from the 1982 album."
"So, what do I think of these albums now? I was struck by how strong the Saxon LP still comes across. I haven't listened to it for years, usually choosing studio albums in preference, but what a creative roll the band were riding at this time, for sure. And Diamond Head...? I loved this album when it came out, but I must admit that now, the 80s snare drum sound gets a little wearing plus I just wish vocalist Sean Harris would just shut up for a bit. He seems to have insisted on having his voice layered over everything which is just not needed. Hawkwind's Choose Your Masques I still play and it's a very solid LP....my main bug bear is that a drum machine was used in preference to a live drummer and hence you have to reconcile your ears to that trebly sounding 80s snare again. However, I can forgive this as we have the wonderful lead guitar of Huw Lloyd Langton weaving and soaring spacily throughout. Hearing this album certainly takes me back to that first sweaty, day-glo enhanced gig. Happy daze.
At the end of November at the Barbican in York, Saxon will be appearing in support of their recent Carpe Diem LP...with support from Diamond Head. The circle is unbroken....I shall be there."
'Til Next Time...