Week 48 - Fri 2 Dec
Welcome to the RPM Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 2nd December 2022. This edition was compiled as submissions were received, sooooo......over to...
"Ooooops!!!! First up, it looks like the photo last week of Elvis at the piano featured the wrong instrument. According to the credits, the photo was taken at the opening of the Katz Drug Store on September 8th 1954.......... but just why there's a piano in a drug store seems a mystery to me. Oh well, not my first blooper!!!!
SOB- 'Albert' (unreleased? This from bonus CD with Martin Lilleker and John Firminger's book 'Not Like a Proper Job: The Story of Popular Music in Sheffield 1955-1975 as Told by Those Who Made it' published May 2001. Publisher Juma Ltd)
Blue Oyster Cult- 'I'm on the lamb (but I ain't no sheep)' (from 'The Music People' triple album, released 1972. CBS label. Initially released on 'Blue Oyster Cult' LP released January 16th 1972)
Slade - 'The Shape Of Things To Come' (from 'Bombers' double LP released 1971. Polydor label. Initially released on 'Play it loud' LP released 6th March1970. Fontana label)
"Another wonderful singer/ songwriter has died this week. There is a wealth of her talent left behind for us to still enjoy , thank goodness. "
Songbird by Fleetwood Mac (live @ O2 London 2013) - "This was one of the tour dates that Christine McVie played on her return to the Band. I was there for my first ever live Fleetwood Mac show. It was an amazing night and it ended with this rendition. I’m so glad to see it on YouTube."
"Hi Everyone, Here are my three for this week..."
Going Back Home Wilco Johnson and Roger Daltrey - "You said there's nothing to add to Jackie's selections last week but nevertheless I'd like to embellish her selection of WilKo and Roger doing 'Going Back Home' by revisiting a version I've picked before because I love it."
"And here's my two choices to mark the sad passing of a huge presence in one of the greatest bands of last century. I never got to see Christine perform with the band but she was in the audience the second time I saw them. She deserves all the accolades that have come her way. I watched 'Songbird' and 'The Dance' yesterday evening on't telly which reminded me what a vital part of FMc's success she really was. "
One In A Million Steve Winwood and Christine McVie -
Love Shines Christine McVie with remnants of Fleetwood Mac
"Hi RPMers, the year is slipping away !! Here’s my 3 this week." .
I hope everyone has their mitts and wooly scarves at the ready, I am tiring of the grey skies, dark evenings and the chill in the air already, and it isn't even February yet!
As is often the case at this time of year, I react against these late autumn days either by digging out lots of Western Swing or proper perky music from the classic Dixieland Jazz bands.
By the time that The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded, and turned on the taps to release the tidal wave of Jazz onto the world's ears, Storyville had long been closed and many of the musicians who had made their livings in the hugely prosperous red light district were forced out of New Orleans. Most joined the great northward diaspora. (Though some headed to the West Coast and produced some really interesting music).
As a result two major new forms of 'Dixie' evolved. They are distinct stylistically, (There were Pianos in Chicago bands due in some large part to Lil Armstrong's input into Louis' band, whereas the NY style remained closer in some ways to the marching style of NO) but a hundred years on I can say that they were effectively interchangeable. (I hope there are no jazz zealots ready to hunt me down for having made that potentially sacriligeous statement!)
I lean towards the belief that the Chicago bands had 'hotter' tendencies but at the moment my liking is for the the cooler bands operating out of New York! This year as the weather has changed along with a heaping helping of the Sourcrust Dough Boys, I have been listening to lots of 'early' jazz from the ever groovy east including Bix (from Iowa but essentially a NY jazzer by 1926) and Tram, Hoagy Carmichael with Bix and Bing, and of course it goes without saying Miff Mole...
Oh alright it is all subjective but...."
"A wide musical mix this week...."
Kapital by Gong - "Starting where I left off last week as Gong were on a double bill with Ozric Tentacles. Here's a short one encapsulating their psychedelic off-beatness in a mere 4mins 22secs..."
The Ballydesmond Polkas performed by Kevin Burke - "These tunes have turned up at the session in York a few times recently; trouble is, folks there don't seem to know which one is #1, #2 or #3. Keven Burke plays them here in numerical order...so next time I can hopefully settle any confusion!"
'Til Next Time...