Week 7 - Fri 18 Feb
Welcome to the RPM Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 18th February 2022. Whipping up a storm this week, and I'm not referring to Eunice, here's some hurricane force sounds; over to....
"Two this week are inspired by hearing other songs and the third because it was Valentines Day."
"Hi RPMers, hope you all got through the stormy day OK. Here’s my 3 for this week."
"Hi Everyone, I hope Eunice hasn't caused you too many problems....keep safe."
Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar -
My Best Friend by The Coral -
Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green -
Bad Penny Blues performed by Humphrey Lyttelton - "From way back when life was in black and white. Humph was slightly surprised that this proved popular and commented "that it got to No. 19 in the top twenty, remained there for 6 weeks and then fell back exhausted". I noticed that this 78 is seen being played on a lovely Garrard 401 transcription turntable. I had the chance to buy one of these in a Norwich bric-a-brac shop a while back - a full set-up of turntable, pickup and plinth but no guarantee that all was ok. It would have been a good buy at £400 if fully operational but an expensive mistake if not so I reluctantly passed. I do have "Nipper" though."
Dimming of the Day performed by Bonnie Raitt and Richard Thompson - "Saw Bonnie perform in Ipswich a while back - awesome. Wish I could have seen her with RT too."
Something To Talk About by Bonnie Raitt - "...But I recall that when I did see her she included this song with her signature slide guitar playing. Her dad was also a fine singer in his day and starred in the 50's hit musical "The Pajama Game" and others. My mum took me to see the UK version starring Max Wall and Edmund Hockridge but my only memory (I would have been aged around 8) was that we were seated up in the gods and it was boiling hot so I just longed for it to be over. Not so with Bonnie."
"Three organ groovers this week (plus the occasional guitar solo too!!!)."
Aw' Mercy by Booker T and the MG's- (from 'R&B with Booker T' EP released August 1963. Atlantic label)
Beware of the Dog by Georgie Fame - (7" single b-side to 'Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde' released 1st December 1966. CBS label)
Fine Jung Thing by The Electric Flag- (from 'The Trip' soundtrack unreleased in UK until 1987. Edsel label)
Bonus Track- "Another sad RIP this week: Ian McDonald. The real founder of King Crimson? Maybe. Ian had struck up a musical partnership with Judy Dyble (late of Fairport Convention) and advertised for musicians. Up stepped the recently formed (and equally recently relocated to London) Giles, Giles and Fripp. Dyble stepped aside for Greg Lake and King Crimson was born and went on to support the Rolling Stones at the legendary 'Stones in the Park' gig before becoming the biggest prog band in the world. McDonald left the band soon after their debut album and recorded the low key 'McDonald and Giles' (Michael) album which featured their version of KC's second album track 'Cadence and Cascade', here entitled 'Flight of the Ibis'. McDonald had 'negotiated' with KC lyricist Pete Sinfield that he could 'keep' the original melody whilst Sinfield and Fripp could adapt the tune and use new lyrics. The album is much more pastoral than KC, but still has several lengthy tracks, as is progs wont. The album sold minimally but McDonald managed to top up his pension by forming multi-platinum sellers Foreigner before leaving to continue his low profile career."
"Stay safe and, if restrictions are lifted in the next two weeks, just when will the promised enquiry into the Tories handling of the pandemic start? I think we should be told!!!"
Edgy Smiles by Michael Rother & Vittoria Maccabruni -
Advantage Points by Chilly Gonzales -
"This week I have gone for three ‘original’ versions of one song and two instrumentals often heard in folk clubs, (all three of which I have performed myself) and which I have heard in the last 7 days."
Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band - "Often 'A Traditional Fiddle Tune', Jay Ungar wrote this classic which I love."
St Annes Reel by Dennis Pitre - "And finally Original? Well one of the earliest recordings that I heard, of the tune ‘St Annes Reel’, (which I have variously heard described as from Shetland, The Appalachians, Upper New York State and of course Ireland). Very few times have I heard it attributed correctly as Canadian.
In the Canadian Maritime Province on the eastern most reaches of the St. Lawrence, on the North side of Eastern Prince Edward Island, There is a town, called ‘St Annes’ which Sits on St Annes Bay. One of the odd things about PEI is that it was very remote and until the second world war, almost entirely practically self sufficient. There were two distinct communities on the Island. In the West were the Francophones of French derivation, and in the East A Scottish community which leaned heavily on Gaelic for communication. Each was insular and, due to the landscape, there was little socialising between the two. In theory they had a common language, English, but, apparently, neither chose to use it! As a result, two quite different styles of Fiddle playing developed, one from the East of the Island and the other from the West. St Annes Reel is part of what was traditionally party of the Eastern Hibernian fiddlers repertoire. This version of the tune is played by a French Fiddler, from the West. That is odd too!
"Tunes this week were thought of whilst laying some hedging at Manor Vale ancient woodland in Kirkbymoorside with the environmental group. Here's the finished hedge...."
The Hole in the Hedge / Seamus Cooley's / Kerfunken Jig performed by The Tulla Ceili Band - "No holes in our hedge, mate. Super set of tunes from one of the best ceili bands in Ireland, hailing from county Clare. They get such great "lift" to their playing."
Oak by Spell Song Singers and Robert Macfarlane - "The hedge was mostly Hawthorn; my favourite. Although behind us in the wood there was a lot of Oak and also Hazel."
'Til Next Time...