Week 2 - Fri. 11th Sept.
Welcome to the second Seven Day Soundtrack, music as selected by RPMers week ending Friday 11th September. This time in order of who poped into the inbox last, it's over to.........
"Here's my 3.........."
I'm Your Man performed by Zodiac Mindwarp - "I’ve been enjoying a bit of Wham! this week and it reminded me of one of my favourite 80’s bands. You’ve all heard Wham! But Possibly not quite the same way I did in 1987😂 "
"Hi all, hope you are all well . Enjoyed your picks last week. Here’s my 3."
All Night Long by Rainbow -
Strange Timez by Gorillaz -
Shoot Shoot by Kaito -
"I saw some of the Baroque Concert at the Proms and one composition was by Vivaldi. My favourite of his is ‘The Four Seasons’. Therefore, I’ve picked that. This is Nigel Kennedy improvising between the individual seasons and showing how he got a lot more people interested in classical music. You can dip in and out of the video. Keep safe and well everybody."
"What an amazing selection of music we had for the first week of the new format. Excellent!! "
Poor Man's Relief by The Kinsey Report - "The Kinsey Report was established in 1984 by brothers Donald, Ralph and Kenneth Kinsey, plus a family friend, Ron Prince. Prior to this, guitarist Donald had worked with Roy Buchanan and Albert King, among others. Peter Tosh was also very impressed with his playing and invited him to join his band. He played on 'Legalize It', 'Bush Doctor' and 'Mama Africa' (my three favourite Peter Tosh albums although I really like 'Equal Rights' as well). Bob Marley also loved Donald's sound and recruited him into The Wailers for the 'Rastaman Vibration' album. The last time I saw The Wailers, guitarist Donald Kinsey had replaced Junior Marvin in the line-up. What a treat! Such a tasteful guitarist.
BTW (1) Back in Week 5 of the Isolation Room I played the title track from 'Mama Africa'.
BTW (2) At our monthly RPM meeting back in February 2016 (Theme: A Sense Of Place) my choice was Peter Tosh doing an amazing cover version of 'Johnny B. Goode'.... Donald Kinsey produced, arranged and played guitar on that little gem."
"Greetings to RPM comrades. As we slide into autumn I have taken time out from gathering blackberries, raspberries and windfalls, and harvesting sweetcorn, squashes and hazelnuts to choose three tracks. This week there is one new track and two old ones, all with female vocals."
The Green Man by Bróna McVittie - ".........from new album The Man in The Mountain."
Roads by Portishead - "........from 1995 album Dummy."
Stolen Car by Beth Orton - "....... from 1999 album Central Reservation."
"For this week 3 random tracks from some albums I pulled from one of the more remote boxes in my collection. Great start to things last week . "
Got My Mo-Jo Working performed by Ann Cole and the Suburbans (from The Best of Baton R'n'B on the UK Flyright Label) - "Here's the track that Muddy Waters liked and recorded but he forgot most of the lyrics and made some of his own up. This version is from 1956 and yet another example of an artist that didn't get the recognition that her talent deserved."
Sixteen Tons performed by Tom Jones - "Would unashamedly like to include a track that was issued by Jones The Voice on his 1967 Decca Album. I dusted it off and played it for the first time in a long time. Saw him in Edinburgh in 1968 supported by Kathy Kirby and he was a real stage presence in those days. Hard to better the version by Tennessee Ernie Ford but this one did."
Poor Elijah by Delaney and Bonnie with Eric Clapton - "A live version of a track on a 1973 album called "Delaney and Bonnie with Eric Clapton"..The song is a tribute to Robert Johnson. As the sleeve notes say, Delaney and Bonnie always found it easy to surround themselves with the very best even though they didn't actually have a band of their own."
"This week I have a few nice calming tunes to provide a soundtrack to our lives as as we find ourselves surfing into autumn on the 'second wave’..............Stay safe all. "
25 Trips by Sierra Hull - "Without question the big number from my week of listening is this absolute Gem from Sierra Hull’s new album 25 trips. I know at least one other person, who agrees with her detractors, who claim that Sierra Hull is 'too technical' a player. I think that what they mean is that what she does doesn’t always conform to what honky, stetson hat wearing, country music fans think that a mandolin player should be playing. Personally I am in awe of her playing and song writing.
Sunset Road by Bela Fleck - "Another masterful player, who, for many years, has faced the same criticism, is Bela Fleck, a banjo player who’s skills are astounding even though he often veers sharply away from his Bluegrass roots. This is Sunset Road, from a man who has long since proved that he can play lightning rolls and scorching lead licks but chooses to play with taste and panache."
Surfer Girl performed by Bill Frisell - "And getting back to my rather 'Stiff’ opening sentence, (which might be scratched into the smooth vinyl next to the play-out groove of 2020), this is another genre breaking maestro. Bill Frisell. If you don’t like surfer pop, call it jazz or country or world music or whatever you like but if you want to hear something that I think is astounding just check out Bill Frisell’s version of Surfer Girl."
"Recently Bill has been performing 'socially distanced’ free gigs in the streets around his home in New York it is worth taking a look at his 'In My Life’ vid on YouTube recorded just last week…. Jayne says I should provide a link… honest!"
"Greetings to all as always, and I trust everyone is keeping safe and well. I received two interesting items in the post today- one is the brand new Trump-era book by Carl Hiassen, who has not lost his knack of coming up with appropriate Dickensian names for his characters (and place names for that matter- a swanky party venue for the obscenely wealthy is called Lipid House and POTUS's Winter White House in Palm Beach is called Casa Bellicosa).
The second item, released only last week, is the new album credited to The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers, so my first choice is a one-day soundtrack..........."
Strange Land by The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers - "...........released last week but recorded at the Dickinson family's home studio in 2007, about two years before Jim Dickinson died following a triple heart by-pass operation. The song features Charlie Musselwhite, who wrote it back in the 1960s on arriving in Chicago. Note the line-up including Jim's sons shown on the album sleeve... note also that it's called "Volume One" and it seems "Volume Two" is on the way.
Chocolate Samurai by Fantastic Negrito - "I make no apologies for now choosing two songs by the same artist, having chosen something from his previous album a few weeks ago. These songs are from his new "Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?" album... a pandemic lock-down title as you will hear from the first song.
How Long? by Fantastic Negrito - "I think this guy is a special talent. Comparisons might be anathema to the artists concerned, but dare I mention Sly Stone? (Well I've done it now). Hopefully without the brain-frying drug intake."
"(How long to the re-introduction of the Isolation Room now I wonder?)........This week a bit of a first for me........... I don't actually possess two of the selections! By way of explanation, I was struck by a track I played at home as to how different it was to the artists usual material, did a bit of 'googling' and saw that there were three other versions (including the original). I've promised myself not to request any 'bonus' tracks (for a couple of weeks at least Tim!!) so here's three of the versions............"
Crumbs Off The Table performed by Dusty Springfield (Taken from Japanese issue of 'See all her faces' entitled 'Dusty', released 1972) - "Consisting of a hodgepodge of tracks recorded for 1969's '... in Memphis' and Dusty's final recordings for Johnny Franz in late 1970. Most critics advise it's best not to view this as an album as such, but a selection of individual tracks. In addition to good covers of Tony Joe Whites ' Willie and Laura Mae Jones', Goffin/Kings 'That old sweet roll' and Jimmy Webbs 'Mixed up girl' is this really out of character 'heavy' rocker 'Crumbs off the table', a cover of a track by US band 'The Glass House'. Not a direction I think Dusty was confident in, but it sure is 'different'............"
Crumbs Off The Table performed by (Sincerely) Antiques- "(direct from YouTube) Here's an early seventies Miami 'disco' band sounding very 'Santana-ish'. A great version by the band who may, or may not actually be called just The Antiques' which would make their album title 'Sincerely' (The) Antiques."
Crumbs Off The Table performed by The Glass House- "(also direct from YouTube) The original version, by Holland Dozier Hollands 'house band' released as the debut single for their new label Invictus. The label is best known here for Freda Payne and Chairmen of the Board, but on this track it's Freda's sister Scherrie and Ty Hunter taking the lead. The band scored several US hits with their first single 'Crumbs....' being the peak at number 59 (No 7 US R&B). When the band folded in 1972 Scherrie joined a late line up of the Supremes and Hunter joined Tamla's The Originals.
"Here's the 3 top tracks that got lodged in my head this week.........."
The Long Way Round by Deep Purple - "I've played a bigger selection of music this week, but Purple are still up there as being the most enjoyable....and this track was starting to get the edge by Thursday."
Son of a Gun by Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons - "Whilst checking the Rawk News on the Planet Rock website, which seems to be a list of gigs and tours postponed 'til 2021, I noted guitarist Phil Campbell's post Motorhead band has a new album due soon...and this is the first single from it. I can't help but imagine Lemmy singing Phil's new songs........especially something like this number with it's crunchy bass intro.....
Keep Us On The Road by Motorhead - "......then not much later that same evening, a few songs in after switching on 6 Music as washing up accompaniment, coincidence stepped in with this song, from the first session Motorhead recorded for John Peel's BBC radio programme in 1978. Consequently, the Live and in Session album had a fair few plays, but Keep Us On The Road has always been a particular favourite.......and the first bass solo I learned to play, to boot.