Week 15 - Fri 9 Apr
Welcome once again to the RPM Seven Day Soundtrack.....this week, again, in order of arrival into the inbox. Over to..............
"I thought I'd submit my choices early this week, because I feel that I owe an apology. You see, last Saturday morning my sixth sense detected a cry of anguish or possibly disgust coming from several miles away through the ether. It was along the lines of "WHAT ABOUT THE STONES YOU ****** FOOL!" I can only assume that this was a reaction to my assertion regarding The Allmans and Led Zep. (Was it you Alan?). Therefore I think by way of partial reparation for this offence I must offer as my first selection for 1972 a number from Exile On Main Street. Hoping that everyone is staying safe and well."
"This week it's three songs, all different, but sharing the same title and subject matter (probably)....... that 'heaven and hell drug' as it was known or, more correctly, LSD25. Keep safe everyone and keep the music flowing."
Baby by Wasted Youth -
"The Darts League is on this week and I thought I’d pick walk on music for some of the players.....Keep well everyone."
"Hi RPMers. Here are my three for this week....."
"Hi everyone, hope you all had a good Easter!! Here’s my 3."
"I do hope that everyone is comfortable, well, and happy. In these days of medical emergency, perhaps this is in bad taste but seemed appropriate......."
"This week, there has been quite a lot of variety in my listening, as well as a couple of tracks inspired by former posts from you lot.........there is something pretty...."
"Stay cool all!"
"This week, I've been reacquainting myself with the solo output of one of my favourite guitarists, Huw Lloyd Langton, caused by two events; firstly, our move and secondly, spotting an interesting Youtube guitar link...........things just evolved onwards from there."
On The Move by Huw Lloyd Langton - "I intended to have this track in a theme based around moving when we.....well; moved. But that seemed to change into my Elsing live music retrospective and then the North Country focus the week after that. This track found originally on Huw's second solo LP, Like An Arrow, released in 1986, is one of a number of what I would call "space jig" instrumentals that he composed over the years. This, however, is the re-recorded version from his 1997 On The Move album.......the drums are recorded much better than on Like An Arrow, plus he has evolved the lead guitar parts into something more fully realised and satisfying, whereas the original in comparison sounds more like a demo."
Got Your Number by Huw Lloyd Langton - "What started me off on my HLL trip this week was spotting a Youtube link to The Weirdest Guitar Lick I Know. This turns out to be a run of notes that our Huw certainly made into a signature lick and that would often feature in his live improvised solos in particular. I have never heard any other guitarist use this lick, although Cameron our Youtuber also notes that American guitarist (with Ozzy Osbourne, amongst others) Jake E Lee has used it.....something I now obviously need to check out. (I'm expecting Alan to now tell me of half a dozen other examples from the 60s, as well. 😉) Huw's musical CV included 70s rockers Widowmaker and Leo Sayer's touring band, but it is Hawkwind that most of his fans see as his musically spiritual home, and it is into their long improvised passages that a lick like this sits perfectly. It first grabbed my attention on the song Motorway City (as it did young Cameron's) found on the 1980 Levitation album, and Huw continued to use it throughout his second stint (he's on the 1st HW LP but left straight after, rejoining in 1979) with the band up until his departure in 1988-89. Got Your Number was a song written by Huw and performed in the early 80s by Hawkwind, but never recorded onto a HW LP. Instead it found it's way onto the Night Air LP, Huw's first solo outing in 1985. It's always been a favourite Huw song of mine and is still worryingly relevant today as we seem to be heading into a more state controlled society than even seemed possible under Thatcher. Oh......almost forgot; check out the weirdest guitar lick at around 3 mins 18 secs.........is that cool, or what?! This version is also from the On The Move album....although the original '85 recording is my personal favourite, it (annoyingly) doesn't feature the lick which he would invariably include when played live."
"..........til next time......"