Week 18 - Fri 30 Apr
Welcome to the RPM Record Club Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 30th April. Flick that switch, turn that dial and luxuriate for a few hours in the wash of glorious sound emanating from your speakers brought to you by................
"Good news - I’ve had my second vaccination! Not so good news- I had a freak off balance moment on my garage drive...........Now you will understand my theme this week. It’s black and blue like my bruises. Keep safe everyone. Cheers"
"Here's my 3....."
Holy Ground by Wolfstone - "Walking Tessy Dog, I pass a sign everyday in the church yard at the rear of the house which tells me this is holy ground........makes me think of this song every time."
"Well done for spreading the word re: Jimmie Vaughan and the Thunderbirds......heavy rain and hail for us this morning but the music won't mind. I've had a mad week spent buying even more cheap 45's at a car boot and also an indoor market. The car boot ones were mainly American - ok but tatty sleeves. The ones from the indoor market in much better condition and mostly in the correct sleeves all at 50p a pop but unfortunately covered in gummy stickers which I've spent all week surgically removing. Standout purchases were a Marvin Gaye EP "Originals from..." and a withdrawn version of the Small Faces' single "My Minds Eye".
"Hi Everyone, hope you're keeping fit and well. Here's three that have graced the turntable this week...."
"Hi RPMers, hope you are all well . Enjoying your tunes here’s my 3."
"Following on from the other week, three more from my 1971 purchases....."
"Two oldies and a newbie, this week........"
The New St George by Richard Thompson - "From RT's first LP, Starring as Henry the Human Fly.....they don't make titles like that anymore.....it was 1972, remember? Even though a fair few years have passed, the lyrics still remain relevant, especially with the fresh round of shenanigans from Mr Johnson this week. Will probably be having more RT in the forthcoming weeks as I've just finished reading his book Beeswing: Fairport, Folk Rock and Finding My Voice 1967-75, so intend to dig out the releases from the years covered by the memoir."
Fire at Static Valley by God Speed You Black Emperor - " New album At States End is the expansive, aurally cinematic musical landscape of the past 13 months..........not the jolliest tunes around, therefore, but deeply atmospheric......and I can't stop listening to this track in particular."
See Emily Play by Pink Floyd - "It's brilliant! Our new abode is 2 mins walk from the community run library where I found, straight off, two recent novels I've been wanting to read right there on the shelves. One of those books is Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell, of which I'm about half way through. It's the tale of the rise and (I suspect, tragic / messy) fall of a late 60s rock band, the title referencing Utopia Avenue, in fact. The book had a mixed response when it was published but I think it's great. The characters are fully formed and believable, the descriptions and attention to detail are evocative of the places in which the story is set (mostly late 60s London but there is also Gravesend and Ely) and Mitchell manages to intertwine musos of the period into the tale as well; Sandy Denny, Brian Jones, David Bowie, Mark Bolan and Pink Floyd for example. See Emily Play has been running through my head as the perpetual soundtrack of this book, especially the really cool initial bass line set against the keyboard, which is genius, in my view."