Week 21 - Fri 21 May
Welcome to the RPM Record Club Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 21st May 2021. Here's more RPMer chosen sounds to soothe the troubled breast...........
"Hi RPMers..........Not quite the merry month of May but at least we've got lots of great tunes!! Here's a trio of songs from albums I've listened to this week. Coincidentally, they're all artists that would be in my 'Most Memorable Gigs' list. (John Martyn at UEA, Eddie and the Hot Rods at The Lyceum, Sinead O'Connor at Cambridge Corn Exchange). Memorable for all the right reasons, of course....."
"Here are my 3 for the week before we make a beeline for the Isle of Wight in our motorhome. My selections this week were inspired by a track I found lurking on the 'B' side of a Stephen Bishop single, "It Might Be You" which was used as the theme for the film "Tootsie". Two of them are from my 'come in handy' list which have a bluesy title, the third is an alternative number written by the composer who inspired me and I'm adding the 'B' side track itself as my self-claimed bonus track which seems to be all the rage at the moment."
Bonus Track -
Metamorphosis Blues (It Might Be You) by Dave Grusin - "The inspiration for my theme this week which I found on a US pressing which I was given with around 50 other singles when I bought some car boot 78's recently. It's taken me a while to get through them and I have humanely disposed of the few Ken Dodd and Ronnie Hilton singles among them - technically good singers but just not enough room for me to keep them plus I've never forgiven Ken for keeping me prisoner in the Theatre Royal for several hours one night when I went to be tickled."
"Things have been a lot more like usual this last week and I have started the Zumba class again. It did make everyone in the hall feel as though they were well on their way to normal. Therefore, it’s the wide variety of Zumba music for your delight this week. Take care everyone and keep safe. Cheers "
"A band I didn't mention in last week's discourse on the Eno tracks was Wire, perhaps the one band who carried the flag (sic) for some of the methods Eno utilised without attempting to let those methods influence their recorded output. Lead singer Colin Newman had crossed paths with Eno whilst 'car-sharing' on his way to lectures at Winchester Art College in the mid seventies. Eno had attended the college a few years earlier and many of the lecturers were still in attendance but were disparaging in their memories of Brian's working methods at that time, merely reflecting 'Oh him..... there was always this girl and a baby hanging around....' but, despite this, he regularly returned to give lectures about his working methods (usually around the time he had a record release!). Newman was regularly given a lift by Hansjorg Mayer, his second year course leader, and on occasion, Mayer would also ferry (see what I did there?) confirmed non-driver Eno and his associate Peter Schmidt to college. It was during these journeys that Newman would glean an in depth, informal insight not given to the student audience at the lecture and, as a result, when Newman formed Wire, Eno took on a 'patriarchal' attachment to the band. However, Newman turned down an offer from Brian to produce the band in 1980 and, after Newman had produced the debut album by the Virgin Prunes, he passed on an offer to produce an album by some of that band's friends called U2, a band Brian would then take to mega-stardom a couple of years later. Between his car sharing with Brian and his production work, Newman formed perhaps the most 'iconic' UK punk band of the seventies who were quickly signed by Harvest after their 'minimalistic' 'I,2 X U' was featured on the early punk compilation album 'Live at the Roxy'. Within months they released their debut album and, for my first choice, here's the stunning title track...."
"Hi RPMers, hope you are all well . Here’s my 3........"
"Tenth of May was Lee Brilleaux's birthday. So here's some slightly late Dr Feelgood to remind us how brilliant they were."
"Bob Dylan is 80 on Monday (24th May), so a bit of a Dylan music retrospective has gone on this week, ably assisted by It Ain't Me You're Looking For: Bob Dylan at 80 on BBC Radio 4. Here's the programme link for later in case you missed it..........
Anyway; where to start with a body of work as epic in size as Dylan's? Without thinking about it too much, just going with 3 tracks that impressed me the most and have stuck with me over the years."
Visions of Johanna by Bob Dylan (live 1966) - "The acoustic version of Visions of Jahanna that Dylan performed live at his concerts in 1966 is the definitive for me...spine tingling, in fact....much better than the studio Blonde On Blonde recording. I was trying to find the version from the Bootleg Series Vol. 4, Manchester Free Trade Hall concert, but it's eluded me so here's the Sheffield version.....which annoyingly stops before our Bob reaches the songs conclusion........but you'll get the idea, I'm sure."
Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan - "What other song can one identify by just one snare drum hit? According to Bruce Springsteen it was the ".......snare shot that sounded like somebody kicked open the door to your mind". Is this the best rock song ever...?....probably. Discuss."
'Til next time...........