Week 4 -Fri 22 Jan
At the end of a week which hopefully sees the return of thoughtful consideration and common sense across the "pond", welcome to another RPM Seven Day Soundtrack, not only a beacon of common sense for the discerning listener, but also the place to discover thoughtfully considered musical choices, of course. And all without the need for twitter. So, make a brew, pour a beer and on her birthday, it's over to........
"Here's some favourite songs..."
"As I have previously explained, I have become telly addicted. For the big event on the Telly this week…. I was hoping that the Marine band would at least play the John Phillip Souza march which I now only know as, ‘Nelly The Cripple’. Sadly I have been unable to remember what it is really called, ever since the early 1980s when I was introduced to it by that title, when serenaded with the ‘Rugby Song’ version by my dear wife. I just flipped through the intros to about 30 JPS marches on Youtube in the hope of finding it for you all, but I was to be disappointed! All a bit frustrating and they didn’t play it at the inauguration anyway! So I can’t include it !!! If anybody does know what it is really called - please let me know. We’ll have to have this instead…. "
"Despite never being one to cut a long story any shorter…. Back to my telly watching as detailed… On Saturday evenings, after my all time favourite Police procedural, ‘Spiral’ or (Engranages, in its original French), the BBC have been showing a documentary series. A cultural guide to ‘Paris’ on which there was a brief glimpse of ‘Origin of the World’, a painting by Gustave Corbet. Even though it was painted 150 years ago, and despite it having been on public display, where it now hangs, in the Musee D’Orsay, since the 1980s, the image is still considered controversial. (Well done Gustave!). Having heard Andy Cutting perform the tune entitled ‘Origin of the World’, (Which I can’t believe is a coincidence), on the Pier at Cromer, I was searching for his version, when I came across this lovely duet."
"Hi Everyone, I hope you're all keeping safe and well. Here's a sample of some of the music I've been listening to this week."
"Phil Spector: I could have picked almost anything Spector produced between 1960 and 1966 and I've actually omitted two of my absolute favorites', The Paris Sisters 'I love how you love me' and, as a performer, The Teddy Bears 'Don't you worry my little pet'. Those chosen represent, to me, the absolute apogee of Spector's 'girl group' recordings.... but let's not forget his short lived but phenomenal work with the Righteous Brothers on the male front. His work in the early seventies for the A&M label hinted at a return to form but his (re) recordings with the Beatles, Lennon and Harrison had fans and critics divided (not to mention McCartney!!!). And what about the now critically re-appraised albums with Cohen and Dion amongst others? I'll let others decide!!! Here's my three.... Let's remember his genius alongside his faults (many!!) but try and forget the wigs!!!
("And speaking of the Stones, John... I have all the singles, EP's and albums 64-70, but just a couple of each outside of that period. All too similar sounding, for me, once Brian Jones was ousted.")
Secret by The Pierces -
"Hi RPM lovelies, I trust that you are keeping safe and sane. I’ve been revisiting ‘Our Friends In the North’ which brought to mind these three tracks."
"Here’s my choices on a theme of ‘songs for different aspects in a love affair’. Keep well RPMers and for those of you – like me - in the ‘elderly’ group (Not my words) I hope you get your vaccine soon. Keep playing the music no matter what."
"Hi RPMers.......hope all is well . Here’s my 3 of the week."