Week 42 - Fri 15 Oct
Welcome to the RPM Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 15th October 2021...with an advance warning: Morra is back!!...but with no (gratuitous) swearing........let's get going. Over to...
"Hello RPMers...Here are three tunes my ears have had the good fortune to be in the vicinity of in the past seven days."
Everdance by Curved Air - "I saw Curved Air twice at Norwich St. Andrews Hall in the early Seventies and again a couple of years ago at The Waterfront Studio - excellent every time. They also appeared at The Weeley Festival in 1971 but, even though I was there, I don't remember seeing them. They're still going strong and if you're not doing anything on the 22nd of March next year, you can pop over to Rio de Janeiro and see them there!"
What's Going On by Marvin Gaye - "Timeless, moving and relevant."
Wooden Ships/Dhama for One by The Ides Of March - "Mash-Up or Medley? Who cares when the source material comes from Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jethro Tull. And, for trivia fans, both original versions come from the debut albums of the bands in question and in each case they were Track One, Side Two. Now, where did I put my anorak....?"
Jumpin' At Shadows by Duster Bennett -
Home by Jerry Lee Lewis -
Travelling Soldier by The Dixie Chicks -
"This week I mentioned to a friend that Jayne and I have had a fairly impressive harvest of chillies this year, including Ghost Chillies which are weird. They taste nice and sweet; the burn only hits after a minute or two. I also mentioned that, almost every day I have a burrito for breakfast. The combined contents vary; avocado, tomato, mushrooms, but very rarely do I have beans in it but always cheese, chilli and chipotle paste. From her reaction I think that she was horrified by the concept…
You may find this equally horrifying."
"I was reminded recently of the oeuvre of Ernie Ford. I first came across his music in the late 1950s via a ten inch, Microgroove, Long Player which included ’16 tons’ Dark as a Dungeon, Chicken Road, amongst it’s tracks) that came second hand from a stall on Southend’s ‘York Road Market’. What I hadn’t realised until recently was that that TEF had an earlier career playing up beat boogie, and western swing, which was hugely influential to younger rockabilly players. He included these two rather whizzy players (who were influential in their own right) in his backing band…"
"And something rather groovy…"
"Oh you are aweful...my 3."
"Hi ya all, hope you have had a fulfilling week of music listening. Here’s my 3."
"I first saw The Waterboys about 15 years ago and it is one of my most memorable gigs. We saw them in York last week and they are still an excellent live band; Mike Scott always puts on a great show.
So here's my Waterboys extravaganza plus a bonus."
"Three familiar names from the Watson vinyl vaults, with two of the tracks that will (hopefully) not be quite so familiar. Hall and Palmer are/ were blessed with excellent voices whilst Dennis Wilson, probably thanks to his 'extravagant' lifestyle, had developed a vocal style akin to Tom Waits and early solo Lennon. Enjoy..."
Johnny and Mary by Robert Palmer - (12" single released August 1980. Island label. Taken from 'Clues' album.)
Something in 4/4 Time by Daryl Hall - (taken from 'Sacred Songs' album released March 1980. RCA label)
Dreamer by Dennis Wilson - (from 'Pacific Ocean Blue' album released 22nd August 1977. Caribou Records)
"Hi RPM people, coming to you this week from the far north of GB….I hope everyone's having as much fun as you can."
"So, Jackie got the Waterboys covered "big time", and it was great to be at a proper concert again...what else have I listened to this week? Well, looking back, it's been Motorhead, American "old time" and The Alabama 3...so that's what your gonna get. Here's my 3 faves from the last week."
In The Name of Tragedy by Motorhead - "Continuing my delve into Motorhead's albums from the 2000s, and in retrospect, Inferno (2004) stands out as a high point from that first decade of the new millennium. A very strong set of songs and the band are soooo tight. Could have chosen any of three or four numbers, but this one sneaks it, just because Mickey Dee's double bass drum work is so jaw dropping. Here's a live version at the 2006 Wacken Festival...which sounds pretty much like the studio LP version, in fact. It was always a case of what you see is what you get with Lemmy and crew. If you don't even slightly nod your head to this one, I suggest you see a doctor....sorry, forgot; no chance at the moment, is there? I'd therefore prescribe a dose of Motorhead three times a day, commencing forthwith."
Logan County Blues performed by The Freight Hoppers - "One of the best resurgent, new "old time" bands from the 90s, in my view. If this floats your boat, you will need their album Where'd You Come From, Where'd You Go?...simple as."
Bonus Track -
"Lost a true Irish trad music legend this week...Morra's already paid tribute with a Chieftains track, but here's the man himself, solo on the humble penny whistle. I doubt Irish traditional music would be where it is today without Paddy Maloney."
...'Til Next Time...