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Friday, 17 November 2017

True Faith


The most recent edition of Mojo has really come up trumps with their monthly cover Cd.
Entitled True Faith it consists of 15  tracks of soul-stirring gospel, country and blues.(here)

A fair proportion of gospel giants feature and I reserve the right to revisit this at a later date and feature some of them probably on the Sunday slot.
Initially I have been grabbed by the two songs below
The first track is a rehearsal version of Slow Train by Bob Dylan which features horns. A terrific version available on Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol 13 (1979 -1981)
I only have Volume 4 Bob Dylan Live 1966 : The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert.
I should probably  get more.

I've not heard much stuff by Odetta but what I have heard has been top quality. This traditional gospel song from 1960 is no exception

Bob Dylan - Slow Train (Rehearsal)

Odetta - Go Tell It On The Mountain

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Bridges Not Walls


As the British Government debates the EU Withdrawal Bill I can't get Billy Bragg's new single Full English Brexit out of my head.
I first heard it when Walter posted it a couple of weeks ago and I immediately ordered up Bridges Not Walls - a CD featuring Billy's last 6 singles.
Powerful songs of protest but sadly too few are listening. Buy it and don't be one of them
A country which voted to Leave after having been told a pack of lies and fed xenophobic hatred by a bunch of public school boys reenacting a playground spat.
Truly an Accident Waiting to Happen

Billy Bragg - Accident Waiting to Happen


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Don't Believe The Hype


The Strokes were one of those bands who emerged surfing a sea of hype.
In 2001 in the run up to their debut album Is This It they were all over the mainstream press and media as well as the music press
It was met with 4 or 5 star reviews and entered the charts at number 2. Unbelievably in 2009 NME ranked it as best record of the 2000's.
I had a burn of it on the shelves and recently spent 50p to upgrade it.I think I probably enjoyed it much more at the time than I do now.
Maybe an age thing or perhaps like similar hyped bands The Fratellis and Razorlight their music does not appear to have lasted the tests of time.
Still it was probably worth the 50p for Last Nite if nothing else.

The Strokes - Last Night

The Strokes - New York City Cops




Tuesday, 14 November 2017

She's The One That Keeps The Dream Alive


Us bloggers are occasionally guilty of ignoring an artist's greatest hits and focusing on some of their lesser known numbers.
I'm as guilty as the next man or woman given that I have featured Cornershop on more than one occasion but never with their biggest hit and their only number 1 Brimful of Asha.
A song based on the history of Indian film culture namechecking Asha Boshle a playback singer in countless Hindi films.
It originally only reached number 60 in the UK charts in 1997 before reaching number one in February 1998 with a remixed version by Norman Cook.
I've had the album version from When I Was Born for the 7th Time since it's 1997 release picking up the above CD single version some years later.

Cornershop - Brimful of Asha

Cornershop - Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix Single Version)

Monday, 13 November 2017

More Revery


More Revery is a 6 track EP released by Will Oldham under his Bonny Billy nom de plume in 2001 on the Temporary Relevance label.
It is covers of songs by John Phillips, PJ Harvey, Bill Withers, The Renderers, John Holt and Tim McGraw
It was originally released in 2000 as Volume 7 of the Travels in Constants subscription series and was  recorded live at the Palais du Congres in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
This is the re-issue with different song mixes and the crowd noise removed.
You are getting Bill Withers and New Zealand band The Renderers

Bonny Billy - Some Love That Made Me Laugh

Bonny Billy - A Dream of the Sea

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Tamla Motown Connoisseurs


Last Saturday I popped into by local charity shop and came away with two Tamla Motown compilations.
40 tracks for a pound - outstanding value.
Today we will concentrate on Tamla Motown Connoisseurs (2001) - 20 in-demand tracks most of which have never featured on CD before.
I've gone for two female artists whom I have never featured before.
First up is a 1966 recut of the Frank Wilson classic Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Motown's queen of blue-eyed soul Chris Clark recorded four months after the original
She cut two albums between 1967 and 1969  (Soul Sounds and CC Rides Again)and was the secret mistress of  Berry Gordy.
She wrote the screenplay for the Diana Ross picture Lady Sings the Blues and received an Academy Award nomination and became an executive for Motown Film and TV.

Brenda Holloway first recorded for Motown in 1964 at the age of 17. She left Motown in 1968 due to her
 disillusionment with Motown and with her management, and her fear of being drawn into a lifestyle which conflicted with her religious convictions
This song is from 1965 written by Robert Staunton and produced by Berry Gourdy

Second instalment next Sunday

Chris Clark - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

Brenda Holloway - Tell Me Your Story

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Covered By Cash - Personal Jesus


A second win on the bounce for JC last week albeit by the narrowest of margins over Elvis Costello with his version of The Big Light.
So we are back to even stevens with the score being Cash 2 The Rest 2 .

Back to the American Recordings series and American IV: The Man Comes Around  again with one of his most iconic covers from the series. Probably second only to Hurt.
Good though the Depeche Mode original of Personal Jesus is there is clearly only one winner this week. Given his well known Christian faith Johnny sings this with utter conviction and sounds as if he really means it
He really does reach out and touch faith and makes it his own.
I see this has also been covered by Marilyn Manson. Fortunately I've never heard his version and I hope that is still the case by the time I to go to my grave.

The easiest yet for me this week. It's Cash for me.I suspect it may well even by unanimous.
Others, of course, may choose to disagree. But they will be wrong there.

Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus

Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Saints Are Coming


Some Antipodean punk rock to round off your week? Right you are.
Released in February 1977 (I'm) Stranded by Brisbane band The Saints is probably the best known punk album to emerge from the Southern Hemisphere.
The single of the same name  from September 1976 was declared by Sounds to be Single of the week and every week so it is only fair that it is featured below.
Named as one of the top 30 Australian songs of all time with the album being listed as the 20th greatest Australian album.
Don't you just love such lists? Perfect for starting many a pub argument.

They are still on the go but lead singer and also later guitarist Chris Bailey remains the only ever present having had 36 fellow band members over the years. Australia's answer to Mark E. Smith perhaps?

The Saints - (I'm) Stranded

The Saints - Erotic Neurotic

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Floored Genius


The Arch Druid has graced these pages on a few occasions and almost certainly will do so so again.
 A couple today  from Floored Genius - The Best of Julian Cope and the Teardrop Explodes 1979-91 released on Island in 1992
Among his many compilations released since there have been a further 3 Floored Genius albums:
1993 Floored Genius 2 – Best of the BBC Sessions 1983–91 
2000 Floored Genius 3 – Julian Cope's Oddicon of Lost Rarities & Versions 1978–98 
2009 Floored Genius 4 – The Best of Foreign Radio, Rare TV Appearances, Festival Songs & Miscellaneous Lost Classics 1983–2009 
He's nothing if not eclectic
There are 4 phases to the record:
Phase 1 with the Teardrop Explodes November 1978 - November 1982
Phase 2  June 1983 - March 1985.  -An Elegant Chaos from the 1984 album World Shut Your Mouth is from this phase
Phase 3 September 1985-October 1988
Phase 4 April 1989 - March 1991 from where Beautiful Love from the 1991 album Peggy Suicide is taken.
The other 18 songs on the album are just as good

A national treasure

Julian Cope - An Elegant Chaos

Julian Cope - Beautiful Love

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A Band I Really Thought Would Make It


I'm sure we can all come up with examples of bands that we really thought would make it but didn't.
Then we compare them to some who did and shake our heads in disbelief and proclaim that life is just not fair.
One such band for me were Whiteout a Greenock band who I got into around 1995.
Signed to the Silvertone label I got their album Bite It, the CD single of Starr Club and the 12 inch single of the single Jackie's Racing.
They flirted with the upper echelons of the charts with Bite Out making it to number  71in the album charts Starr Club to number 80, Jackie's Racing to 72 and two other singles No Time and Detroit making it to number 83 and 73 respectively.
Close but no cigar. Which is a great shame as they made some wonderful jingly jangly melodic guitar music in the style of Teenage Fanclub.
Here are the tracks on the Jackie's Racing single

Whiteout - Jackie's Racing

Whiteout - Cousin Jane

Whiteout - So Confused

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Horse Whisperer


I have never seen Robert Redford's 1998 film The Horse Whisperer nor have I any desire so to do.
Therefore I was presently surprised at the quality of the Original Soundtrack brought home from a charity shop excursion by Mrs CC.
Executively produced by Mr Redford himself it could have been lifted straight from the Americana section in the muso room given that it features the likes of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch . Hell there is even the rarity of a good post 1995 song by Dwight Yoakam!
The only artists on it who don't grace the shelves are Don  WalserDon Edwards and George Strait. 9 out of 12 ain't bad.

A pleasant surprise

The Flatlanders - South Wind of Summer

Iris DeMent -Whispering Pines

Monday, 6 November 2017

Searching For The Young Soul Rebels


I stuck on Searching For The Young Soul Rebels the other night for the first time in ages. I'd forgotten just how good it is. One of the best debut albums out there.Scarily now 37 years old so look out for the deluxe 40th anniversary issue in 2020.
It got me wondering how many times Dexys have featured previously on these pages. To my shock and embarrassment the answer was once with a compare and contrast with Chuck Woods for their versions of Seven Days Too Long.
Geno would have featured on my short lived namechecking series if I had anything by Geno Washington which I don't.

Dexys Midnight Runners - Burn It Down

Dexys Midnight Runners -Tell Me When my Light Turns Green

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Invergordon Ibrahim


A holiday purchase which slipped the net and one which could only really feature on the Sunday morning slot.

The Easter Ross town of Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth enjoyed a period of boom time  in the 70's with the development of an oil rig fabrication yard at nearby Nigg Bay.
It is much quieter now and has resorted back to a pleasant sleepy backwater.
I got to the charity shop 10 minutes before closing and came away with Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrar for 75 pence.
Well known in his home country Cuba he shot to international fame at the age of 70 as part of the Ry Cooder produced Buena Vista Social Club project,
This his 1997 solo album received a Latin Grammy for best new artist (at 72!) He won a Grammy in 2004 but was not allowed to enter the enlightened country that is the US of A to collect it.
Unfortunately he died in 2005 so only got to enjoy his fame for a relatively short period of time.

Ibrahim Ferrer - Mami Me Gusto

Ibrahim Ferrer - Silencio

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Covered By Cash - The Big Light


At last the Man in Black is finally on the score sheet - but only just.
 Johnny beats the Eagles by the narrowest of margins by 6 votes to 5 (7 if you count Mrs CC)
Swiss Adam even tried to vote twice. Sorry Adam, OMOV applies here.
So the score is now Johnny 1 The Rest 2

This week we have a cover offed up by the original surfer of the zeitgeist Ernie Goggins from the ever eclectic 27 Leggies blog and it is one that I am not familiar with.
I'm familiar enough with the original version by Elvis Costello from his wonderful 1986 album King of America(Credited to The Costello Show).
Johnny's version is from the year after and from an album called Johnny Cash is Coming to Town. Bang in the middle of the wilderness years before his career was rescued by Rick Rubin and the American Recordings series.
Nevertheless Ernie plumps for Johnny as in his opinion Johnny romps home what with the horns and assorted Carters on backing vocals
And who am I to argue with the great man.

Others,of course, may choose to disagree

Johnny Cash - The Big Light

Elvis Costello - The Big Light

Friday, 3 November 2017

5.6.7.8.


Yesterday Scottish political folk, today female Japanese rockabilly - CCM catering for all tastes (and none!)
From TokyoThe 5.6.7.8's started out as a foursome before graduating to a trio.
Their main and probably only claim to fame is a brief appearance on Tarantino's 2003 film Kill Bill Volume 1.
In case you were wondering they currently  consist of Yoshiko "Ronnie" Fujiyama, Sashiko Fujji and Akiko Omo. I couldn't be 100% sure that this is the line up for these songs although the Fujiyama sisters definitely feature.
These songs are taken from Bomb the Rock - Early Day Singles released in 2003 probably on the back of Kill Bill. One of my brother's in case you hadn't guessed.

I'm not sure whether Mr Lee is a tribute to Bruce. I am sure that it is completely bonkers.

The 5.6.7.8's -Woo Woo

The 5.6.7..8's - Dream Boy

The 5.6.7.8's - Mr Lee

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Gaughan Live! - At The Trades Club


A wee bit stuck for inspiration now that the holiday and post holiday purchases have been exhausted and then I came up with this.
I finally got round to taking Gaughan Live! at the Trades Club out of the library.
I've seen it there for years , thought about it but never got round to it. Now I am about the 6th person in as many years to take it out and am kicking myself for not having done so earlier.

Recorded in the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge,North Yorkshire in December 2007 and released in April 2008.The Greentrax label website explains that:
One of the many reasons Dick has so much affection for the place is that it is a solidly working class venue and is one of the few venues where the idea of a performer having to explain why their work contains commentary on political and social issues would be absurd - it is not only taken for granted, but expected, that working class art and politics are inseparable.
He is not alone.JC visited there recently and wrote a great piece about it here

No Gods has featured here before and also at JC's and at Drew's place and I make no apologies for playing it again. It does no harm for a nation to take a good hard look at itself.

Sadly Dick is now in very poor health but still remains a true legend and a giant of Scottish folk music.

Dick Gaughan - No Gods

Dick Gaughan - Thomas Muir of Huntershill

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Post Holiday Purchases - Blur.13.


I have had a burn of 13  by Blur for a reasonable length of time and very rarely  play it.
However when I saw a copy of the CD in my local charity shop for 50p the completist in me kicked in..

I obviously  then felt compelled to give it a listen. To me it is a combination of some pretty good pop songs such as the two singles featured below together with the virtually unlistenable such as Bugman.

Released in 1999 when the band were beginning to show the signs of cracking. Strained relationships, the split between Damon Albarn and Justine Frischmann and Graham Coxon's drinking all played their part.
Coxon left shortly thereafter and there was then a hiatus until 2003's Think Tank

They wanted to go in a more electronic direction leading to longtime producer Stephen Street being replaced by William Orbit.

From a completist point of view only The Magic Whip to go. I shall hold out until I can pick it up for 50p!

Blur - Tender

Blur - Coffee & TV

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Post Holiday Purchases - First Aid Kit


First Aid Kit are a band  that I am more familiar with than Turin Brakes
I have copies of the Drunken Trees EP and their second album The Lion's Roar on the shelves.
So I was pretty chuffed to stumble across  a copy of their last album from 2014  Stay Gold
Perhaps a wee bit more mainstream that its predecessors  which is maybe not surprising given that they are now on a major label namely Columbia.
Nevertheless the Swedish sisters Klara  and Johanna Söderberg  continue to impress with their indie/Americana sound.
I read that they have a new album Ruins scheduled for release in January.

First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining

First Aid Kit - A Long Time Ago

Monday, 30 October 2017

Post Holiday Purchases - Turin Brakes


After the holidays I returned three CDs to a local charity shop, 2 duffers and a doubler, Turns out I already had If The Oceans Get Rough by Willie Mason..I knew I had a couple of his but wasn't sure if this was one of them.It was.
As you would expect when I handed three in I ended up coming away with three new ones.
Turin Brakes are one of the many bands that I have heard of but have not really heard. The only thing of theirs I was familiar with was an excellent cover of the Rolling Stones song Midnight Mile which I have on a compilation and which I have featured here before.
I decided to take a punt on The Optimist LP which is their debut album from 2001. It was a good punt in that the album is very good indeed.
Further exploration  required I feel.

Turin Brakes - Emergency 72

Turin Brakes - Starship

Sunday, 29 October 2017

This is Radio Bob


I'm Walking, one of the Fats Domino tracks featured in Wednesday was taken from a terrific Uncut Compilation Radio Bob -Another 17 brilliant tracks taken from Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour.Volume 2 
Note to self - must track down Volume 1

Theme Time Radio Hour was a satellite radio show hosted by Bob Dylan which ran from May 2006 to April 2009.An eclectic mix of songs  on a weekly theme featured  showing that Bob has excellent taste. It also showed his fine sense of humour and a nice line in  self deprecation .

While  the CD was down from the shelves I  took the opportunity to give it a listen and what a belter it is.
I could have chosen any of the 17 songs. Obviously Fats has featured before as have the featured songs by George Jones and Johnny Burnette.
However, as I'm sure you will all agree these three are not too shabby.

Faron Young - Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

LaVern Baker - Soul On Fire

Webb Pierce - Drifting Texas Sand

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Covered By Cash - Desperado


What the Dickens is going on here! Despite almost universal love for the legend that is Johnny Cash he has been on the wrong end of another whooping. Week 1 - 10-3 to Kris Kristofferson  and Week 2 9-3 to Tom Petty.
So the score so far is Cash 0 The Rest 2.
I suspect that this week the balance may well be redressed in that I have gone for a band that are pretty much loathed by the musos ,
Desperado is a song from the album of the same name from 1973 by the Eagles. One of their most famous songs but surprisingly it was never a single.
Johnny's version comes from American IV:The Man Comes Around.
Is it the dulcet tones of Don Henley or the smooth baritone of Johnny Cash?
Somewhat controversially I'm going for the Eagles this week, I actually quite like some of their stuff including this one.

Others (and I suspect  there may be a few), may choose to disagree.
Next week a compare and contrast submitted by the great Ernie Goggins

Johnny Cash - Desperado

Eagles - Desperado

Friday, 27 October 2017

Once Bitten Twice Shy


I used to have a double Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople album which has gone missing somewhere along the way leaving me with only The Best of Mott.
Therefore when I stumbled upon The Journey a 53 song 3 x CD Retrospective of Mott and Ian  for 3 quid in a Pitlochry charity shop it was a bit of a no brainer.
However, sadly it has proved to be somewhat of a disappointment.
With the exception of the  9 songs which are on the best of Mott there are probably only about another half a dozen which I would describe as reasonably good.
With the exception of the magnificent Once Bitten Twice Shy, his only hit single, I felt that the solo stuff from Ian Hunter was particularly poor. To be honest I struggled to pick out a second number before opting for Standin' in My Light a song from his 1979 album You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic.
Rightly, you would never get away with an album title like that these days.

Ian Hunter -Once Bitten Twice Shy

Ian Hunter - Standin' in My Light

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Servant of Love


I have long been an admirer of the music of Patty Griffin but until recently I have had to make do with the occasional download or song from a compilation.
So I was pretty chuffed to pick up her latest (from 2015) album Servant of Love from the Community Charity Shop in Ullapool for 50p
It was released independently in conjunction with the Thirty Tigers Nashville based entertainment company and is her 9th  studio album to have been released since 1996.
There are distinct similarities with Emmylou Harris  in places which let's face it is no bad thing and perhaps hardly surprising given that she has toured with her, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welsh and Dave Rawlings as part of the Sweet Harmony Traveling Review.Also Emmylou is one of many artists to have covered Patty's  songs.
She featured on Robert Plant's Band of Joy  album and was in a relationship with him for a few years thereafter.

Harry would have seen her.

Patty Griffin - Good and Gone

Patty Griffin - Rider of Days

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Ain't That a Shame


Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr
February 26th 1928 - October 24th 2017

Rest Easy Fats


Here Be Monsters


Back to the holiday purchases today - but don't worry we are nearing the end.
I've never been quite sure what to make of Ed Harcourt.
Is he one of those bland acoustic type artists such as James Blunt or is there something more about him?
I had a promo copy of From Every Sphere for a while (which I think I have only played the once) and picked up his Mercury nominated 2001 debut Here Be Monsters  for 50p in Pitlochry.
I must admit that even after a couple of listens I'm still not quite sure.
However, I think there may be something about it that would be worthwhile persevering with as I like that he is prepared to get a wee bit noisy on occasions.

Ed Harcourt - God Protect Your Soul

Ed Harcourt -Wind Through the Trees

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Annie Booth - An Unforgiving Light



On Friday night I attended the Hug and Pint in Glasgow for the second evening of  the album launch of An Unforgiving Light by Annie Booth the first having been at Edinburgh's Sneaky Pete's the previous evening.

A collaborative release by Last Night From Glasgow and Scottish Fiction proof, as if proof was needed, that the future of Scottish music is in safe hands.
I saw Annie play a nervous but faultless  acoustic set when supporting Sister John back in September.This time out surrounded by her band (Ross Campbell on guitar, Craig Stoddart on bass and Rohan Bumbra on drums and a keyboard player whose name I missed) she was far more assured.

She was ably supported by young Jared Celosse  and by Jo Whitby who performs as Laurence Made Me Cry.

As you would expect her set concentrated on show casing the new album with a couple of older numbers thrown in for good measure. I was particularly taken with her recent singles Chasm and Over My and The Line where she was joined  on stage by Leo Bargery from the other band that she is a member of  Mt Doubt.

The album is available on both vinyl and CD.
An exclusive bonus for Charity Chic Music readers  from our good friends at Last Night From Glasgow who have kindly offered a 25% discount on all their non-sold  out releases for a two week period here by using the discount code in the comments section below.

Pay day shortly and Christmas is coming up so please take them up on this extremely generous offer. Thanks Ian!



Monday, 23 October 2017

Harry


At Friday's Annie Booth gig (more of which later) I dumped into a friend  Tom who I hadn't seen for years.
We got talking about mutual friends and when I asked after Harry Thomson he told me that he had died last year.
Anyone who has attended a concert in Glasgow in the last 30 years, particularly one with a Country connection, has probably been in Harry's company.
He had an artificial leg following a shipyard accident and walked with a stick leading to my pals and I dubbing him "the man with the stick" until I got to know him better.
He told a story of going through airport security. "You need to take of your shoe sir" the security officer requested."If I do son , the whole leg will have to come aff" was Harry's reply. Needless to say he was waved through.
Harry must have attended at least 100 concerts per year. When you met him he would rattle off an impressive list that he had attended since you had last met him.
His main love was Americana particularly music from Texas. His email address was harrytexas hence the picture above.
I had the pleasure of being in his company at the SXSW festival in Austin on a couple of occasions where he quickly acquired legendary status.There was a bar stool right in front of the stage at the Continental Club reserved for his exclusive use. He also took great pride in introducing folk from Austin he knew to other Austin residents they didn't know but he did.
I attended countless concerts with Harry mainly Americana although we also saw Toots & the Maytals and Joss Stone where I was the second oldest member of the audience and Harry the oldest.

We gradually lost touch as I attended less and less concerts although our paths would occasionally cross at Celtic Connections concerts.
The last time I saw him was at an Allison Moorer concert at St Andrews in the Square which I attended with Mrs CC and her mum.
We were chatting outside to Harry and another guy at the end when Harry mentioned that he was going onto the club event at the Art School. Mrs CC, who was driving, offered him and the other guy a lift.
We dropped the other guy off at a hotel in the town centre."Who's your pal?" I asked Harry. "No idea" he replied "some guy from Aberdeen who was sitting next to me and we got talking"

I'm sorry I never found out about his death at the time and didn't get my opportunity to pay my respects.
I hope that this belated tribute to the most passionate person about live music I have ever met goes some way to making up for that.

Rosie Flores - West Texas Plains

Dave Alvin - East Texas Blues

Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 - A Fond Farewell

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Honeysuckle



Some whimsical and flighty English folk music for your Sunday morning courtesy of Kirsty McGee and her 2002 debut album Honeysuckle.
Each year when on holiday we usually take the occasional punt on someone we have never heard of and this year Kirsty fell into that category.
The fact that the album features such luminaries as Clive Gregson and Boo Hewerdine probably helped.
On the Fellside Recordings label from Workington.
Pleasant stuff which you would be happy to stumble upon in a pub or folk club.
The album is available free to download on Bandcamp for those of you who are taken with this.

Kirsty McGee - Rich

Kirsty McGee - Wild Garlic

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Covered By Cash - I Won't Back Down

I'm not sure how long I'll persevere with the GIF!
Well that was an interesting start. An early lead from the Man in Black before Kris Kristofferson pulled away to administer a 10-3 whooping. To a man and woman, however, everyone acknowledged that they were two brilliant versions.
I would argue that this also applies to this week's compare and contrast when Johnny is up against the recently departed Tom Petty with his version of I Won't Back Down with Tom and the Heartbreakers providing the music and backing vocals.

Johhny's version is from American III : Solitary Man. The American Recordings series will feature fairly heavily over  the next few weeks.

Another very tough call this week.After having given both of them a listen I will go for Mr Cash  this week.A close call though.
Others, of course may choose to disagree.

Up above us on a cloud somewhere Tom Petty and Johnny Cash as sitting trying to work out what they are going to call their new duet!

Johnny Cash - I Won't Back Down

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down

Friday, 20 October 2017

Instant Garage


Like many of you, I suspect, I have been thoroughly enjoying the seemingly never ending stream of obscure Garage classics coming out of Drew's place recently.
Therefore I was quite excited to spot a Mojo compilation entitled Instant Garage again in the Highland Hospice shop in Dornoch.
An impressive 28 tracks. There is however a much wider interpretation of Garage than Drew would offer with artists such as MC5, New York Dolls, Kinks, Love, Jonathan Richman and the Ramones featuring. Not that I am complaining too much about any of the above you understand.
For the purpose of this post I thought I would go for some of the slightly more obscure artists who perhaps fit the Garage label more neatly.
So here are The Sonics (1965), Rocky & the Riddlers (1965) and She (1970)
It is highly likely that some of the other 25 tracks will make an appearance at some stage.

The Sonics -Psycho

Rocky & the Riddlers - Flash & Crash

She - Outta Reach

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Beach Boys



Pictured above is your humble author anxiously pacing the beach in Dornoch seeking inspiration for future posts.
Fortunately help was close at hand in the nearby Highland Hospice charity shop.
I came away with Uncut's Best of 2004 Reissues Volume 2.
Some excellent stuff on there including Willard Grant Conspiracy, the Go-Betweens, Gun Club and Pavement to name but a few
However I've gone for Bangkok a solo number from the great Alex Chilton.
From one great artist to another. Here is Eddie Hinton possibly the owner of the greatest white Soul voice. Actually, there is no possibly about it.

Alex Chilton - Bangkok

Eddie Hinton - Help Me To Make It (Power of a Woman's Love)



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

16 Horsepower


For once I didn't come across too much Americana during our trip up North. It has been a fertile hunting ground in the past but not this time.
I did manage to bag a couple though.
The name 16 Horsepower rang a bell in the deeper recesses of my mind when I picked up 2000's Secret South in Pitlochry but it was only later that I discovered that it was on the legendary (to me at least) German Glitterhouse label.
Sure enough back home I checked and I have a couple of their tracks on Glitterhouse compilations including one from this album.
They are out of Denver. David Eugene Edwards is the head honcho ably supported by Steve Taylor on guitar, Pascal Humbert on bass and Jean-Yves Tola on drums.
The album was recorded  and self produced in a cabin n the mountains around Denver and then mixed in Bath.

16 Horsepower - Clogger

16 Horsepower - Straw Foot

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Ophelia


We are busy battening down the hatches (or hatchets as Mrs CC would have it) in preparation for Storm Ophelia which will hopefully have passed by the time you get round to reading this.
Downgraded from a hurricane it has unfortunately already reeked havoc in Ireland.
As you can imagine the media is in a total frenzy.
When we we in Giarloch it got a bit blowy and the power went out. People just got on with it.
Nothing I'm sure compared to what the Caribbean has recently had to endure

All of the above is really just an opportunity to post these two songs and to mention that there used to be a woman at my work called Ophelia.

The Band - Ophelia

Natalie Merchant - Ophelia

Monday, 16 October 2017

Love Over Rage



Picked up Love Over Rage a 1994 album by Tom Robinson on the great Cooking Vinyl label in Ullapool.
The first CD I have by him although I have a fair bit of vinyl both solo and as part of the Tom Robinson Band all of which was at least 10 years previous to this release.
The lyrics are as always excellent but the music is a bit like the curate's egg - good in parts.
For me these are probably the pick of the bunch.
The personnel on the album include Chris Rea on slide guitar and TV Smith of Adverts fame on backing vocals.
His middle name is Giles.

Tom Robinson - Roaring Days

Tom Robinson - Days (That Changed The World)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves


The more observant among you may have noticed that my recent Brothers,Sisters series has disappeared.
The reason? Momentum has disappeared following my holiday break. As those who do this stuff know it is all about momentum.It may or may not reappear at some stage
The Pointer Sisters were one of  few acts to feature.
I have since doubled my Pointer Sisters collection by acquiring a Greatest Hits CD in Ullapool.
Had I had it then one of these songs may have featured.
Indeed Fire could also perhaps have featured in the Springsteen covers series.
Worry not , all things come to those that wait.

Pointer Sisters -I'm So Excited

Pointer Sisters - Fire


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Covered By Cash - Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down


A new Saturday Covers series for you today - but with a twist.
Instead of comparing an artists songs with covers by others we are comparing songs covered by Johnny Cash with the originals.
Usual rules apply and I have more than enough material for the first to ten being the winner

I think that I probably heard Johnny's version of Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down before I heard the Kris Kristofferson original. Good though it is it doesn't hold a candle to the original.Also Kris looses the G's while Johnny keeps his.
A thought . When Glen Campbell died Rhinestone Cowboy was regularly trotted out as opposed to his greatest song Wichita Lineman.
When Kris finally shuffles off this mortal coil we shall probably get Me and Bobby McGee played more than this. Wrongly in my opinion.

So it is Kris for me this week. Others, of course may choose to disagree.
Another compare and contrast next Saturday

Johnny Cash - Sunday Morning Coming Down

Kris Kristofferson - Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down

Friday, 13 October 2017

Island Folk


The Red Cross charity shop in Dingwall had a pretty meagre collection of CD's on display mainly Uncut and Mojo compilations
Given that I am trying to be more discerning primarily for space reasons (finance comes into it as well but not in this case as they were only 50p) I decided to ration myself to one.
And I think I got a cracker.From May 2009 as part of Island Records 50th Anniversary celebrations they gave us Island Folk - an acoustic-led celebration.
It includes such luminaries as Sandy Denny, The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and Nirvana (no, not THAT one).
There is even some Jethro Tull thrown in to keep George happy.
However I have gone for two of Folk's most famous husband and wife combinations for your listening pleasure today.

John and Beverley Martyn - Primrose Hill

Richard and Linda Thompson - The End of the Rainbow

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Oh Susanna


A couple of cover versions of classic songs today from Susannah Hoffs - settle down at the back Swiss Adam
One is reasonably good and the other utterly appalling.
Let's start with the reasonably good. Another one from the Austin Powers soundtrack with Susannah covering the Burt Bacharach classic The Look of Love. There are obviously better ones out there but it passes muster.
She has connections with Austin Powers in that she is married to it's director Jay Roach and the band Ming Tea  consisting of her, Matthew Sweet and Mike Myres also features.

Brace yourselves now. The title of her 1991 debut solo album When You're a Boy gives a clue. A dreadful album and one which is going back.Allmusic gives it 1.5/5 which is overly generous
The final track the cover of Bowie's Boys Keep Swinging is truly awful
Bought in Dingwall.

Something better tomorrow

Susannah Hoffs - The Look of Love

Susanna Hoffs - Boys Keep Swinging

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Writer's Block


Writer's Block  -the scourge of the blogging community.
Who better then to turn to than the wonderful Swedish trio of Peter, Bjorn and John with their 2006 album of that name on V2 Scandinavia/Wichita
That'll be Peter Morén  on vocals and guitar, Bjorn Yttling on bass and John Eriksson on drums and percussion.
The lady accompanying Peter on the second number is none other than Victoria Bergsman of Concretes fame.
Obviously big in Pitlochry as that's where it was purchased.

Peter Bjorn and John - Objects of my Affection

Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Groovy Baby


We have returned with a mish mash of stuff for your listening "pleasure".
Some good  others perhaps not too good. In no particular order.

Talking of mish mashes that would be a pretty good description for the  tracks on Austin Powers - the Original Soundtrack picked up for 50p in the Community Shop in Ullapool.
It is a lot better than I thought it would be albeit that for every Cardigans there is a Mike Flowers Pop.

I was pleasantly surprised when the first song on the CD turned out to be by Edwyn Collins. We visited Helmsdale where he stays on our travels but  sadly didn't bump into him.

More shagtastic tunes tomorrow.

Edwyn Collins - The Magic Piper (Of Love)

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Mas Que Nada



Monday, 9 October 2017

Tom Petty Highway


That's the holidays finished then. Back to auld claes and porridge as my Gran used to say.
A few new goodies to share with you.
But firstly a reference to the sad death of Tom Petty.
I didn't have the wherewithall to do a post at the time but read the many fine tributes others posted.

When we go married in Skye we stayed in a Highland blackhouse in the hamlet of Clachamish.
We were taken by how much the view of the road reminded us of the cover of Into the Great Wide Open.
The A850 as opposed to The Kings Highway it will always be our lasting memory and reminder of Tom Petty.
Rest easy Tom.

Ton Petty & the Heartbreakers - Learning to Fly

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Kings Highway

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Holiday Hiatus - Kirsty MacColl


As you would expect the late great Kirsty MacColl has graced these pages before.
However her early stuff has never featured.
Chip shop could I supposed be described as a novelty record of sorts. If so, there are few if any better.
As for A New England she takes an already great Billy Bragg song to an altogether higher level.

That's the holidays pretty much over. Normal service shall resume shortly.
Hope you enjoyed this little interlude

Kirsty MacColl -There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis

Kirsty MacColl - A New England

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Holiday Hiatus -Heaven 17


We are off to Sheffield today to catch up with Martyn, Ian and Glenn collectively known as synth pop band Heaven 17.
A song from each of their two classic albums Penthouse and Pavement and The Luxury Gap.
Sadly still treading the Retro boards

Heaven 17 -Height of the Fighting (He-la-hu)

Heaven 17 - Come Live With Me

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Holiday Hiatus - Buzzcocks


Like Squeeze and The Kinks who featured last week Bolton band Buzzcocks were one of the great British singles bands
Although the reformed band have been on the go since 1989 it is the period from 1976 -1979 that is best to focus on when they could do no wrong
The previously featured Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) remains one of my favourite all time songs

Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?

Buzzcocks -What Ever Happened To?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Holiday Hiatus -Ike & Tina Turner



The  husband and wife duo was once considered "one of the hottest, most durable, and potentially most explosive of all R&B ensembles"

Then came the stories of wife beating, control freakery and drug taking on the part of Ike and Simply the Best on the part of Tina.
How the mighty have fallen.

Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High

Ike & Tina Turner - I Want to Take You Higher

Friday, 29 September 2017

Holiday Hiatus -The Kinks


A fairly eay one today given that The Ultimate Collection from which last week's Autumn Almanac was taken had not yet been returned to the shelves.
Asked to name great British bands of the 60's most folk would come up with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and perhaps The Who. The Kinks are right up there too.
These songs are now over 50 years old and still as fresh as a daisy.

The Kinks - You Really Got Me

The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Holiday Hiatus - Deacon Blue


Deacon Blue - a band who will split opinions from readers of these pages.
I've previously featured the brilliant Dignity and Fergus Sings the Blues so here are another two early ones.
Raintown sprang to mind as I recently listened to a radio documentary by Rebus author Ian Rankin celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the album by the same  name.

Deacon Blue - Raintown

Deacon Blue - Wages Day

Monday, 25 September 2017

Holiday Hiatus -Squeeze


Long suffering readers will know the drill by now and the rest of you will cotton on fairly quickly.
A couple of songs every couple of days usually from a fairly established artist.to keep you going til I get back.
No preamble and none of the usual in depth research which I am famous for.


Squeeze -Another Nail in My Heart

Squeeze - Tempted

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hit the North


We are off today for our annual two week pilgrimage up North
Week one near Tain on the East Coast of Scotland and week two near Gairloch on the West.

Therefore there will be a  reduced service until we get back (hopefully armed with some charity shop goodies) with just the occasional  holiday hiatus snippet thrown in  here and there to keep you going

The Fall -Hit The North

Kris Drever - Going To The North

Friday, 22 September 2017

When Autumn Leaves Lie Thick and Still


When does Autumn start?
In Scotland it is usually after the two or three warm days we get in May or June!
It is 1st September on the meteorological calendar or  today 22nd September if you use the astronomical seasons
Alyson  over at What's It All About knows her seasons so should be able to give the definitive answer.

Whatever, it gives me an excuse to feature a couple of songs with Autumn in the title.

The Kinks - Autumn Almanac

Paolo Nutini - Autumn