Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Friday Fun – Have A Smashing Time

 

Bonus

 

Advertisements

July 1, 2011 Posted by | Humour, The Who, Video | , , | Leave a comment

New News – John Fahey

Rare material from John Fahey is set to be exhumed on the upcoming box set ‘John Fahey: Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)’.

Very much a neglected figure, John Fahey is extremely important to the evolution of American music. An important figure in the blues and folk revival, he helped rediscover performers long since thought lost to music.

His own recordings were an extraordinary mixture of technical virtuosity and emotional depth.

Sadly passing away in 2001, some rare elements of the guitarist’s back catalogue have now been
unearthed.

Releasing his debut album ‘Blind Joe Death’ in 1959, the guitarist seemed to arrive fully formed.

However he did make earlier recordings, laying down instrumental tracks for the Fonotone label.

Issuing in tiny quantities, the songs were pressed onto 78RPM discs. Unusual even for the time, the Fonotone label handled a series of John Fahey tracks between 1958 and 1965.

It is this period which forms the spine of the new box set (via Tiny Mixtapes). ‘John Fahey: Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)’ promises countless rare material, including some cuts which have never been released on any format.

Dust-To-Digital are to handle the release, which will contain a total of five CDs. Joe Bussard controlled the Fonotone label, and his archives have proved to be an invaluable addition to the Fahey discography.

Containing 115 tracks, the upcoming box set is edited by fellow guitarist – and Fahey collaborator – Glenn Jones, with the full approval of the late musician’s estate.

Alongside a host of musical rarities the upcoming box set also includes an 88-page book with essays and analysis, reproductions of those Fonotone labels and rare photographs donated by Jane C. Hayes — Fahey’s mother.

For more on the project click HERE.

June 30, 2011 Posted by | Blues, Folk, New News, New Releases, Video | | 1 Comment

Anniversary Day

June 29, 2011 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Friends, Jazz Vocal, Mrs D, Photography, Video | | 1 Comment

New News – Buckley Film

Actor Penn Badgley has been cast as Jeff Buckley in the forthcoming biopic about the late singer-songwriter, according to reports.

Gossip Girl star Badgely will portray Buckley in the forthcoming film Greetings From Tim Buckley, beating touted names that included James Franco and Robert Pattinson.

Tim Buckley

The film follows a young Buckley as he grapples with the overbearing legacy of his
musician father Tim Buckley, leading up and culminating with his classic 1991 performance of his father’s songs, according to the Huffington Post.


Buckley, who became a musical hero in his own right with the 1994 album ‘Grace’, drowned in 1997 while swimming in the Wolf River in Tennessee.

Badgley, meanwhile, is currently portraying the character Dan Humphrey in hit teen drama Gossip Girl. His previous movie credits include John Tucker Must Die, The Stepfather and Easy A.

 

Original Source :- www.uncut.co.uk

 

June 28, 2011 Posted by | Movies, New News, Video | , , | Leave a comment

New News – Nirvana

A Super Deluxe Edition of Nirvana’s seminal 1991 album ‘Nevermind’ will be released onSeptember 19 – 20 years after the original came out.

Comprising four CDs and one DVD, the Super Deluxe Edition will contain previously unreleased tracks, rarities, B-sides, alternate mixes, rare live recordings and BBC radio appearances.

The DVD will be made up of an entire unreleased Nirvana concert.

‘Nevermind’ has sold over 30 million copies in the two decades since its release. Produced by Butch Vig, it was the second studio album from Nirvana, the iconic grunge band made
up of the late Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Foo Fighters mainman Dave
Grohl
.

The 20th anniversary of ‘Nevermind’ will also be marked by a series of as-yet-unannounced events.

‘Nevermind’ climbed to Number One in the US Billboard album chart, but only reached Number Seven in the Official UK Albums Chart.

Original source www.uncut.co.uk

June 27, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | | Leave a comment

Cover Story – Dirty Old Town

“Dirty Old Town” is a song written by Ewan MacColl in 1949 that was made popular by The Dubliners and has been recorded by many others since.

The song was written in reference to Salford, then in Lancashire (now in Greater Manchester), England, and the place where Ewan MacColl was brought up. It was originally composed for an interlude to cover an awkward scene change in Ewan MacColl’s Salford-set, 1949 play Landscape with Chimneys, but with the growing popularity of folk music the song became a standard.

The song paints an evocative yet ultimately bitter picture of industrial northern England, and presages to some extent the Angry Young Man school of the 1950s.

When MacColl first wrote the song, the local council were unhappy at having Salford called a dirty old town and, after considerable criticism, the words of the song were changed from “smelled a Spring on the Salford wind” to “smelled a spring on the smoky wind”.

The Spinners made the first popular recording of the song and they sang “Salford wind”. This was hardly surprising as the lead singer on the track was Mick Groves, a Salfordian.

The song was therefore written about an English town; but because of the song’s later association with The Dubliners and The Pogues, many people tend to think of it as an Irish song, and as such, in Ireland the lyrics are popularly thought to refer to Dublin or Derry – a counter-part to the latter being Phil Coulter‘s “The Town I Loved So Well“.

My favourite version is by Rod Stewart.

 

To buy the music of Rod Stewart click HERE

June 25, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, Folk, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun – The Return of Baggy Trousers

For more information click HERE

Not the first time it has been used in an advert, here is someting else for you to get your teeth into!

Here is the original video for the single release.

June 24, 2011 Posted by | Humour, Television, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Haven’t had much reggae here recently so here is Marcia Griffiths and her version of one of Ewan MacColl’s greatest songs.

“The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” – Marcia Griffiths

The song was written for Peggy Seeger who later became his wife and is cherished as a MacCall song devoid of politics.

The song entered the pop mainstream when it was released by Peter, Paul and Mary (Album: See What Tomorrow Brings, 1965), and was later recorded by Roberta Flack, in 1972. The Flack version was much slower than the original: an early solo recording by Seeger, for example, clocked in at two and a half minutes long, whereas Flack’s is more than twice that length.

MacColl reputedly hated almost all the recordings of the song, including Flack’s.

His daughter-in-law is quoted as saying:

“He hated all of them. He had a special section in his record collection for them, entitled ‘The Chamber of Horrors’. He said that the Elvis version was like Romeo at the bottom of the Post Office Tower singing up to Juliet. And the other versions, he thought, were travesties: bludgeoning, histrionic and lacking in grace.”

June 22, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Folk, Old Music, R&B, Reggae, Soul, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Blast From The Past – Beat Surrender

 

 

Beat Surrender” was The Jam‘s final single released on 26 November 1982.

It became the band’s fourth #1 UK single for two weeks in December 1982. The 7″ was backed by the B-side “Shopping”.

A double 7″ ( as per sleeve above) and 12″ single version was available with additional studio cover versions of The Chi-Lites‘ “Stoned Out Of My Mind”, Curtis Mayfield‘s classic “Move On Up”, and Edwin Starr‘s “War”.

The song was a turning point for Paul Weller as he left behind his initial mod influences of The Who and Small Faces to adopt the more recognised influences of the modernists Soul and Jazz and as such hinted at the “style” to come with his  next band, The Style Council.

The decision for the Jam’s final single was between “Beat Surrender” and “A Solid Bond In Your Heart”, later a Style Council single in 1983. The Jam’s version of “A Solid Bond In Your Heart” was not released until 1992 on the Extras album, although Rick Buckler, the Jam’s drummer, claimed that the Style Council had pinched his original drum track recording.

“Beat Surrender” was previewed live on the first ever episode on The Tube, a live music show broadcast on Channel 4, on 5 November 1982.

The recording featured future Respond Records artist Tracie who featured in an earlier post click HERE

Come on boy, come on girl
Succumb to the beat surrender

All the things that I care about (are packed into one punch)
All the things that I’m not sure about (are sorted out at once)

And as it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end
That bullshit is bullshit, it just goes by different names

All the things that I shout about (but never act upon)
All the courage and the dreams that I have
(but seem to wait so long)
My doubt is cast aside, watch phonies run to hide
The dignified don’t even enter in the game

And if you feel there’s no passion
No quality sensation
Seize the young determination
Show the fakers you ain’t foolin’
You’ll see me come runnin’
To the sound of your strummin’
Fill my heart with joy and gladness
I’ve lived too long in shadows of sadness

 

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Television, The Who, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blues Monday – Rory Gallagher

The “lost” Rory Gallagher album “Notes From San Francisco” whilst it is a worthwhile purchase for Rory fans it is not the best entry point for new fans.

If he is new to you his heritage is still readily available, “Live In Europe” and “Irish Tour” are must have records as it was in live performance where Rory was most at home.

Someone once asked Jimi Hendrix what is it like to be the world’s greatest guitar player and his answer was “don’t know ask Rory Gallagher” !!

June 20, 2011 Posted by | Blues, Television, Video | , | Leave a comment

%d bloggers like this: