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2010 Top 30 New and Old #1

My “Track of the Year” is from the Diane Birch album “Bible Belt”

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My number one “Blast From The Past” is an old Frankie Miller demo which came to the surface this year.

“A Bottle Of Whisky” – Frankie Miller

Diamond’s on the corner of her lipstick,
Ruby’s shining with the gold
Wild eyed women in Cadillacs
Helpless with no one to hold.

She stood at the side of the doorway
There was nowhere a poor boy could run
Had a fight with a bottle of whisky last night,
And the bottle of whisky won

She told me to watch from the window,
As she powdered the sweat from my brow
Ah told her I couldn’t stay too late
But it didn’t connect anyhow,

Its funny how small thing’s don’t matter,
When you can’t recall what you have done
I had a fight with a bottle of whisky last night,
And the bottle of whisky won.

Her mama remembered my picture
Her daddy remembered my face
There were lawyers all over the city
There were cowboys all over the place,

In the morning the judge asked the jury,
Can you tell me exactly what he’s done?
Had a fight with a bottle of whisky last night,
And the bottle of whisky won.

The wild eyed women in Cadillac’s,
Out on the street having fun,
Had a fight with a bottle of whisky last night,
And the bottle of whisky won
Had a fight with a bottle of whisky last night,
And the bottle of whisky won

Billy Rankin at Rock Radio played Frankie’s “A Bottle Of Whisky” Demo on his radio show and due to this a Campaign by the listeners has been launched on Facebook to get Frankie’s demo of “A Bottle of Whiskey” released as a single.

The campaign was a success and you can buy the song by clicking HERE

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December 30, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Releases, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #2

Mash Up of the year from Go Home Productions.

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Great song and song title from Richard Thompson’s 1991 album “Rumor and Sigh”

“Don’t Sit On My Jimmy Shands” – Richard Thompson.

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December 29, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Mash Up, Old Music, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top £0 New and Old #3

Josh Ritter released another great album this year in the form of “So Runs The World Away”

However my favourite is from the famous Daytrotter Sessions and is a great cover of one of Fiona’s favourite songs.

“Moon River” – Josh Ritter

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Paul Newman & Duke Ellington

I rediscovered the joys of “Paris Blues” both film and soundtrack this year.

“Take The “A” Train” – Duke Ellington

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December 28, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Fiona, Jazz, Movies, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #4

Tears for the second day running this time courtesy of “No Tears To Cry” from the best Paul Weller album in ages “Wake Up The Nation”

If you don’t want to see me fall
Turn your face to the wall
There’s no face left to hide
There’s no tears to cry
‘Cause my eyes have dried

If you can see my wall, dear, from afar
Can’t you see how distant we are?
There’s no way I can lie
There’s no tears to cry
‘Cause my eyes have dried

Time before [Incomprehensible]
You stole the precious mind
Wrapped it up in sin
And sold it to the night

If you don’t want to watch, watch me slide
Turn around here inside
Find a place we can hide
There’s no tears to cry

There’s no face left inside
There’s no tears to cry
‘Cause my eyes have dried
There’s no tears to cry

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

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For some unknown reason in late September early October I found a new desire to explore the music of Tim Buckley and in doing so I bought up most the albums of his which were missing from my collection.

In doing so his debut album “Tim Buckley” became a favourite and this track in particular.

“Grief In My Soul” – Tim Buckley

I’ve got ten thousand troubles, a million woes
I got grief in my soul nobody knows

I got heartaches, I got stingin’ water fallin’ out of the sky
I got a long lost lover, got a reason to die
I got ten thousand troubles, a million woes
I got grief in my soul nobody knows

I got sorrow
I’m in a storm that’ll spare no travelin’ man
I fear tomorrow
Got a love that died long before it began
I got ten thousand troubles, a million woes
I got grief in my soul nobody knows

Got a cold chain
I got rain fallin’ on my head from above
I got a bad pain
I got a gal don’t know the meaning of love
I got ten thousand troubles, a million woes
I got grief in my soul nobody knows

I got heartaches, I got stingin’ water fallin’ out of the sky
I got a long lost lover, got a reason to die
I got ten thousand troubles, a million woes
I got grief in my soul nobody knows

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December 27, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Releases, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #5

Sometimes a song get’s lodged in your mind and won’t let go, this is this year’s example.

“It Will All End In Tears” – The Drums

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I saw Henry McCullough and his band earlier this year at “Backstage at The Green” in Kinross.

However rather than post one of his own recording I have chosen to post this great cover version of one of his most famous songs by Over The Rhine

“Failed Christian” – Over The Rhine

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December 26, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, New Music, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #6

A surprise for me was this great and somewhat appropriate track from the Katie Melua album “The House”

“The One I Love Is Gone” – Katie Melua

I don’t know I don’t know

 Where I’ll go or what I’ll do
It makes no difference what I do without you

Oh I love you my darling
But I’ll have to let you leave
Goodbye it’s the last you’ll hear of me

Well I found the bluebird
High on a mountainside
And the little bird would sing its little song

So I’ll sigh, I’ll cry
I’ll even wanna die
For the one I love is gone.

Well I found the bluebird
High on a mountainside
And the little bird would sing its little song

So I’ll sigh, I’ll cry
I’ll even wanna die
For the one I love is gone.

I’ll sigh, I’ll cry
I’ll even wanna die
For the one I love is gone.

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This Ryan Star track came to my attention via it’s use as the theme tune to the great television series “Lie To Me”

“Brand New Day” – Ryan Star

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December 25, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Family, Fiona, Mrs D, New Music, Old Music, Television | , , , , | 2 Comments

2010 Top 30 New and Old #7

 Mark Everett as “eels” release two albums in 2010, the first “End Times” arrived in January and this track has remained a constant in my playlist ever since.

Little bird
Hoppin’ on my porch
I know it sounds kinda sad
But what’s it all for?
Right now you’re the only friend I have in the world
And I just can’t take out very much
Goddamn
I miss that girl

Little bird
You look all right
I’m sure it’s not easy
Gettin’ through your night
So tell me this can’t be how it’s gonna end
Tell me my heart
Somehow
Dear God
Is gonna mend

Little bird
I guess you’re right
Can’t let her take me out
Without a fight
But right now I can’t see making sense of this world
I just can’t take out very much
Goddamn
I miss that girl

“Tomorrow Morning” followed in August and I like the way this is going.

I like your toothy smile,
it never fails to beguile.
Whichever way the wind is blowing
I like the way this is going.

I like the color of your hair,
I think we make a handsome pair.
I can only see my love growing
I like the way this is going

I like to watch TV with you,
there’s really nothing i would rather do.
Then maybe we can go to bed,
get up and do it all again.

I like the way your pants fit,
how you stand and how you sit,
whatever seeds that you’re sowing,
I like the way this is going.

I don’t care about the past,
none of it was made to last,
it’s not what who you’ve known,
but who you’re knowing,

I like the way this is going
I like the way this is going.

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Pete Molinari featured recently in the Top 30 “New” selection, so here is my favourite track from his back catalogue.

“A Virtual Landslide” (Acoustic Version) – Pete Molinari

December 24, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Releases, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #9

Pete Molinari

The golfing “Molinari’s” weren’t the only ones to catch the limelight in 2010, a performance of  “Streetcar Named Desire”  by Pete Molinari on Later ………with Jools gave his album “A Train Bound For Glory” some well deserved coverage.

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Progressive rock was never my cup of tea, however, I always liked this track by Yes, probably as it is more Bert Jansch than progressive rock.

The song was actually titled “Clap” but to the dismay of Steve Howe became “The Clap” on the album!!

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December 22, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Releases, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #10

 

This great track from the Burns Unit was a recent post so all I will add is that you can finally catch them on tour in January.

“What Is Life” – Burns Unit

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Put simply one of the best live blues albums………………EVER

“She’s Dangerous” – The Red Devils

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December 21, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #11

Laura Marling was another discovery thanks to a great performance on Later …with Jools.

Here then she is with my favourite track from her album.

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I offer no apologies for posting this track by The Count Bishops as it is taken from one of my favourite vinyl EP’s with this track being a cover version of one of the foundation songs of rock as we know it.

“Route 66” – The Count Bishops

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December 20, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

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