SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE
No! I’m not going to a wedding, or getting married. I’m using this title to ramble about the music I’ve been listening to these last few weeks, it just sprang into my head. Had a busy few weeks and bought a couple new records/vinyl whatever you prefer to call them and ordered a couple more. Started listening to some new podcasts, got some tickets for a gig and discovered that my new record /CD player I got for Christmas has a tape slot. Oh err!
Sun is shining tonight when I got in from work and so I’m playing Bob Marley, always a great choice for a sunny tea time. However it’s still cold, so as yet no garden and beer. Bob is an OLD favourite of mine and never lets me down. Probably my favourite Sunday listening and definitely my favourite beach tunes. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the beach on a sunny day, a good book, a beer and Bob. (Don’t ask for much do I?)
BOB MARLEY – KAYA
Kaya is a roots reggae album released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1978. The album consists of tracks recorded alongside those present on the Exodus album in 1977. The album has a very relaxed, laid back sound, lacking much of the militant quality of the Wailers lyrically and musically. They received criticism for ‘going soft’ as a result of the general sound of the album as well as the theme: songs primarily revolving around love, as well as marijuana. The album’s release coincided with the One Love Peace Concert, heralding Marley’s triumphant return to Jamaica from exodus in London. Many of the songs present on this album, as well as its sister album Exodus, are rerecorded versions of older tracks present on the album “Soul Revolution Part II” and the “African Herbsman” compilation album. Well known songs from the album include “Is This Love” and “Satisfy My Soul”. Kaya reached the top five in the UK album charts.
I was lucky enough to buy this album in a charity shop for £2. I have loved it and Bob since a teenager. I had a friend whose Dad was Jamaican and when I went to a family wedding all the family got up to dance to reggae and I just fell in love with it. I love Jamaican music and especially find this laid back vibe style so relaxing. No better way to spend the day with the sun on your face and Bob in your ear.
I came across a NEW artist to me last week Courtney Barnett, receiving rave reviews and as one mate tells me ‘Australia’s best kept secret’. Well it seems Ms Barnet ain’t a secret anymore and in a matter of a week I feel as if, her newly released album is everywhere on social media and every music magazine I pick up.
COURTNEY BARNETT – PEDESTRAIN AT BEST
‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ is technically Courtney Barnett’s first album. However, two of her EPs (‘I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris’ and ‘How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose’) were put out together as ‘The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas’ in 2013. The album is released today and features new single ‘Pedestrian At Best’ as well as live favourite ‘Depreston’. Speaking about the tracks on the album, Barnett commented that, “My songs follow me as a normal human, with normal emotions, so there are great highs and great lows. They span everything in my life”. Courtney is from Melbourne and is known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style. She attracted attention from the North American and UK music press in October 2013. Barnett was mentioned by both Rolling Stone and The New York Times as a standout performer. On first hearing it I liked this track a lot but it wasn’t well received in my home. I can understand why it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Anyway here she is and I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more of this young lady.
I was at my sister’s house and she happened to comment that her husband had been in the loft and came across some old records from his youth. Oooh! Anything I would like or even better anything I can have I asked. You can have a look she said but he’s putting them all back to keep. There were quite a few I would have loved, but 1 in particular I wanted to BORROW to take home to play. She agreed under the strict rules that it goes back in the same condition and I don’t mention it. Hope he doesn’t read this!? Anyway, it’s our own home grown Lindisfarne.
LINDSIFARNE – CITY SONG
Fog on the Tyne was released in 1971 album by Lindisfarne. Bob Johnston produced the album, which was recorded at Trident Studios in the summer of 1971. It was released on Charisma Records in Great Britain and Elektra Records in America. It gave the group their breakthrough in England, topping the album charts early in 1972. “Meet Me on the Corner”, one of two songs written by bassist Rod Clements, reached No. 5 as a single. The title track became the band’s signature tune. Simon Cowe made his debut as a writer, contributing the song “Uncle Sam”.
It’s a big regret of mine that I never got to see Lindisfarne live. I love their music, lyrics and the personal memories it brings me. This is one of my favourite songs from this album. He will miss this album I know he will, shall I come clean and he might give me it?
Over the moon at the weekend, to get some tickets to see The Strypes in June at The Cluny, especially at the reasonable price of £12.50. If you aren’t familiar with this band this is a great opportunity. I first saw them a couple of years ago when at the time they were all school boys and touring as support with the Artic Monkeys. The Strypes are 4-piece rhythm and BLUES band hailing from Cavan, Ireland, formed in 2011 by Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). The group launched their explosive R&B assault on the clubs and festivals of Ireland, the UK and Europe, viciously hammering out a no-nonsense blues repertoire drawing from the songbooks of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Slim Harpo and more with the passion and venom of British blues groups such as Dr. Feelgood, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and The Animals. Having already been met with critical acclaim from greats such as Jeff Beck and Paul Weller and been tipped by NME as the No. 1 new band to watch, it seems things can only get better for The Strypes.
THE STRYPES – SHE’S SO FINE
Snapshot is the debut studio album by Irish rock band The Strypes, released on September 9, 2013. The album was produced by highly-acclaimed record producer Chris Thomas at Yellow Fish Studios, England. The title of the album derives from the band’s intention while recording the album to create a “snapshot” of their live set that got them noticed in the first place. The album contains singles “Blue Collar Jane”, “Hometown Girls”, “What a Shame”, “Mystery Man” and “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover. Love this track, have no idea who wrote it? Anyone know?
I’m also collecting or trying to collect the Motown Chartbuster albums from the 60/70s. I already have Vol 3 which was my fave as a kid but this week I’ve managed to get Vol 4 and Vol 5. £6 off t’bay. Bargains I think, well I’m pleased with them. Sad thought that I am collecting record’s I already had and lost. Did I tell you about my Mam and the rag and bone man!!! Maybe another time eh? Anyway here’s a track off one of those albums, the sound of Motown never gets old.
MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL – ONION SONG
Probably Motown’s best pairing Tammi and Marvin. Tammi Terrell began recording for Scepter/Wand Records at the age of 15, before touring with the James Brown Revue for a year. In 1965, she married heavyweight boxer Ernie Terrell, the brother of future Supreme Jean Terrell. Terrell’s warm, sensuous vocals won her a contract with Motown Records later that year, and in 1966 she enjoyed a series of R&B hits, among them a soulful rendition of “This Old Heart Of Mine”. In 1967, she was selected to replace Kim Weston as Marvin Gaye’s recording partner. This inspired teaming produced Gaye’s most successful duets, and the pair issued a stream of hit singles between 1967 and 1969. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need To Get By” epitomized their style, as Gaye and Terrell wove around each other’s voices, creating an aura of romance and eroticism that led to persistent rumours that they were lovers. From the beginning, their partnership was tinged with unhappiness, Terrell collapsing in Gaye’s arms during a performance in 1967. She was diagnosed as suffering from a brain tumour, and despite a series of major operations over the next three years, her health steadily weakened. By 1969, she was unable to perform in public, and on several of the duo’s final recordings, their producer, Valerie Simpson, controversially claims to have taken her place. Ironically, one of these tracks, “The Onion Song”, proved to be the most successful of the Gaye/Terrell singles in the UK. Tammi Terrell died on 16 March 1970, her burial service attracting thousands of mourners, including many of her Motown colleagues. Love this song, for you Tammi thank you.
I’ve just heard this album this week and absolutely love it. Released Feb and I can’t stop listening to it and I think it has a proper Simon & Garfunkel sound to it.
JOSE GONZALEZ – WITH THE INK OF A GHOST
Jose González was born in a suburb of Gothenburg, Sweden, to refugee Argentinian refugee parents. González grew up listening to Latin folk and pop music, and has named Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez as a favourite artist. In June 2003 González released his debut solo release, a two-track 7″ single. The single was discovered by Joakim Gävert, co-founder of the then fledgling label Imperial Records who then signed González as their first official artist. González’ trademark sound is solo classical guitar with soft vocal melody. His work, although mostly original, also includes acoustic covers of such hits as “Heartbeats” by his fellow Swedes The Knife, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division, “Born in the U.S.A.” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen, “Hand on Your Heart” by Kylie Minogue, “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat, “Teardrop” by Massive Attack and “Last Snowstorm of the Year” by Low. This newly released album ‘Vestiges & Claws’ is his first in seven years and was released in Feb. Produced by González in his home as well as Svenska Grammofonstudion, both in Gothenburg, Sweden. It contains years’ worth of music.
Finally my newly found cassette player!! I got a new music stereo/record player for Christmas and just noticed last week that it has a slot at the side for cassettes. Unfortunately I don’t have any, I was never particularly very good a taping the charts back in the day. Basically My Mam wouldn’t keep her gob shut to get a good recording. Anyway I have educated my son explaining about this old school way of doing things. He was amused.
Enjoy your week, keep on keeping on
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