Friday, 21 October 2016
Tonight's slice of Rockabilly comes courtesy of Johnny Burnette who along with his older brother Dorsey and Paul Burlison performed as The Rock'n'Roll Trio
Rock'n'Roll Trio and Tear it Up can be purchased as a thoroughly recommended 2 album CD - reaping the benefit of all those two minute tracks.
Johnny Burnette was yet another Rockabilly star who met an early and nasty death. At the age of 30 his unlit fishing boat was struck by a cabin cruiser on Clear Lake in California.
Fortunately he left a rich legacy of work before his untimely demise
Johnny Burnette - All By Myself
Johnny Burnette - Tear it Up
Johnny Burnette - Blues Stay Away From Me
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Another compilation purchased in Granton on Spey was 1-2-3-4! one of the occasional Mojo Roots of Series - in this case obviously the Roots of The Ramones
It includes the likes of the Seeds, the Shangri-Las and Love who you would imagine influenced the Bruddas.
It also includes contemporaries such as Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, Wayne County and Television.
Not sure how they constitute the roots of the Ramones.
A minor quibble as the music is terrific
Here are the Bruddas with Walter Lure of the Heatrbreakers with a Stones cover, Ronnie Spector with a Joey Ramone song and a band who clearly also influenced the Cramps
Walter Lure & the Ramones - Street Fighting Man
Ronnie Spector - She Talks to Rainbows
The Trashmen - Bird Dance Beat
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
So Tonight That I Might See the 1993 album by Mazzy Star the band featuring the Santa Monica duo of Hope Sandoval and David Roback has been on the shelves for a while and surprisingly has not yet had an airing on these pages.
I'm sorry to say that you may have to wait a wee while longer as it has been usurped by it's 1996 follow up Among My Swan recently purchased on my travels in an old church in Aberfeldy which now doubles up as a Thrift Shop.
Some lovely acoustic instrumentation accompanied by ethereal echo and a band who I know are popular with many of my fellow bloggers.
Mazzy Star - Flowers in December
Mazzy Star - Cry, Cry
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Urbanwear is a compilation which I picked up in Granton on Spey
It comes courtesy of Lee Jeans - the jeans which clothed America apparently.
Nine tracks from different American geographical locations.
Steve Wynn (Florida) and Aimee Mann (Virginia)are on the shelves and have previously featured so were not considered for selection today.
I've opted for The Posies (Seattle) and Angel Corpus Christi (San Francisco)
Barkmarket (Brooklyn), Urge Overkill (Chicago), Everclear (Portland), Buffalo Tom (Oklahoma) and The Swans (Dallas) failed to trouble the scorers
The Posies -Dream All Day
Angel Corpus Christi - Candy
Monday, 17 October 2016
My recent purchase of Rosie Thomas' 2002 debut When We Were Small on the Sub Pop label which I recently purchased in a Pitlochry charity shop has given me yet another cataloguing conundrum.
I have the follow up from 2003 Only With Laughter Can You Win filed in the Folk/Singer- Songwriter section but she would be equally at home in the Americana sector.
For what it's worth I think the debut is slightly better
than the follow up.
Whereas October may not necessarily be the best track on the album it would be somewhat churlish not to feature it at this point in time.
Rosie Thomas - Wedding Day
Rosie Thomas - October
Sunday, 16 October 2016
When I recently posted two tracks from The Essential Collection by Edwin Star Drew and Rol both very gently and politely took me to task for not featuring S.O.S.(Stop Her on Sight).
The reason was pretty simple - I didn't have it at the time.
That has since been rectified with the purchase of The Very Best of Northern Soul Volume 1 from a charity shop in Forres, my favourite town in Moray.
The version of Frank Wilson's Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) also comes from that 50p purchase and is not one of the only two original copies of the single one of which went for £25,732 in 2009
Edwin Starr -S.O.S. (Stop Her On Sight)
Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
Saturday, 15 October 2016
So here it is - the new series I threatened in my recent Byrds post and not nearly as original as the suggestions in the column box
The fact that there are about half a dozen Dylan songs on The Byrds Definitive Collection gave me the idea.
And let's face it given that he is probably the most covered artist in the world (or maybe second after The Beatles) there should by plenty to choose from
The idea is to compare and contrast the cover with the original
The default position is that Bob will invariably be better but there may be exceptions.
You of course my free to take issue with my pontifications.
It's only proper that we start with The Byrds
Verdict - in this instance the Nobel Prize winner is the winner yet again
Bob Dylan - All I Really Want to Do
The Byrds - All I Really Want to Do