Monday, 14 June 2021
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Friday, 11 June 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 29 - Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk
Over the last couple of years without really trying I have picked up a considerable chunk of Belle and Sebastian's back catalogue both albums and CD single/EPs in various charity shops.
This time round it is the turn of their 1996 debut Tigermilk originally on Electric Honey with subsequent re-releases on their own Jeepster label.
As I'm sure that many of you know Tigersmilk is the stuff of legend.Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David had enrolled in Glasgow's Stow College Beatbox programme for unemployed musicians under the tutorage of Alan Rankine of Associates fame. Tigermilk was recorded live over three days with a thousand vinyl copies on the College's Electric Honey label released. This interesting arcticle by Pitchfork states that copies were selling for as much as £850 in 1999 .There is one for sale on Discogs at the moment for £550
Needless to say I didn't pick up a copy of the original or even any of the subsequent vinyl re-releases but the 1999 CD version which you can pick up for a couple of quid.
Thursday, 10 June 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 28 - Broken Social Scene -You Forgot it in People
I've gone and done it again getting two acts confused. I'm putting it down to old age.
Previously we have had Wolfmother instead of Wolf Alice and more recently Soft Machine as opposed to The Soft Boys.
This time round instead of British Americana act The Broken Family Band we have the Canadian musical collective Broken Social Scene. Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning seem to be the main men with a large number of others featuring including Leslie Feist and Jason Collett who also enjoy solo careers.
From 2002 You Forgot it in People on the Arts & Crafts label was their second studio album and the one which brought their commercial breakthrough. Wiki advises that it features intricate, experimental production techniques and a large number of instruments coinciding with the band's vastly expanded size. It was critically well received and subsequently won the 2003 Alternative Album of the year in the Canadian Juno Awards.
Alternative and experimental it certainly is and I wasn't at all convinced after hearing the first couple of numbers. However, it did get gradually better although the jury is still out as to whether it is a keeper or not. A couple more listens are required.
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 27 - Birds (CD Single)
Birds is a CD single of a song which appears of Dreamlands the 5th album from Aztec Camera from 1993
One I picked up in a local charity shop back in March 2018
As was the way of things back in the 90's there were two different versions of the CD single released.CD 1 obviously had the title track plus Working in a Goldmine and Knife. Not bad but not in the same league as the one I picked up CD2 which as well as Birds features Somewhere in My Heart, Oblivious and Good Morning Britain.
I've got Oblivious on High Land Hard Rain and Somewhere in My Heart on Love and they have both graced these pages before. I think it is the first time that I have had Good Morning Britain which they recorded with Mick Jones in a physical format and for that reason alone that makes this a brilliant find.
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 26 - Bruce Springsteen - Magic
As one haul ends another one begins.
I took a trip to Some Great Reward a record/coffee shop on Glasgow's Victoria Road at the weekend where a couple of purchases were made. As they are relatively new records they will feature here in due course.
I visited the specialised Oxfam book and record shop and came away with nothing. However en route I visited Barnardos and came away with a reasonable haul.
Springsteen haters (you know who who you are) are advised to look away now as I took the opportunity to upgrade some of his later albums from burns to CD. One such upgrade album was Magic his 15th studio album from 2007 and as always on the Columbia label.
It was his first with the E Street band since 2002's The Rising and was ranked as number 2 on Rolling Stone's Top Fifty albums from 2007.It was reasonably well received by other critics.
I can't say it is one that I listen to all that often but it has some pretty good songs on it including the ridiculously catchy Girls in Their Summer Clothes.
A good upgrade.