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Monday, 21 May 2018

Things Have Gone to Pieces

One of the albums I took for the car on our recent trip was the one above - Pay the Devil a 2006 album by Van Morrison on the Lost Highway label.It contains 12 covers of Country standards and three originals.

I bought in on e-Bay  only to receive a burnt copy something which was not highlighted  on the site when I bought it.
It really annoyed me at the time and if I'm honest  it still rankles now.
There are lots of sleekit people out there hiding behind a screen.

Anyway the reason for today's post is that one of the covers is Things Have Gone to Pieces yet another brilliant song written by Leon Payne.
The Grumpy Irishman's version is not bad but pales into insignificance when compared to that of George Jones.
I know that George appeared here only recently but I make no apology for featuring him again.

Van sings the song. George lives the song.

Van Morrison - Things Have Gone to Pieces

George Jones - Things Have Gone To Pieces

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Givin' It Back

Something fairly stunning for you today.
From the 1971 album Givin' it Back by The Isley Brothers . An album so called after a number of rock stars playing their songs they decided to return the compliment by featuring songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Stephen Stills.
And then there is this  slab of social commentary weighing in at 9 minutes and 13 seconds starting with Neil Young's Ohio and morphing into Jimi Hendrix' Machine Gun.

You will not hear anything better today

The Isley Brothers - Ohio/ Machine Gun

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Slim Pickings

He's back! But with slim pickings I'm afraid.
A couple of reasons.
The glorious weather necessitated sitting outside seaside bars in Portpatrick rather than trawling the charity shops of Stranraer. When we did on the one cloudy day there was not much on offer.
However you know that I don't like to come away empty handed.
Two Uncut compilations were acquired in the Dumfries and Galloway Mental Health Association shop for 50p plus a 50p donation.
So Real is from June 2013 and has no real standout tracks. So I've gone for one old favourite and one new to me.
The old favourite is the great man himself Robyn Hitchcock with the radio edit of Be Still a song from his Love From London album on Yep Roc.
The new to me is by Marnie Stein a New York  singer songwriter and guitarist and is taken from the wonderfully titled The Chronicles of Marnia  album on the equally wonderfully titled Kill Rock Stars record label.

Slim Pickings 2 next Saturday.

Robyn Hitchcock - Be Still (Radio Edit)

Marnie Stein - Noonan

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Some Memphis Soul

Last Sunday's slab of soul from Irma Thomas out of New Orleans was well received.
Therefore you are getting some more today albeit we are moving up river to Memphis where we are meeting up with Ann Peebles.
Ann produced a number of soul albums in the 70's for the great Hi Records label which at the time was run by Willie Mitchell
Give Me Some Credit is from 1969 and was her second single written by band leader Oliver Sain from her native St Louis who she was performing with she signed for Hi
 99 Lbs   from 1971 was written by Hi's leading songwriter Don Bryant who she subsequently married in 1974.
Along with DJ Bernard Miller they are both credited with 1973's I Can't Stand the Rain which was her most commercial hit charting on both the American R&B and pop charts and also the lower reaches of the UK charts

Ann Peebles - Give Me Some Credit

Ann Peebles - 99lbs

Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand The Rain

Nothing to see here for a few days as I am off replenishing the batteries and hopefully the music

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The Blues Collection -B.B. King

The second of the  three Blues Collection CDs which Mrs CC recently acquired for me is by B.B. King and is imaginatively entitled The King of the Blues - do you see what they did there?
Number 2 in the series after John Lee Hooker at number 1 so they were getting a number of the big hitters out the way when the series was still fresh.
I must admit that I find the majority of the tracks on the CD to be a bit disappointing given the vast range of material and performances available out there.
If it was your first introduction to the great man you might not go back for a second bite of the cherry.
A lot of it is at the jazz noodley end of the spectrum which is not really for me and there is an unhealthy dose of misogyny which I suppose is of it's time.
It is however partly redeemed by a couple of numbers where he and his trusty guitar Lucille actually get down to playing the Blues

B.B. King - The Letter

B.B King - Recession Blues

Friday, 11 May 2018

The Gracious Losers

We are off to see The Gracious Losers  tonight in the Glad Cafe in Shawlands as part of the Southside Fringe Festival.
They are yet another band from the Last Night From Glasgow stable and this event also launches their second single Moonlight Parade.
They are a 9 piece band led by Jonathan Lilley who also is part of Sister John and also feature members who have played with Thrum, God Help the Girl and the Parsonage. In short a Glasgow super collaborative.

I am looking forward to a return visit to the Glad Cafe. It is probably the nearest music venue to our house but we have only been once before to see Eleanor McEvoy.

From the little I have heard  they have a rootsy country feel about them and I am eagerly awaiting the release of their debut album The Last of the Gracious Losers which is scheduled for the end of August.

Here is the debut single Where the River Meets the Sea.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Elizabeth McQueen & the FireBrands

Austin based band Elizabeth McQueen & the FireBrands have featured on these pages a couple of times before with tracks from their pub rock tribute album Happy Doing What We're Doing
It is quite interesting to hear an American band paying tribute to the likes of Graham Parker, Rockpile, Dr Feelgood and Eggs Over Easy. Oh, and yet another female  fronted act covering Elvis with a version of Almost Blue.

On the back of that one I sought out their previous and debut album from 2004 The Fresh Up Club. A touch of pub rock here and there but more of a honky- tonk feel to it with the main subjects being heartbreak and regret.
I would put this one down as pretty average with a couple of reasonable songs in the one's posted below. The second one is co-written by  the great Robbie Fulks who knows his country music.

Elizabeth McQueen & the FireBrands - Lyin'

Elizabeth McQueen & the FireBrands - You Shouldn't Have