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Monday, 31 October 2016
Last of the holiday purchases today and it is Sterotypes - a compilation of new music from Mojo magazine.
I used to subscribe to Uncut and bought Mojo regularly. Now I only ever buy them on holiday and even then I usually only go for one on the basis of what I think may be the best CD.
This edition's main article was on The Specials and Two Tone which was pretty interesting.
I've long been an admirer of Conor Oberst from as far back as his Bright Eyes days but have never got as far as acquiring one of his records. I really should right that wrong and I suspect that I could do worse than his new record Ruminations on the Nonsuch label on which the track below appears.
And now for something completely different as the Pythons might say - Acid Arab with Buzq Blues on an album called Musique de France on the Crammed Disc label. Formidable
Conor Oberst - Mamah Borthwick
Acid Arab - Buzq Blues
Sunday, 30 October 2016
I was all set to give you a couple of tracks from Country Got Soul Volume 2 today when I realised that I have never featured Volume 1.
Always best to do these things in chronological order I find.
From 2004 and on the Casual label out of London it is a wonderful collection of soulful country singers or should that be countryful soul singers.
Another one to file under my newly created in-betweenies sub genre
Featuring the likes of Dan Penn, George Soule, Jim Ford and artists with three names which I will feature in my often threatened but yet to be delivered artists with three names series.
Today you are getting the old silver fox himself Charlie Rich with his version of Hank Williams Hey Good Looking followed by the wonderful Donnie Fritts the man who wrote Breakfast in Bed made famous by Dusty Springfield and subsequently murdered by UB40.
Volume 2 next Sunday I suspect.
Charlie Rich - Hey Good Looking
Donnie Fritts - Short End of the Stick
Saturday, 29 October 2016
Bob fights back! A unanimous victory against last week's challengers The North Mississippi Allstars giving a score of Bob 1 Cover Artists 1
This week we feature a track from Time Out of Mind what I consider to be a new Bob Dylan album even though it dates back to 1997
Panic not - you are not getting Bob v Adele with Make You Feel My Love.
No rather you are getting Not Dark Yet with the competition this week coming from Robyn Hitccock and the Venus 3.
Now I know that Robyn is a massive Dylan fan and has covered many of his songs. He is also an artist that i greatly admire. But I'm afraid that his version is not on a par with Bob's
Others may choose to disagree although in this instance I suspect not
Bob Dylan - Not Dark Yet
Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 - Not Dark Yet
Friday, 28 October 2016
I'm not quite sure how this one will go down ( I know at least one regular reader who will be less than impressed!)
If you like it I'm happy to take the credit. If not, blame my brother as this is another one of his.
From 2007 and on Raucous Records a 14 track compilation featuring 13 Rockabilly acts (The Farrell Brothers appear twice ) covering 13 Clash classics (Guns of Brixton appearing twice)
For your listening pleasure I have opted for one of the versions of Guns of Brixton by The Honeydippers and Train in Vain by The Sabrejets.
Something similar may appear next week - you have been warned!
The Honeydippers - Guns of Brixton
The Sabrejets - Train in Vain
Thursday, 27 October 2016
In 1989 1 picked up a sampler album called A Full Head of Steam.
One of the tracks I Walk Alone by a band called Bliss impressed me so much that I sought out their album Love Prayer.
Step forward to 2016 and I stumble on a CD by Bliss in a charity shop in Forres.
Ya beauty I thought but my joy was unfortunately short lived.
Turns out it was not the same band at all but a collection of songs inspired by the teachings and practice of Raja Yoga meditation which is taught for free throughout the world by the Brahma Kunaris World Spiritual University
Given Forres' close proximity to the wonderful Findhorn Foundation this should not have come as too much of a surprise.
The CD will either be recycled or will find it's way to Mrs CC's Zen Zone
Two tracks from Bliss mark 1 including the aforementioned and previously featured I Walk Alone and one from Bliss mark 2
Bliss (89) - I Hear You Call
Bliss (89) - I Walk Alone
Bliss (03) - Thank You
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Until recently the only Grandaddy record I had was The Broken Down Comforter Collection which is pretty patchy at best.
It kind of put me off acquiring any more of their stuff although. I have often seen their second studio album from 2000 The Sophtware Slump and swithered about purchasing it.
I finally took the plunge in a charity shop in Callander and I'm glad I did as it is infinitely better than TBDCC.
Another cataloguing conundrum in that I currently have them filed under Americana whereas they clearly have much more in common with bands such as Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips who currently reside in the Indie/Pop section.
They are shortly scheduled to release their first album since 2006.
Grandaddy - Hewlett's Daughter
Grandaddy - Broken Household Appliance National Forest
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
What is it about Dundonian men and their berets? I suspect that you couldn't walk the length of the Nethergate without bumping into a male beret wearer.
This post popped into my non- beret wearing head for two reasons - the recent purchase of Candy Philosophy an album by Michael Marra in the aforementioned Thrift Shop in Aberfeldy and a comment I placed on The Chain currently the best thing on the Internet about the beret wearing habits of Billy Mackenzie of Associates fame
It then struck me that Mike Watson or Baron Watson of Invergowrie was seldom seen in the stands of Tannadice without his beret..His career suffered an ignominy with a conviction for wilful fire raising here hence my final choice of song
Michael Marra - Johnny Halliday
Associates - Club Country
The Prodigy - Firestarter
Monday, 24 October 2016
I heard this on 6 Music the other day when I was off work and feeling poorly and I thought I should share it with you.
If you are a fan of Half Man Half Biscuit, and who isn't, this may well appeal to you.
The Humdrum Express is Ian Passey from downtown Kidderminster.
This song is available free on Bandcamp and he also has a number of tracks available to download on Soundcloud.
This song namechecks Sam Smith and TV Smith only one of whom features on the shelves.
The Humbrum Express - Leopard Print Onesie
The Adverts - No Time To Be 21
Sunday, 23 October 2016
I think that last week's featured album The Very Best of Northern Soul Volume 1 merits a further visit.
For two reasons - one - it is fantastic and two - I am struggling for things to put on this series which has now been running for the best part of three years
First up we have Erma Franklin (big sister of Aretha) with her version of a song made famous by Jackie Wilson namely (I Get The) Sweetest Feeling.
Then we feature the man himself shockingly making his debut on these pages.
Both songs written by Van McCoy and Alicia Evelyn.
Erma Franklin - ( I Get The) Sweetest Feeling
Jackie Wilson - I've Lost You
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Well the first week saw a decisive victory for the Byrds.
The score so far then is Bob Dylan 0 Cover Artists 1
In the week that he was finally awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature it is probably fitting that we go for a magnificent song from a magnificent album with a magnificent title.
From the masterpiece that is Blonde on Blonde here is Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.
A somewhat more obscure cover this week as it is covered by Hill Country Bluesmen North Mississippi Allstars.
Or perhaps it should be the North Mississippi Upstarts for having the audacity to take this on.
My tuppence worth - I like the way they have put their own stamp on the song but it's Bob for me all day long.
Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
North Mississippi Allstars - Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
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 Heartbreakers 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
Friday, 14 October 2016
Finding a female rockabilly performer who is not called Wanda Jackson or Imelda May can be a bit of a challenge. Cue a long list of names in the comments section.
Until then I give you Rose Maddox who as a solo artist and with the Maddox Brothers and Rose comes from a Country background.
Hillbilly music however is a close cousin of rockabilly so she is featuring today given that she features on both Columbia Rockabilly Volumes 1 and 2
Rose Maddox - Hey Little Dreamboat
Rose Maddox - Wild Wild Young Men
Thursday, 13 October 2016
It seemed a bit incongruous spotting Seamonsters by The Wedding Present amongst the usual suspects in the Highland Hospice charity shop in Portree, Skye.
I felt that it was my duty to liberate it from such surroundings.
Excellent stuff if a bit earmelting in places which is only to be expected with Steve Albini behind the controls
I've mentioned before that I was somewhat late to the Wedding (Present) Party but my lovely fellow bloggers have helped to broaden my horizons.
The bracketed Cockney Rebel cover is included as one of a very generous eight bonus tracks.
The Wedding Present - Dalliance
The Wedding Present - Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
You know what it's like when you go on holiday and return with that bottle of Cypriot brandy which tasted fantastic when you were over there but doesn't seem quite the same when you get back home.
Such was my experience with Drever Mackenzie a purchase from Portree, Skye's largest settlement.
A pleasant enough listen but not quite the same as listening to it whilst negotiating Skye's stunning Trotternish peninsula.
The Drever in question is not Kris but his old man Ivan with the Mackenzie being fellow Wolfstone member Wayne.
From 1997 it was erroneously re-issued as a Wolfstone recording under the new title The Strange Place
Drever Mackenzie - Till I Sleep
Drever Mackenzie - Banks of the Ness
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
In most collections Astrid would be catalogued in alphabetical order next to yesterday's featured artists Aswad - but not on the CCM shelves - oh no.
Astrid are filed under Indie/Pop and Aswad on the other side of the room under Reggae.
However as No Reason the Astrid CD I now have is a single it is filed in the strictly alphabetical CD singles section. It would be adjacent to Aswad if I had any of their singles but is in fact in between Asian Dub Foundation and Attic Lights. Glad we cleared that up.
I had vaguely heard of Astrid a Glasgow band with strong ties to the Isle of Lewis. I then saw a terrific documentary on BBC Alba about their singer Willie Campbell who left the band after mental health and alcohol problems returning to Lewis where he has successfully re-built his life and is now playing music again.
From 1998 and recently purchased in Callander a tourist town in the Trossachs it is a rather splendid piece of indie pop.
My burning software has erroneously attributed this to Shetland musician Astrid Williamson so apologies if her name pops up.
Astrid - No Reason
Astrid - Standing in Line
Astrid - See the Sun
Monday, 10 October 2016
Back from my travels with the usual mixed bag of nonsense to torment you with in the forthcoming days.
If you every get the chance to visit Tomintoul you should do so.
It is a lovely village in the Cairngorm National Park, at least 15 miles away from anywhere else and reached via quite magnificent scenery.The first place in the UK to get cut off by snow every year and when you see the roads up the mountains you can see why.
I also returned with a 10 year old malt from the local distillery.
No charity shops though but don't worry we found plenty elsewhere.
First off the pleasant seaside town of Nairn where the Greatest Hits of British reggae lite band Aswad was purchased.
Not totally convinced that it is a keeper.
My pal Raymie Boff and I saw them once at Govan Town Hall as part of the much missed Mayfest festival.
They opened the doors towards the end and a squad of Glasgow urchins piled in and strutted their stuff down the front!
The highlight of the evening.
Aswad - Don't Turn Around
Aswad - Give a Little Love
Sunday, 9 October 2016
The other weekend Mrs CC randomly selected Joss Stone's Mind Body and Soul for an airing
From 2004 it is her second album and the follow up to her 2003 debut The Soul Sessions.
It is no Soul Sessions.That soulful voice is still there but you can see the beginnings of her moving from out and out soul to more poppy R&B.
As such it is in danger of getting a bit X Factor in places
Fortunately Mike Managini, Steve Greenberg and the great Betty Wright are still behind the controls and just about hold it together
They are not involved on her third Introducing Joss Stone and it shows
Joss Stone - Right to be Wrong
Joss Stone - You Had Me
Saturday, 8 October 2016
The last in the Holiday Hiatus series as we are winding our way back home today.
Like half the world I purchased the first two Oasis albums Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and then nothing else by them.
And like half the world I haven't listened to them in ages.
Here is a track from each of them
Oasis - Cigarettes & Alcohol
Oasis - She's Electric
Friday, 7 October 2016
My gal is red hot
Your gal ain't doodly squat
Three rockabilly gems for you today from Billy Lee Riley
Taken from The Legendary Sun Records Story Volume 2 - one song from each of the three discs in chronological order as that's the way we like to do things at CCM
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Some 60's psychedelic folk for you today courtesy of The Byrds
Taken from the Definitive Collection - 25 tracks but only one from Sweetheart of the Rodeo one of the top 10 albums of all time.
Something wrong there surely.
This post has given me an idea for a new series - stay tuned
The Byrds - Eight Miles High
The Byrds - Mr Spaceman
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Unplug the jukebox and do us all a favour
Two early songs from Adam and the Ants today from before it all got rather silly.
Written by him alone with no contribution from Marco Pirroni who has a hand in most of the camper numbers.
Dirk are you still wearing White Sox?
If so, don't worry - ridicule is nothing to be scared of
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
From one extreme to another.
Yesterday the raw energy of the White Stripes today the melancholiness of Nick Drake
Yet another artist who found more fame dead than alive although how he would have dealt with it is anyone's guess.
I've just found out that Solid Air by John Martyn is for and about Nick Drake
Nick Drake - Cello Song
Nick Drake - Fruit Tree
Monday, 3 October 2016
The dymamic duo of SWC and Badger recently featured the White Stripes in their excellent but never elitist WYCRA 200
This got me thinking that I should listen to and feature them more often.
So seeing as how their songs are usually short here are two from White Blood Cells and one from Elephant
The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba
The White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Sunday, 2 October 2016
Well you didn't have to wait long for the third and final instalment of the Stevie Wonder masterpiece triumvirate the ambitious and wonderful double album from 1976 Songs in the Key of Life
Here is Sir Duke his tribute to Duke Ellington and other Jazz legends followed by Pastime Paradise famously reworked by Coolio as Gangsta's Paradise
For a brilliant in depth appreciation see 1001 Songs
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder - Pastime Paradise
Saturday, 1 October 2016
Shockingly The Jam have never featured on these pages before.
Time to right that wrong.
A band who have produced around twenty singles which would all merit a mention.
For me, however, it is difficult to see past these two which you will all be familiar with
The Jam - Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
The Jam - The Eton Rifles