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Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 35 - Riley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Riley Walker is a name that pops up from time to time in our little corner of the blogosphere. I think that Ramone has definately featured him and probably one of two others.
I thought that I would pick up the CD of Golden Sings That Have Been Sung from 2016 on Dead Oceans to see what all the fuss is about.
I'm still not entierly sure although I suspect that it is one that will benefit from a few listens and will almost certainly be a grower.Described as psychedelic rock or folk rock it is his third album. He seems to be pretty prolific given that he has released around ten albums since 2014.
To me there are some obvious comparisons to Jonathan Wilson and the stuff that Ripley Johnson is doing with the Rose City Band which I really like.
Maybe that's just The Halfwit in Me
Monday, 28 June 2021
No pressure then.
I couldn't not feature Flamingo after the blurb above and have also gone for Sweet Discontent with its woozy vocals and fierce guitars.
There is a compilation album Resort which features all the tracks from their three EPs Junk, Dross and Dregs
Sunday, 27 June 2021
Sunday, 20 June 2021
Saturday, 19 June 2021
Friday, 18 June 2021
Thursday, 17 June 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 32 -Bruce Springsteen -Wrecking Ball
The final CD from my recent Victoria Road haul and the 3rd by Bruce Springsteen. I would like to say that I have saved the best to last but unfortunately the opposite applies.
Bruce Springsteen has released 20 studio albums.Wrecking Ball from 2012 is his 17th and may very well be his worst. I only say maybe as I haven't heard 2014's High Hopes.
I can see where Springsteen haters are coming from when I listed to this one - shouty anthemic jingoistic numbers with little substance to them.. There is even a bit of ill advised rapping included for goodness sake.
I am maybe in a minority given that the lead song We Take Care of Our Own was nominated for three Grammy Awards and Rolling Stone deemed it to be the best album of 2012.
Bought to replace a burn and only the completist in me ensures that it is a keeper when it really shouldn't be.
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 31 - The Nonesuch Collection Vol 1
The second last CD from my Victoria Road haul is a compilation The Nonesuch Collection from 2006 and not surprisingly on the Nonesuch label.
The red stickery bit reads when a label is hot you can buy almost any record on it and you know you're getting a guarantee of quality.Elektra had it in the '60s and Island in the early '70s. Today without any hypee or hoopla, Nonesuch records has quietly taken up a similar position.
Hmm I can think of others more worthy of that accolade and I'm sure you can too.
Having said that I was quite surprised when I did a search to find how many albums from the label that I actually have.
16 songs on the album of which I only have two both of which have featured here before Heroes and Villains by Brian Wilson and Shot in the Arm by Wilco. Shot in the Arm has featured here twice before, once fairly recently, otherwise it would have been a stick on to feature.
It's quite an eclectic mix with a bit too much jazzy stuff for my liking. I've gone for These Four Walls by Shawn Colvin from her album of the same name and Here I Am by Emmylou Harris from her 2003 album Stumble Into Grace one I acquired and posted here in November 2020 but without sharing this song
Oh bugger it
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.
Monday, 7 June 2021
You can't have a Monday Folk Music series and not include Penguin Eggs the fifth and final studio album by Nic Jones from 1980 on the Topic label one of the go to labels for folk.
Penguin Eggs was voted the 2nd best folk album of all time on the BBC Radio 2 Mike Harding Folk Show - second only to Fairport Convention's Liege and Leaf.. It was also Melody Maker's folk album of the year in 1980 and was his last album as sadly a car crash in 1982 greatly restricted his ability to perform.
While not quite a concept album there is very much a nautical feel to many of the songs and it is pretty traditional in nature even although he puts his own stamp on them.
Allmusic has described the album as one of those rare records where not just every song, but each instrumental part is worth hearing
They are right there.
Sunday, 6 June 2021
Saturday, 5 June 2021
Friday, 4 June 2021
Mrs CC came in the other day with a number of CDs all of which were better than Soft Machine. Strange to believe but there you go.
One which is particularly good is Strange Kind of Love the second album from Glasgow legends Love and Money from 1988 on the Fontana label. There is a vinyl version of this on the shelves which again I think is down to Mrs CC.
The only other thing of theirs I have is a charity find Cheap Pearls and Whisky Dreams which is a Best Of and which includes 5 songs from this album including the 2 below.
At the time Love and Money were James Grant, Paul McGeechan, Bobby Paterson with Jeff Porcaro from Toto on drums. It was produced by Steely Dan's producer Gary Katz with an uncedited appearance by Donald Fagan.
Halleluiah Man was their first hit single with Jocelyn Square being a particular favourite of mine.
I suspect a few of you will enjoy this trip down memory lane.
Thursday, 3 June 2021
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Tuesday, 1 June 2021