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Monday, 23 May 2022

Keeping Up With the Jonses - Sharon

 


The final Jones on the shelves is the late great Sharon who sadly died from cancer in November 2016 aged just 60.

She was the pocket rocket front woman of the band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings who recorded about half a dozen albums on the great Daptone label from Brooklyn. Incredibly she only released her first album at the age of 40 but she left an impressive legacy in a relatively short period of time.

Sadly I never got to see her live.I'm sure that she and the band would have put on a great show. I've just read that she was sometimes referred to as a female James Brown but she was a far nicer person than him. Shortly before she died she suffered a stroke attributing it to the election of Donald Trump!James Brown would probably have voted for him had he still been alive.

That's the last physical Jones on the shelves but I have got a good few digitally so this series will continue albeit in a slightly different format.

Sharon Jones & the Dap- Kings - What Have You Done For Me Lately?

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Give it Back

Sharon Jones & the Dap- Kings - Wild Horses


Sunday, 22 May 2022

Albums on both Vinyl and CD - Standing on a Beach

 


New series alert.

My recent CD purchase of Combat Rock plus my on-going cataloguing has highlighted that there are a number of albums on the shelves which I have in both vinyl and CD format.I've not counted them but I think that there are in excess of 30 which should make for a reasonable series that shouldn't involve too much work on my part. Also they cover a variety of formats which is good and I will  post them in a reasonably random way

It some cases there may well be a rational explanation as to why there are two copies and if so I shall share that with you. In a few cases there will be no explanation that I can think of and that will be fine too.

Let's start then with Standing on a Beach-The Singles by The Cure from 1985 on the Fiction label. It does what it says on the tin -13 singles from between 1978 and 1985 on the vinyl album and 17 on the CD. For some that would be a good enough reason to acquire both but not in this case.

I'm not 100% sure on this one but I think the vinyl came from a pile belonging to Mrs CC and her sister when her mum was moving house. I think that the CD also came from Mrs CC's sister (suggesting that she was the fan)  as I got their CD collection when they went digital. I'm beginning to sound a bit like George there in acquiring other people's records.

For the record I quite like the Cure but I've never got round to picking up anything by them and these two versions of Staring at the Sea will probably suffice.

More next Sunday

The Cure -Charlotte Sometimes

The Cure - In Between Days


Saturday, 21 May 2022

Seen at King Tuts - Sparklehorse

 


Sparklehorse

Monday 12th October   1998                           £7.50         Ticket No: 00622


As you can see from the ticket this show had been moved from The Arches to King Tuts. I'm not sure wither this represented an upgrade or downgrade. The latter I suspect although the Arches had a variety of areas of differing size where shows could be held.

I  went to see this one on the back of the album Good Morning Spider which had been released at the end of July 1998 and is the only thing of theirs that I have.* My cataloguing has now reached S which sort of prompted me to feature this at this stage of proceedings.

I went to this one with an American student called Stacey who we had met at a Victoria Williams concert which was also at Tuts. I can't find the ticket for that one so it will not feature in this series.

Sparklehorse was the band of singer and multi- instrumentalist Mark Linkous. In 1996 he suffered a near fatal overdose passing out with his legs pinned beneath him which cut off the circulation.iit was over 14 hours before he was discovered and the resulting potassium build up caused his heart to stop for several minutes.The resulting surgery led to him being confined to a wheelchair for several months.

As well as his physical ailments he had a history of depression and sadly completed suicide in March 2010 at the age of 47

His music has been described as exporing themes of frustration,resignation,wonder and gratitude. Throw in some distortion  and static and electronic squiggly bits and it can be a hard listen but its worth it. There is certainly an Americana feel to his singing which obviously is no bad thing with obvious comparisons to the likes of Mercury Rev and Grandaddy

From memory it was loud but I enjoyed it 

*I've just discovered that I also have a copy of  their 2001  follow up album It's a Wonderful Life which I was totally unaware that I had. It seems that I picked it up from a local Charity Shop.I'm off to listen to it now

Sparklehorse - Sick of Goodbyes

Sparklehorse -Box of Stars (Part One)

Sparklehorse -Cruel Sun

Friday, 20 May 2022

"Classic Rock" - Canned Heat

 



2022 Charity Shop Purchases 26  -Canned Heat  - Let's Work Together - The Best of Canned Heat

Maybe this should more properly read " Classic Blues Rock" . I'm only really familiar with the songs below and am slowly working through the 20 tracks . I've yet to pluck up the courage to listen to the last track - The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks with Canned Heat. I suspect that it may be last for a reason.

The band formed in Los Angeles in 1965 and remarkably a version of the band is still on the go  with drummer  Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra the only member from the original line up. The vast majority of the tracks are taken from their first five albums released on Liberty Records between 1966 and 1970

They performed Blues standards alongside their own material.Their two most famous songs are re-hashes of early Blues numbers.Going Up the Country is a remake of the Henry Thomas song Bull Doze Blues first recorded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1927. On the Road Again is a remake of the 1953 Floyd Jones song of the same name which in turn is reportedly based on the Tommy Johnson song Big Road Blues recorded in 1928. An American version of Led Zeppelin then!

At the moment I'm leaning down the keeper road.

Canned Heat - On The Road Again

Canned Heat -Let's Work Together

Canned Heat - Going Up the Country

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Hear Comes a Riddle, Here Comes a Clue


I played 77 the debut album by Talking Heads for the first time in ages the other day and what a fantasic album it is too. 11 tracks ,just under 20 minutes per side and not a duff note  let alone track anywhere.

45 years old for goodness sake  and still as fresh as a daisy - just like the picture of Martina Weymouth (as she was billed then),Jerry Harrison, David Byrne and Chris Frantz on the back cover


It set a very high bar which the next three albums More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music and Remain in Light and not forgetting the live albums The Name of This Band is Talking Heads and  the brilliant Stop Making Sense just about managed to  live up to.

After that it was a case of diminishing returns for the final 5 albums although Speaking in Tongues and Little Creatures still have their moments.

Here are the first tracks from both sides. I could have chosen any of the 11 and they would have been equally as good.

Talking Heads - Uh - Oh, Love Comes to Town

Talking Heads - The Book I Read
 

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

The Household Clearance cds. Part 3

 

George writes

This is, I think, the 4th time I have been given someone’s record collection. The first time was when a friend went to live in Germany, and gave me his entire collection of albums and singles. I did take some to him at his request, on a visit (to Bremen). Of the  remaining albums I kept a few for myself, and sold the rest. But I still have his collection of 7-inch singles.


On to the next two blind selections, which are a pair that I could never imagine myself buying First up, it’s “Sucessos de 1998” on the “nova gente” label. I think it’s fair to say that this is not the kind of thing that finds its way onto these pages. But, dear reader(s), I have listened to it all, and was surprised that I recognised a couple of tunes, the one immediately below, that theme tune from Titanic, and one of the two Spice Girls songs. I don’t see the need for an mp3 of any of these, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to snaffle a copy for a collection, but they are perfectly decent pop songs:


The album has songs by some artistes I had never heard of: Aqua, The Rhapsody, Sweetfox, whose contributions, frankly, were bloody awful.


I like my pop songs up-beat, so those heartfelt songs by Ms Dion and Boyzone do nothing for me (Oh Vienna). Apart from irritate. Although not as much as something totally bland like the Lighthouse Family track, remarkably forgettable whilst actually being listened to.  The Sweetfox track has borrowed from Whiter Shade of Pale or J S Bach, and although the former was joint best pop song of all time (1952-1977) this effort will never be afforded any accolade. They were also very insistent that “everything was going to be alright” and indeed it was, when the song finished. The final  track is by Ricky Martin and sounds like a remarkably poor rehash of his famous song whose name  I really cannot be bothered finding out. Here’s the other acceptable track:


If anyone wants a copy, you will either have to ask me to send it to you, or work very very hard to source it. Well, it’s not on discogs.

Next out is an album that suggests it is the best music from Brasil. I’ve played it. I hope the title is not accurate. I would describe most of the first 9 tracks as belonging to the genre of bossa nova, so a new wave album! But not the new wave of last week, of course.  For the most part those songs are nearly listenable (and track 7 has really grown on me),  but, alas, things go from bad to worse with the onset of track 10, which is an annoyingly bad samba-style song. 


Here’s the aforementioned quite good, almost, track 7:


Fagner - Borbulhas de amor (eu tenho um coração)


I think the title means Love Bubbles (or Bubbles of Love), and not Love Pimples (or Love Plukes to the scottish contingent). But if it’s a song about sexual incontinence  it could be the latter. And here’s a track with Flaco-type accordion flourishes:


Fafá de Belém - Nuvem de lágrimas


Track 11 is not great; it is possible the compiler(s) ran out of steam. Or maybe it was a case of CBA. Track 12 sounds as if the singer is more unfamiliar with the Portuguese language than me, given her pronunciation, and that is taking into account that she could be Brazilian. Anyway, I’ve decided to play the first 9 again to pick out something. This seems to have inspired our dog to go into a shed and eat something from the cat litter tray. Is this his  way of commenting on the quality of the music he has listened to? 


The majority of songs have left me in a cloud of tears, nevermind Fafá

This too is a hard-to-find album. Unless you’re in my music room, and let me tell you this, that would  cause me no end of stress, I don’t even like my partner being in that room, nevermind some internet stalker type.

There’s a series of these “O melhor da música internacional”, and maybe this Household Clearance collection contains more. Part of me would really like to see what the Country and the Soul collections contain. We shall see.


CC writes

I'm sure the readers are greatful to George for introducing The Spice Girls and Natalie Imbruglia to these pages

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Combat Rock Turns Forty

 


2022 Charity Shop Purchases 25 - The Clash - Combat Rock

Combat Rock the fifth and the last worth having album by the Clash turned 40 on Saturday.
As is the way of these things a 40th anniversary issue called Combat Rock/The People's Hall is scheduled for release on Friday 
It contains an additional 12 tracks with the two collaborations with the late Ranking Roger the most interesting.






Again as is the way of these things a vinyl copy of the album will cost you in the region of £45 to £50 quid. That is a bit too steep for me. I did, however, somewhat coincidentally last Friday fork out a quid in a charity shop for a CD copy of the album to accompany the vinyl copy which I got when it was released.
You will all be aware of the three big singles  from the album but the other nine tracks are also pretty damn good. Here are a couple of them.







Monday, 16 May 2022

Keeping Up With the Joneses - Tom

 


The second last individual Jones before we continue with multiple Jones and who better to feature than a knight of the realm. Steady ladies - it is the one and only Sir Tom Jones

From 1999 on the Gut label the album Reload has somehow found its way onto the shelves. It is the one where he does duets with various artists . Just be grateful that I haven't decided to include Simply Red, Robbie Williams or the Stereophonics. There are some depths to which even I will not stoop.Remarkably it was the highest selling album of his long and illustrious career.

The first two sons below are taken from this album  with the third song Evil, a Howling Wolf song, being a collaboration with Jack White from 2012 as part of a Blues Series on Third Man Records

I thought that I had a copy of his version of Delilah but no. The only versions I have are by Jon Langford & Sally Timms with the Pine Valley Cosmonauts and by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. That's a post for another day.

Tom Jones(ft the Cardigans - Burning Down the House)

Tom Jones (ft Cerys Matthews) - Baby It's Cold Outside

Tom Jones (ft Jack White) Evil



Sunday, 15 May 2022

No Depression #62 - Kris Kristofferson

 


No Depression - The Bi-monthly Journal of Alt- Country
#62 March -April 2006

Today sees the final instalment of this series. We started out on 15th August last year with #32 March -April 2001 featuring Billy Joe Shaver
30 additions later we reach March -April 2006 with the great Kris Kristofferson as cover star.
The date symmetry is nothing more than a fortunate coincidence. It just seemed like a good place to stop. It wasn't cheap importing this magazine from the States and I wasn't devouring it as thoroughly as I used to.
This series has resulted in me opening most of them for the first time in years. I must confess that I haven't gone through them in any depth and I am now faced with the quandary as to whether I keep them or either try to sell them or give them away.

The lead article notionally features This Old Time a 2006 album by Kris on New West Records. I don't have it but it seems that it takes a retrospective and reflective look at what he deems to be the most important elements of his life and the article goes down those roads.
Many of you will be familiar with the back story - Rhodes scholar to Oxford , helecopter pilot, disowned by his family for working as a janitor while trying to pursue a musical career, meeting Johnny Cash, marrying Rita Coolidge, becoming famous.

There are those who would say that his best song is Me and Bobby McGhee but that is a bit like saying Glen Campbell's best song is Rhinestone Cowboy when the dogs in the street know it is actually Wichita Lineman.
No, Kris' best by a country mile is Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down and I'm willing to fight anyone who thinks differently. The Pilgrim:Chapter 33 also gives a fairly good whistlestop tour of his lifestyle back in the day.
We had the privilege of seeing him very briefly on two occasions at Celtic Connections in 2016 when he did a cameo appearance with The Chieftains and a few songs as part of the Roaming Roots Review.He was quite frail as he had been suffering from Lyme disease but he still had a huge aura and presence.

For my final One from the Top I'm going for Calexico as a fine example of Alt Country.

I enjoyed doing this series (hope you did to) but am quite glad that its now over.





Saturday, 14 May 2022

Seen at King Tuts - Chuck Prophet

 


Chuck Prophet

Saturday 21st June    2003                           £12 .00         Ticket No: GA2  29

Saturday 16th  April   2005                           £12.00         Ticket No:  GA2  21


My ticket tin tells me that I have seen Chuck Prophet twice at King Tuts, thrice if you include Green on Red. I think that I have seen him there more often as he regularly appeared in Glasgow and was one of those artists that you would always go and see.

On one occasion I witnessed him getting an electric shock as the guitar wires touched the mic. If he thought he was going to get any sympathy from a Glasgow audience he was in for a shock (do you see what I did there?) as they were too busy slagging off his shirt.

I've also seen him in Austin as guitarist to Alejandro Escovedo in a couple of blistering concerns at the Continental Club a venue held by many in the same regard as Tuts.

I saw him more recently at Cottiers. When I say recently I've just checked and it was actually September 2018. That still seems recent to me. He was pretty disappointing and was blown away be support act Jesse Malin.

No such problems at the shows listed above when him and his band were firing out great tracks from albums such as Feast of Hearts (1995) and Homemade Blood (1997) and  in the case of 2005 Age of Miracles (2004)  from which these songs below are taken

Chuck Prophet - Longshot Lullaby

Chuck Prophet - Til You Came Along

Chuck Prophet - Pin a Rose on Me


Friday, 13 May 2022

"Classic Rock" - Frank Zappa

 


2022 Charity Shop Purchases #24 - Frank Zappa - The Best of Frank Zappa

The next Best of from the Newton Stewart Sue Ryder haul is The Best of Frank Zappa a CD from 2004 on the Rykodisc label

I knew a guy who had over 40 Zappa albums. He had also worked as a dentist which therefore made him a sadist as well as a masochist.

Was Frank Zappa a genius or a chancer?I'm veering towards the latter . While there are a couple of  good songs on this album there is also a lot of nonsence much of which is pretty misogynistic in nature. Described by Robert Christgau pretty accurately  as sexist adolescent drivel  There could be an argument that it is of its time but I can't think of too many other acts who came away with as many (possibly intentional) offensive songs as him.

For this reason and the fact that most of the music does not impress me much this one will not be a keeper which is a pity as it would have taken the Zs on the shelves into double figures.( 5 Warren Zevon, 3 Zutons and 1 Andrea Zonn if you are interested)

Here are two of the non offensive and better songs

Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage

Frank Zappa -Valley Girl

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Golden Mile

 


The second album that I picked up from the Wigtown Emporium was Golden Mile the third album by pub rockers Kursaal Flyers released in 1976 on CBS.

Given the discount I effectively got this album for nothing and there is perhaps an argument that I was over charged.. I bought it on the basis that it included their only single that troubled the charts namely Little Does She Know from November 1976 which spent 10 weeks in the charts peaking at number 14.
The rest of the album is not much cop although a reviewer on Amazon described it as  one of the classiest and most diverse pop albums of the 1970s

They were from Souithend-on- Sea  and named after an amusement arcade with  their earlier stuff having been described as having more of a country rock feel to it .They were led by singer Paul Shuttleworth.

A couple of fun facts. The album was produced by Mike Batt of Wombles fame. The band's drummer and one of their main songwriters Will Burch subsequently wrote the excellent No Sleep Till Canvey Island - the Great Pub Rock Revolution and more recently Cruel to be Kind the biography of Nick Lowe.

Here is a more detailed blurb about the band



Wednesday, 11 May 2022

The House Clearance cds part 2

 


George writes:

It occurred to me after submitting the last piece that some of you might have the impression that the box pictured last week was filled with cds. It is not. I think it’s about a quarter full, at most. Anyway, I stuck my arm in and the next thing out was a Neil Diamond album.  That’s his real name too. The album is Neil Diamond His 12 Greatest Hits. They could well be, as that dire dirge Love On The Rocks is absent, and that inane Forever in Blue Jeans. So I’ll whip  it out and give it a play,

I’ve almost thrown it out after the first 10 seconds. It’s a live recording, and there’s no indication about this on any of the notes. I feel conned. Then again, I didn’t buy it. I feel conned on behalf of the person who did buy it for €6.93.. And now track 3 is sticking, and despite some vigorous rubbing It won’t stop, so you’re not getting Shilo (the few seconds I heard were not promising) I do like this, though


Neil Diamond - Holy Holly


As for the remaining tracks, I wonder if the studio recordings (most tracks) are of lesser known tracks, and  I’m sure this is a re-recording, but it’s very well done:


Neil Diamond - Song Sung Blue


Not a keeper. But I found out that it is perfectly decent listening for hanging out the cuecas to.*


The next one is also not a keeper, but that’s because I have most if not all the tracks already. It’s called The Best Of New Wave, and is a 2cd set.



More than a plethora of very well-known tracks. This is one that really stood out for me, it sounds absolutely tremendous still, 42 or 43 years after being recorded, great music and production:


Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno


And there’s this, which is new to me:


Fischer Z - So Long


And a whole host of other great tracks amongst the 33. (Of course that does not include the Jam song).  Actually, maybe a keeper, for the car.

The Fischer Z song  is NOT a cover version of this:



*My ignorance is for you all to see; you can find out the actualité at wiki, here.


More next week, CC?


CC writes:

Why not.

Val had volume 2 of that Neil Diamond compilation where Love on the Rocks appears!


Tuesday, 10 May 2022

The Affectionate Punch

 


Along with a myriad of bookshops in Wigtown there is a vintage and retro curiosity shop called the Wigtown Emporium
As well as all the knick knacks they sell second hand CDs and Vinyl. It is a wee bit overpriced but when the owner said he would be willing to give me a discount I picked out a couple of records.

One was The Affectionate Punch by the Associates. If you don't recognise the cover above that is because it is the 1982 remix and reissue on their new label Warner Brothers. It retained the old tracks, albeit in a different order, but was given some 80's production with some new synths and  some re-recorded vocals by Billy Mackenzie. Both Billy and Alan Rankine expressed dissatisfaction with the results and you can maybe see why. It is of its time but one  that I would argue  is still worth having.

It joins Fourth Door Down and Sulk on the shelves.

Associates -The Affectionate Punch

Associates - A Matter of Gender

Monday, 9 May 2022

Keeping Up With the Joneses - Norah


 The one you've all been waiting for - well maybe some of you!

In the early 00's on one of my trips to Austin for SXSW my friend Tom Hamilton went to Waterloo Records for an in-store to hear a relatively unknown artist Norah Jones. Within a year or so following the release of Come Away With Me she was absolutely huge.

Perhaps she had a head start over a number of other wanabees given that her father is the well known musician and frient of the Beatles Ravi Shankar.

Her music is a mellow bland of country, soul, folk and jazz. It must be said that Mrs CC is much more of a fan than me. However, there is no denying that she has a good voice and I do like her interpretation of Hank Williams Cold, Cold Heart.

Following Come Away With Me she has released a further seven solo albums and a number of collaborations.along with a number of cameo appearances in films.

Another Jones , who may divide opinion, next week

Norah Jones - Cold, Cold Heart

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me


Sunday, 8 May 2022

No Depression # 61 - Joe Henry

 


No Depression - The Bi-monthly Journal of Alt- Country

#61 -  January - February 2006

We move into 2006 this week with the cover star being Joe Henry. He is not someone that I know that much about. I am aware that he has recorded and released stuff with Billy Bragg and that he is a producer. I was not aware, however, that he had released well over a dozen solo albums in the 20 year period between 1999 and 2019. I couldn't name one of them and don't recall knowingly having ever heard any of his solo stuff (this is usually a cue for Ernie Goggins to chastise me and to fire over some music to enhance my musical education).

As I said I was aware he was a producer and on the cover it says that he switches his focus to soul. Fortunately I have a couple of the albums that he lends his hand to so my blushes are slightly spared.
One such album is I've Got My Own Hell to Raise by the legend that is Bettye La Vette released on ANTI- in September 2005 which features prominently in the lead article. In the spirit of Alt Country I am including Bettye's terrific cover of Joy by Lucinda Williams.

Solomon Burke is also mentioned in dispatches. Joe produced his 2002 album Don't Give Up on Me on the great Fat Possum label and here Solomon covers Flesh and Blood  a song written by Joe.

I was intrigued by his work with Billy Bragg which I was vaguely aware of  and discovered a cover of Gentle on My Mind taken from 2016's  Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad

For this weeks One from the Top I'm keeping the country/soul theme going with the great Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham and a song from their brilliant live album 1999's Moments From this Theatre on the Proper label.

The final instalment of this series, which seems to have been going on for ever, next week.






Saturday, 7 May 2022

Seen at King Tuts - Kevin Montgomery

 


Kevin Montgomery (& the Roadtrippers)

Friday 8th September       2000                       £9.00         Ticket No: 00165

Saturday 15th September  2001                      £9.00         Ticket No:  00018

Saturday 29th December  2001                     £10.00         Ticket No: 00017

Sunday 9th May 2004                                    £12.00          Ticket No GA1  38

Friday 30th December 2005                         £12.50           Ticket No GA2  43


I've probably seen Kevin Montgomery more times at King Tuts than any other artist. Certainly any other headliner as I have also seen the Radio Sweethearts and the Felsons as support on many an occasion

I've definately seen him more times than those listed above and I suspect at least once in 2002 and in 2003. My pals and I would make his December concerts our Christmas night out.

I know for a fact that I saw him play with the Road Trippers  on Friday June 27th  2003 as this was the date  of their Live! From Glasgow album released in 2005 on Road Trip Records.

The Roadtrippers on this occassion were Robert Reynolds on bass , Paul Deacon on drums (if you recognise these two names that is because they are members of the Mavericks), Mike McAdam on guitar  and Al Perkins on pedal steel who has played with the great and the good of Country Music.

On this occasion they were supported by singer songwriter Carter Woods. As you can see from the tickets above they have also been supported by Dean Owens and on at least one occasion Jill Jackson.

By choosing Glasgow, and in particular King Tuts for their live album, it shows that they hold the venue and the audience in high esteem. They have a faithful audience who know the majority of the their songs and enjoy singing along in particular to Fear Nothing which normally ends the evening. You are guaranteed a great night out 

Kevin still pops up in Glasgow from time to time but usually not at King Tuts or with such regularity. I haven't seen him much beyond 2005 but I'm happy with my memories.

Kevin Montgomery & the Road Trippers -Another Long Story

Kevin Montgomery & the Road Trippers -Tennessee Girl

Kevin Montgomery & the Road Trippers -Fear Nothing





Friday, 6 May 2022

"Classic Rock" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

 


2022 Charity Shop Purchases #23 -Lynryrd Skynyrd - The Best of Lynrd Skynyrd -The Millenium Collection

There had been a distinct lack of big game during our recent safari until we reached the final water hole on our journey Sue Ryder in Newton Stewart.

Among the dross and usual suspects there were a number of Best Ofs  of mainly rock bands from the late 60s/early 70s. When I took a selection to the counter I commented to the chap that it was unusual to see such booty in a chazza. He replied that his cousin had handed in about 200 or so and that they had been flying off the shelves.

Thats the next few Fridays sorted then. First up is the vowelless Lynryrd Skynyrd. I'm sure you all know the history of the band. Named after one of their teachers Leonard Skinner who was always on at them about the length of their hair they are probably famous for two songs Freebird and Sweet Home Alabama. Sadly two members Ronnie Van Zandt and Steve Gaines and four others died in a plane crash in October 1997. The band continued but were never the same.

To be honest the songs on the album are not much cop with the exception of the two above and Swamp Music. Given that I have the first two on  a picture disc it may not necessarily be a keeper. In any case as  Rol will testify you are better off with the Drive-by Truckers and Southern Rock Opera

More "Classic" Rock next week

Lynyrd Skynrd -Sweet Home Alabama

Lynyrd Skynyrd -Swamp Music




Thursday, 5 May 2022

I Am Shelby Lynne

 


2022 Charity Shop Purchases #22 - Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne

Well actually I am Charity Chic, but I digress

There are a few Shelby Lynne CDs on the shelves and I could have sworn blind that I Am Shelby Lynne was one of them. This glaring omission was highlighted during my cataloguing and was rectified by a 50p purchase in the Wigtown Community Shop.

50p well spent as it is very good indeed. I've always had her down as  primarily a country singer but this one has more of a blues and soul feel about it, something she repeated with Just a Little Lovin' her 2008 tribute to Dusty Springfield.

I Am Shelby Lynne was released in 1998 on the Mercury label in the UK and on Island in the  US. Given the title you could be forgiven for thinking that it is her debut album but it is in fact her 6th album the first being as far back as 1989.This is the one which shot her to fame though.

Shelby Lynne - Life is Bad

Shelby Lynne - Where I'm From


Wednesday, 4 May 2022

The Household Clearance Series - Part 1

 


George writes:

I was hoping this would be an original idea for the pages of Charity Chic Music, but I was reminded that he had done something similar himself, a while ago, and called it val's vinyl. It was not that long ago either! And some damned fine tunes it resulted in too. But Charity Chic has nevertheless given the go-ahead for this version. 


My friend Carmen said she had just sold a house (she is an estate agent) and that the owner had left behind, amongst other things, a DVD player and some cds. So I very kindly relieved her of the cds. (She gave us a bike a few days later, but this was her own, taking our tally to 5 bikes). Now, I have no idea, at the time of writing, what these cds are, so my idea is for us all to explore this collection together at the same time. Sort of. I will  take out  two or three cds from the box you can see above, pick a song from each, and write something positive about either the album or the song.   Even if it’s that band from Ireland.There’s just far too much negativity and sarcastic comments made about music isn’t there?


And this is completely coincidental to what I just said, but the first cd is by a band from Ireland, and a group whose music I am unfamiliar with (much to my partner’s disbelief), namely The Cranberries. It’s a cd single, called You and Me, with 4 tracks: You and Me, Dreams, Woman Without Pride, and I Can’t Be With You.


All the songs are performed perfectly adequately, the production is good, but the first two are just a bit too bland. And the last track, having the most memorable tune, and a video that has a beardy man dressed in black, and sporting two red wings, is the song I like most of the four:



The next cd is an album that  bears the title “Gospel; the cover does suggest an album of gospel songs, so that’s quite promising. 



Possibly a collection of songs by a plethora of well known gospel artistes, The Swan Silvertones amongst them perhaps. Closer inspection reveals a list of songs, no artistes, and the first one is Oh Happy Days, so my heart is sinking fast. Is it some sort of MFP or Top Of The Pops-style album of gospel songs? Well, inside it says that “all songs are performed by The 103rd Street Gospel Choir”.  After the seemingly obligatory Oh Happy Days things don’t improve, and I feared that all the tracks would be like the one below


103rd Street Gospel Choir - This May Be the Last Time


The worst of gospel, up-beat, happy-clappy, endlessly histrionic vocal, music far too prominent in the mix.

Here’s how you do that song::



But track 4 is much better, slow, heartfelt, no hysteria:


103rd Street Gospel Choir - In the Hands of the Lord


Sadly, the rest of the album reverts to the worst of modern gospel. The album is available here  for less than €3. I only have CD2. It is possible that the others are still in the box. I really hope not.


So, a cd single and an album. More next week………..possibly


CC writes

Thanks George.

From Val's Vinyl to Carmen's Classics! Another veritable curate's egg. There are a couple of Cranberries on the shelves and they have featured here before.but not with these songs