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Thursday, 30 June 2022
Wednesday, 29 June 2022
After last week’s calamity I am hoping for something better today. And a quick glance at one of the selections ensures that hope is fulfilled. And some! But first we’re off to Brazil with a cd called “Meu brasil brasileiro”, or “my brazilian Brazil”. As opposed to “My Dundonian Brazil”? Or “My brazilian- pictures enclosed”? Moving on…..I read the sleeve too quickly and somehow got it in my mind that this would be covers of famous songs done by brazilian artistes. Nope, it’s a collection of songs they (ie brazilians) bring to our (portuguese) side of the atlantic. One of the artistes is the fantastically named Fafá de Belém. There’s also a group called New Clothes (Roupa Nova) and what might be The Popes of Language (Papas de Lingua).
I’ve no idea what Elba Ramalho is warbling about but it is causing Parsley some distress judging by the tone of his bleats. After track 5 I’m wondering if this is a cd for people who don’t like music. There’s been warbling, a crappy duet that not even some fluting can enhance, but in amongst the forgettable supper-club easy-listening tripe are a couple of decent pop songs,
20 tracks on the cd. 17 are truly dire. Track 14 is the lowest point in the album, but the dogs seem to find it strangely soothing, they’re lying asleep about a metre from the speakers. It’s the Fafá de Belém track, if you’re interested. And track 19, by Joanna, is one that I recognised from another cd that featured previously, and, as you’d expect, made a needlessly sarcastic comment at the time.
And now, an album that will yield the best song you hear today unless you then deliberately go off and play a song you consider better. If you do this, post the song below to see if anyone agrees with you! And if not’s not Jungle Rock then you’re quite simply wrong). The (compilation) album must be one of a series called That Loving Feeling - The all time greats. This is volume 4. Mr Mizell will, of course, be on volume 1. Amongst the 30 tracks there’s not much to dislike, although there is one that will make you want to throw yourself off the nearest bridge, and some quite bland, but you could make a damned fine 10 song compilation from this compilation.
Anyway, here’s the song.
Another two next week. By the way, I broke my rule of listening to every track on the cds I pull out, skipping track 9 of disc 1. And there was no disc 2.
CC writes - George, can I just say that from the picture at the top that you are getting better at drawing!
Tuesday, 28 June 2022
As I mentioned on my recent Joe Ely post when I met up with The Swede and other bloggers in Edinburgh in addition to Honky Tonk Masquerade he very kindly gave me a dozen or so CDs he had no further use for having digitalised them.
When I mentioned my proposed Swedefest series he was not convinced as he felt that none were in the same league as Joe. He may well be right but I cannot let his generosity go unrecognized.
So here goes. I'm starting with the self-titled album by The Silos from 1990 on RCA/BMG. You might think with that title that it was there debut but you would have been wrong there.They had two previous albums on Record Collect 1985's About Her Step and 1987's Cuba.
I'm quite surprised that they go back that far. They crossed my radar around the Millennium. I had nothing by them but think I may have seen them at least once. I have the album Lean by lead singer Walter Salas-Humara and saw him at King Tuts in 2002 as part of a Song Circle with Steve Wynn and Robert Fisher.
There were actually two Silos CDs but I haven't got round to listening to the other one yet.I did enjoy this one though and it is very much a keeper which has already been catalogued and which will find a home on the Americana shelves.
Monday, 27 June 2022
We start with Beverley who was from Coventry and who enjoyed a modicum of success in the 60s and who sadly died aged 66 in 2012 .At some stage she teamed up with London band the Prestons and recorded the song Hear You Talking. This song made an appearance on the Ace compilation Destroy That Boy! - More Girls with Guitars which has featured on these pages before
I haven't been able to find out that much about September Jones .It seems that she was a Northern Soul singer who has also appeared on Ace with her song I'm Coming Home which was originally released on Kapp Records in 1966. Not to be confused with September Jones the overarching antagonist of the entire Death Race franchise
Here is the lady herself backed by members of the Clash and the Blockheads with House of the Juju Queen
Sunday, 26 June 2022
Saturday, 25 June 2022
Thursday 29th July 1999 £5.00 Ticket No: 00015
Did I go to see Stacey Earle purely on the basis that she was Steve Earle's sister? How shallow do you think I am?
Around about this time Stacey had two solo albums out or due shortly - Simple Gearle (she what she did there?) on her own Gearle Records in 1998 and Dancin' With Them that Brung Me on the same label in 2020. Therefore I would like to imagine that I had maybe heard something by her and was curious enough to find out more but I suspect that I would be being economical with the truth.
I could only find one song by her either digitally or physically namely Promise You Anything from 2000 which appears on the compilation O Sister Where Art Thou? I had to resort to You Tube to come up with a couple more to share with you.
It looks like her solo career was relatively short lived . She subsequently released another four albums with her husband Mark Stuart between 2001 and 2008. She also had her own band called the Jewels Both were members of Steve Earle's band so I suppose that technically means that I have seen her on more than one occasion.
She also gets a bit of one -upwomanship in that I have never seen her brother at King Tuts
Friday, 24 June 2022
For years the only thing I had by Bob Marley was Live! the great 1975 album recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in London.
I then got a copy of Legend when I inherited my brother and sister -in- laws CD collection.
I was therefore quite interested to check out Lively Up Yourself which is a 3 CD collection of his classic early recordings on a 2010 compilation from Demon Records.
The three CDs are titled CD1 - Soul Rebel, CD2 - Riding High and CD3 -Keep on Moving.
The quality of the recordings is not great and I can't work out whether this is because it is a cheap and cheerful budget compilation or because these were early recordings using less than sophisticated equipment.
I probably recognize about a dozen or so of the 38 tracks and it seems only fair to select one each from the 3 CDs in the order above.
I'm not totally convinced that this one is a keeper.
Thursday, 23 June 2022
Girls at Our Best! were one of the many, many bands that passed me by at the time. A post punk band from Leeds they were only on the go from 1979-1982 releasing only one album during this period Pleasure on Happy Birthday Records in 1981 which reached number 60 in the UK albums charts.
I would have probably remained ignorant about them were it not for blogging where fortunately I have stumbled across them on a number of occassions.
Cherry Red have just released a de-luxe version of Pleasure consisting of 3 discs - i) Pleasure plus Singles and Radio Sessions, ii) Live at Edinburgh University 02/11/81 plus demos and iii) Live at the Peppermint Lounge 06/11/81 bootleg.
It is probably more than you really need but it is good to see them getting some belated recognition.
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Finally I must accept defeat. Today’s cds, one a single and one album, failed, miserably, to provide anything I could stand to listen to again. I simply cannot pollute the good pages of Charity Chic Music with a selection from either. The first cd is a single, featuring Sarah Tavares amongst others. She is famous here, a winner for the Portugal Song of the Year in 1994 which became the country’s entry for the eurovision song contest. Anyway, the song on this cd is featureless, bland and gives nondescript a bad name. The next track is equally tiresome, by BABY, then Luís Represas, and finally Santos e Pescadores, which as you know translates as Saints and Fishermen.
So I’ll have to shoehorn something in, and will choose the least imaginative and obvious. That would of course either be Andrew Gold, as Andrew is the patron saint of fishermen, or the group Fishermen. Far far too obvious
The Tavares brothers are of Cape Verdean descent, as is Sara Tavares.
This Sara Tavares track is worth listening to:
The album I picked out is called As Mais Belas Melodias para de Dia de São Valentin. I thought that amongst the soppy nonsense therein would be at least one quality track. How wrong I was, it’s 7 pieces of classical music. With that in mind, I thought it best to play on a sunday morning, maybe it would capture the mood, the ambience of the peacefulness at the farm. How wrong I was. It just annoyed me. And let me tell you this, I will not serenading my partner with this music in the background on February 14th. Or any other day.
The collection is associated (sponsored by?) Ballantines whisky. Hence the following, which could very well be the best song you hear today:
I feel I’ve let you down by not selecting a track from the selection. Hopefully the next two will be more productive.
CC writes: You redeemed yourself towards the end!
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Before we met up he had contacted me to see if I wanted a copy of Honky Tonk Masquerade the second album by Country troupadour Joe Ely from 1978. Needless to say I didn't take much persuading.
An album which was critically acclaimed it featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Here Before You Die and which was placed at number 50 in Rolling Stones 50 Essential Albums of the 70s
In addition to the songs written by himself there are numbers written by his fellow Flatlanders Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore as well as a cover of Hank Williams' Honky Tonkin'
Being an incredibly generous fellow The Swede also threw in around a dozen or so CDs which he had digitalised but thought that I might like. I'm slowly working my way through them and I think that there would be merit in a series which I shall christen Swedefest.
Monday, 20 June 2022
Sunday, 19 June 2022
Saturday, 18 June 2022
Thursday 14th May 1998 £5.50 Ticket No: 00247
I was fortunate enough to see Alabama 3 at King Tuts when they were startitng out and before they became famous courtesy of Woke Up this Morning featuring as the opening theme to the brilliant TV series The Sopranos from 1999 onwards.
I had heard a couple of their songs on Radio Scotland and subsequqntly picked up a promotional copy of their debut album Exile on Coldhardour Lane from Vinyl Exchange in Manchster. The attached sticker gives notice of the release date of 17/11/97 and interestingly highlights the single Speed of the Sound of Loneleiness (a cover of the John Prine classic) as opposed to Woke Up this Morning.
This was enough for me to grab a ticket for a solo mission to their show at Tuts and what a terrific show it was too..Most,if not all, of the tracks on Exile featured and there was terrific interaction with the audience including a mock marriage on stage by the holy Reverend Doctor D.W.A.Y.N.E. Love first Reverend of The First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine.
Friday, 17 June 2022
I have been an admirer of Caitlin Cary since her days in Whiskeytown and have seen her live in a solo capacity on a couple of occassions.
For a while I had heard very little by Thad Cockrell but what I have heard I liked. Following a conversation or two with Ernie Goggins as to their relative virtues and as solo artists he very kindly sent me a copy of Begonias the 2005 album on Yep Roc on which they appear as a duo. I have no logical explanation as to why I had never got round to picking up a copy before.
Notionally alternative country there are also tinges of soul together with some Everly Brothers harmonies.
As far as I am aware this was their only collaboration which is a bit of a shame as they make for a very pleasant listen.
Thursday, 16 June 2022
Here’s a first for these pages, The Lighthouse Family, and a song that got to number 3 in 2001 in this country.
The cd is confusingly priced, at €9.94 on the front, and €4.94 on the back. Both are ridiculously steep prices for something that is too bland to be described as bland. To be positive, it has in no way put the goats off their food. And it was a perfectly pleasant listen. I can’t be bothered putting this onto mp3
The third track on the cd single is a remix of the above song, and I’m sure you can find it on youtube, just don’t ask me for a link. Another one for the bird.scarer pile.
Next out is what I think is an album. On opening the booklet in the case a picture opens out, like in those pop-up books some of us had as children. (Mine was a pop-out of 20 Leagues Under The Sea, a book that is in my music room).
The cd is titled Passenger, and underneath is Whispers, so my first guess is the name of the band is Passenger. Good god, it’s a bloke who uses his old band’s name. And there’s a wiki page about the album! And it looks like I have the version with the bonus disc.
Here goes…….The vocal sounds like a slightly speeded up Cat Stevens (The Guardian said it was a “snaggle-toothed rasp”), or someone who’d had a very brief blast of helium. Despite the slightly annoying vocal it’s surprisingly almost good, a mostly upbeat folk-pop album. I’ve heard a lot worse. Christ, I’ve BOUGHT a lot worse than this. By the time track 10 came on I was thinking that this might be a keeper. Track 11 made my mind up. Here it is:
The bonus cd contains 7 tracks, acoustic, slower and more melancholic versions of some of the tracks on the first disc. Just Mr Rosenberg plinking away on his guitar and singing. All good, by the way.
And rather appropriately to the mood of the music, the goats are peacefully lying down chewing their cud.
Another two next week.
CC writes: Worth waiting an extra day for. I can't decide which is the most impressive - the quality of the music or the pictures!
Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Back in the dim and distant days before Lockdown when the world was a different place John Medd, Alyson and C began some preliminary discussions around meeting up with Edinburgh being suggested as a venue.
Naturally everything was put on hold but recently as a degree of normality began to emerge Alyson took the bull by the horns and arrangements were duly made with the Swede and Martin joining in the party.
Most folk are already in situ and Mrs CC and I are traveling through today to join then. I've met Alyson before when we were on holiday in Beauly and am looking forward to seeing her again and to meeting all the others for the first time.
To get in the mood here are some tunes from Edinburgh artists
The Household Clearance CDs will be back tomorrow
Tuesday, 14 June 2022
Covers albums can be very much a hit or a miss so I was interested to see which camp Patti Smith fell into with her 2007 album Twelve on Columbia records.
You will recognise most of the songs on the album which are mainly from 60s artists who influenced her and by and large she covers them faithfully . It was released to very much mixed reviews. Pitchfork are particularly scathing calling it shockingly conservative and predicable and giving it a mark of 2.7 (not sure if that is out of 5 or 10!)
The Guardian is more genrous giving it 4 out of 5 while acknowledging that there are few radical reworkings. Chris Jones on Amazon writes that it is in turns revalatory, misjudged and evin, in places, banal.He (or is it she?) concludes that it may remain an oddity in her canon, destined for selective downloading rather than a fully-formed experience.
I would go along with that.It is interesting to hear them in her unique almost spoken voice but there is nothing special there
Monday, 13 June 2022
Mick Jones surely needs no intoduction. Guitarist with the Clash, front man of Big Audio Dynamite and collaborator with Aztec Camera on Good Morning Britain to name but a few of his many guises.Long Island is a song from the soundtrack to the 1993 film Amongst Friends. Mick appears on four of the tracks to the soundtrack which gets a measely 2 out of 5 from Allmusic.
Salena Jones is an American jazz and caberet singer who originally appeared under her original name Joan Shaw until the mid 60s. She then moved to England and performed jazz and R&B as Salena Jones
I'm afraid that I can't find much information at all about Devon "Evan" Jones other than he released this reggae number. Any additional information will be gratefully received.
I checked in at Ernie's place to see if it came from him and discovered that he had come up with this idea for a post as for back as June 2016 and which I commented on at the time. However I can assure you that there has been no plagiarim - honest!
Sunday, 12 June 2022
At Christmas 2020 I decided to upgrade my copy and also Songs From Northern Britain to vinyl.This was helped in no small measure by a sale on for the Super Deluxe re-issues originally from 2018 with the albums coming with a bonus single.
I've featured tracks on the single and also at least three of the songs on the album before but was quite surprised that the two featured below have not as yet appeared on these pages.Time to right that wrong. Here then are track 5 Versimilitude written by Raymond McGinley and track 6 Neil Jung written by Norman Blake.
To save you the bother I have looked up the meaning of Versimilitude and it is the appearance or semblance of truth ; likelihood; probability. Every day is a school day at CCM
Saturday, 11 June 2022
Kelly Joe Phelps
Monday 7th March 2005 £13.50 Ticket No: GA2 24
This series has been random in nature. However, I am making an exception this week to mark the passing of Jazz/Blues guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps who sadly died at his home in Iowa on 31st March at the age of just 62
I discovered him via the Paul Jones Rhythm and Blues Show on Radio 2. He played the song Taylor John a couple of times and it made enough of an impression on me that I tracked down the album from which it was taken 2001's Sky Like a Broken Clock on Rykodisc.
This was all the knowledge of him at the time when I when to see him at King Tuts.As anyone with knowledge of the venue knows the upstairs bar is adjacent to the stage and standing area where the shows take place. Normally this is not an issue but when a quietly spoken acoustic guitarist such as Kelly is playing it can become a bit of a problem. Sadly he was pretty much drowned out by the background hum. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to see him in a more intimate venue where I suspect I would have been in for a bit of a treat.
He never really crossed my radar again until two separate visits last year, a few months apart, led me to coming away with a further 3 of his albums from the Community Shop in Kingussie.
Here is the aforementioned Taylor John and a couple of tracks from his 1997 album Roll Away the Stone which have just become even more poignant.
Rest easy Kelly Joe.
Friday, 10 June 2022
2022 Charity Shop Purchases 28 - Fairport Convention - The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood
Disc 2 - Cropredy Festival August 1987
I've been looking over the list of folk who have played at Cropredy over the years here and it is quiet impressive. 1987 saw Gordon Giltrap, John Martyn & Danny Thompson and Chickenshack amongst others. I should imagine that it is a rite of passage for folk minded acts to tick off an appearance.
Fairport Convention traditionally end the Festival/Convention on the last night (well that's only fair) when they are joined on stage by "Friends" In 1987 the Friends included Ralph McTell and June Tabor as well as Ian Anderson and Martin Berrie from Jethro Tull (calm down George!)
Here are John the Gun with June Tabor on lead vocals and Bridge of Sighs with Ralph McTell doing the honours.
I haven't got round to listening to disc 3 which is a DVD interview with Simon Nicol and Dave Pegg yet!