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Record Show/Swap July 28 at Mad Tree Brewery.
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Friday, March 29, 2013
|3||The Hassles||I Hear Voices / You've Got Me Hummin'||The Hassles||Steve Spatt||very early Billy Joel|
|5||Jeremy & the Satyrs||In the Land of Glass Teardrops||Jeremy & the Satyrs||Steve Spatt|
|7||South||Back on the Road Again / Southbound Again / Mr. Bartender||First Edition||Lou "Elvis" Webb||Lonnie Mack recording anonymously|
|9||Hal Singer||Cornbread||Rent Party||Steve Kemme|
|11||Tiny Grimes||Flyin' High||Atlantic Honkers, a Rhythm & Blues Saxophone Anthology||Steve Kemme||Red Prysock featured on tenor sax|
|13||King Curtis||Jest Smoochin'||Atlantic Honkers, a Rhythm & Blues Saxophone Anthology||Steve Kemme|
|15||They Might Be Giants||They'll Need a Crane||Lincoln||Bob Nyswonger|
|17||Mahavishnu Orchestra||Celestial Terrestrial Commuters||Birds of Fire||Bob Nyswonger|
|19||Nazz||Not Wrong Long||Nazz Nazz||Bob Nyswonger||early Todd Rundgren|
|21||Van Dyke Parks||Donovan's Colours / The Attic||Song Cycle||Neil Sharrow|
|23||John French, Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser, Richard Thompson||Disposable Thoughts / Bird in God's Garden/Lost and Found||Live, Love, Larf & Loaf||Neil Sharrow|
|25||Hawkshaw Hawkins||Lonesome 7-7203||The All New Hawkshaw Hawkins||Gary from Oxford||King Records|
|27||Lesley Gore||Look of Love||45||Paul Horn|
|29||The Vapors||Talk Talk / Turning Japanese||45||Paul Horn|
|31||Good Rats||Taking It to Detroit / Coo Coo Coo Blues||From Rats to Riches||Woody Woodburn||produced by Flo & Eddie|
|33||Todd Rundgren||Pretending to Care / Blue Orpheus||A Cappella||Woody Woodburn|
|35||Fotheringay||The Way I Feel||Fotheringay||Jim McNair||Sandy Denny|
|37||Ten Years After||Working on the Road||Cricklewood Green||Jim McNair||R.I.P. Alvin Lee|
|39||My Morning Jacket||It Makes No Difference||10" single||Joel from Louisville||with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes|
|41||Richard Hell & the Voidoids||The Kid with the Replaceable Head||45||Joel from Louisville|
|43||Paul Robeson||Ol' Man River||Old Flames (compilation LP)||Bill Frost||ask Bill about his dad's box of matches|
|45||Marlene Dietrich||Falling in Love Again||Old Flames (compilation LP)||Bill Frost|
|47||John Hartford||Gentle on My Mind||All in the Name of Love||Lou "Elvis" Webb|
|49||Robert Gordon||Red Hot||Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die||Jim McNair|
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
|2||Allen Toussaint||On Your Way Down||Life, Love and Faith||Neil Sharrow|
|3||Jess Roden||Reason to Change||Jess Roden||Neil Sharrow||produced by Toussaint, featuring The Meters|
|4||Ry Cooder||Tamp 'em Up Solid||Paradise and Lunch||Peter Gafvert|
|5||Ry Cooder||Jesus on the Mainline||Paradise and Lunch||Peter Gafvert|
|6||Violent Femmes||Kiss Off||Violent Femmes||Paul Horn|
|7||Violent Femmes||Gone Daddy Gone||Violent Femmes||Paul Horn|
|8||Boomtown Rats||She's So Modern||A Tonic for the Troops||Paul Horn|
|9||Spongetones||Here I Go Again||Beat Music||Jim McNair|
|10||Spongetones||Where Were You Last Night||Beat Music||Jim McNair|
|11||Surdy-Greebus||Red Room||45||Steve Rosen||Produced by Don Litwin (one-time Enquirer editor)|
|12||Geezinslaw Brothers||You Wouldn't Put the Shuck On Me||45||Steve Rosen|
|13||P.F. Sloan||This Precious Time||Precious Times - The Best of||Steve Rosen|
|14||"Gil Evans Orchestra"||Bulbs||Into the Hot||Steve Kemme||Actually Cecil Taylor|
|15||Cecil Taylor||Lena||Live at the Café Montmartre/Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come||Steve Kemme|
|16||Rodney Dangerfield||Rappin' Rodney||Rappin' Rodney||Brian Powers|
|17||Ruth Wallis||Hawaiian Lei Song||The Admiral's Daughter||Brian Powers|
|18||Troggs||I Can't Control Myself||Vintage Years||Steve Spatt||R.I.P. Reg Presley|
|19||Shangri-Las||Give Him a Great Big Kiss||Golden Hits||Steve Spatt||R.I.P. George "Shadow" Morton|
|20||Kevin Ayers||Oh! Wot a Dream||Bananamour||Steve Spatt||R.I.P. Kevin Ayers|
|21||Laura Nyro & Labelle||I Met Him on Sunday/The Bells||Gonna Take a Miracle||David Little|
|22||Dillards||She Sang Hymns Out of Tune||Wheatstraw Suite||David Little|
|23||Quire||Blue Rondo a la Turk||Quire||David Little||Christian Legrand also known for Swingle Singers|
|24||Gato Barbieri||India||Chapter One: Latin America||Polly Campbell|
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Kevin Ayers, one of Britain's great eccentric singer-songwriters, died in his sleep on Monday.
Mojo published this tribute:
Photo: Getty Images
Mojo published this tribute:
Photo: Getty Images
MOJO's Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander pays his respects to a great English songwriter.
Kevin Ayers possessed a voice like no other, intrinsically British and full of whimsy and mischief. This latter quality animated much of his life as well as his music.
Born in Herne Bay, Kent, in 1944, Ayers was raised in Malaysia before returning to England at the age of 12 where he attended Simon Langton Grammar School For Boys, later described as "a hotbed for teenage avant-garderie". His first band, The Wilde Flowers, formed in the summer of '63 and also featured Robert Wyatt andHugh Hopper, both of whom (along with Ayers) would have a huge effect on what became known as The Canterbury Scene.
By mid-1966 The Wilde Flowers had morphed into The Soft Machine and featured Ayers on bass and vocals, Robert Wyatt on drums and vocals, Mike Ratledge on organ and Daevid Allen on guitar - the latter, both older and wiser, and a key influence on Ayers. The band's sound evolved dramatically, as they began blending jazz influences and beat-inspired incantations to their psychedelic sound.
Appearances at London's UFO Club led to a French tour which proved hugely successful but which marked the departure of Allen who, being Australian and lacking the requisite visa, was denied entry back into the UK. He would, of course, remain in France where he formed Gong, while Ayers, Wyatt and Ratledge continued for the most part as a three-piece.
Soft Machine's upward trajectory continued when they were invited to open for Jimi Hendrix on his 1968 US Tour. Halfway through the tour, the band recorded their self-titled proto-prog debut with producers Chas Chandler and Tom Wilson (the latter having overseen five Bob Dylan albums and had just helmed The Velvet Underground's debut).
Ayers was involved with writing eight of the 14 tracks on the album, his key role being emphasized by freewheeling, romantic tunes like We Did It Again and Lullabye Letter, but it was evident that he disliked the monotony associated with touring, telling this journalist that he found the entire process "dehumanizing". Despite his later reputation as a bon viveur and a ladies' man, Ayers also expressed his dislike for the temptations of the road as well as at the prospect of the band's music becoming increasingly complex.
His exit from Soft Machine was amicable as he repaired to Ibiza with the aim to simply enjoy life. There, however, he met up with Allen again in the village of Deia and wrote much of what became his first solo album, Joy Of A Toy.
Released on the Harvest label and featuring a number of his Soft Machine friends, the album summed up Kevin's wonky view of pop music. Nevertheless, today the album has retained all of its psychedelic charm, key tracks like Lady Rachel, All This Crazy Gift Of Time and Song For Insane Times illustrating Ayers' songwriting at its most engaging. A track entitled Religious Experience was also recorded during the Joy sessions featuring Syd Barrett on guitar, but was not issued until the 2003 reissue of the album.
Blessed with good looks and natural charm, Ayers seemed set for a blossoming career, his second album Shooting At The Moon (released October 1970), building on the momentum of his debut and featuring his backing band, The Whole World, which included key players such as David Bedford, Lol Coxhill, Wyatt, Bridget St Johnand the young Mike Oldfield. Despite a rich run of form - which also include key albums Whatevershebringswesing (1971) , Bananamour (1973) and The Confessions Of Dr Dream And Other Stories (1974) - Ayers was ultimately beset by his own inconsistencies and appetites. As a result, a quest for greater commerciality was doomed to failure and, ultimately, led a string of patchy albums in the '80s.
His later career rarely saw him participating in music, although he did return to the stage in 1992 when he released his only album of that decade, the largely acoustic Still Life With A Guitar. Then, in 2007, he remerged with a brand new full-fledged studio album, The Unfairground, released on Bernard MccMahon's Lo-Max label. The album itself featured 10 startlingly good songs penned by the man himself and also saw a slew of artists, both his contemporaries and those he had influenced, playing on the record. Among them were Hugh Hopper, Bridget St John and Phil Manzanera, as well as members of Teenage Fanclub, Neutral Milk Hotel, Ladybig Transistor andGorky's Zygotic Mynci.
The album received a four star review in MOJO and the magazine attempted to put together a series of shows with Kevin in order to fully support the album. The logistics of these were complicated and involved Ayers travelling to Scotland to rehearse with the Teenage Fanclub and musical director Bill Wells. Sadly Ayers felt it was a step too far and, despite his return to London for promotional interviews, the plans for his live return collapsed.
More recently, requests for him to conduct interviews were met with rebuttals and word that Ayers found the prospect of talking to the media increasingly alarming. In truth, he was also battling illness.
A man often beset by his own insecurities, Kevin passed away on February 18, seemingly in his sleep, at the age of 68 at his home in France, a country with which he had developed a deep association. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, and those who lost themselves in his wondrous music. Remember him by watching him at his most elegant and eloquent in this 1970 French film...
Posted by Ross_Bennett at 12:14 PM GMT 20/02/2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
|2||The Twilights||Shipwreck||45||Steve Rosen|
|3||Valentine Brothers||Money's Too Tight to Mention||12"||Steve Rosen|
|4||Jesse Lee Turner||The Little Space Girl||45||Steve Rosen|
|5||Rahsaan Roland Kirk||The Entertainer||The Case of the 3-Sided Dream in Audio Color||Dean Niemeyer|
|6||Bonnie Raitt||What Do You Want the Boy to Do||Home Plate||Dean Niemeyer|
|7||Gentle Giant||Friends||Giant for a Day||Rory Falato|
|8||Rory Gallagher||Crest of a Wave||Sinner … and Saint||Rory Falato|
|9||Joe Ely||Don't Put a Lock on My Heart||Lord of the Highway||Neil Sharrow|
|10||Astrosurf||Coastal Brawl||Ridin' the Amber Waves||Neil Sharrow|
|11||Shalamar||Make That Move||45||RJ Smith|
|12||Helene Smith||Thrills and Chills||Eccentric Soul/The Deep City Label||RJ Smith|
|13||Crazy Horse||Gone Dead Train||Crazy Horse||Lou Webb|
|14||Alice Cooper||Under My Wheels||Killer||Lou Webb|
|15||Ry Cooder||Alimony||Ry Cooder||Lou Webb|
|16||The Normal||Warm Leatherette / T.V.O.D.||45||Steve Spatt|
|17||Miles Davis||Solea||Sketches of Spain||Steve Kemme|
|18||Ohio Players||FOPP||Honey||Dr. Chlorophyll|
|19||Willie Hutch||Brother's Gonna Work it Out||The Mack||Dr. Chlorophyll|
|20||Bobby Fuller Four||I Fought the Law||45||Paul Horn|
|21||Bert Dievert||My Old Friends||Opus 3 Test Record/Depth of Image||Paul Horn|
|22||Savoy Brown||She's Got a Ring in Her Nose and a Ring on Her Hand||Blue Matter||Paul Horn|
|23||Kool & the Gang||Hollywood Swinging||Love and Understanding||Ray Morton|
|24||Kool & the Gang||Who's Gonna Take the Weight||Live at the Sex Machine||Ray Morton|
|25||Lord Buckley||Scrooge||Blowing His Mind (and Yours, Too)||Polly Campbell|
|26||Average White Band||Cut the Cake||Person to Person||Bill Frost|
|27||Status Quo||Roadhouse Blues||Live||Bill Frost|
|28||Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood||Some Velvet Morning||Nancy & Lee||David Little|
|29||Urszula Dudziak||Misty||Midnight Rain||David Little|
|30||Tony Joe White||Stud Spider||Country Funk 1969-1975||JP|
|31||Rolling Stones||Fingerprint File||It's Only Rock & Roll||JP|
|32||Tom Waits||Temptation||Franks Wild Years||Bob Nyswonger|
|33||Gentle Giant||Playing the Game||The Power & the Glory||Bob Nyswonger|
|34||Otis Williams||Wichita Lineman||Greatest Hits of Otis Williams||Brian Powers|
|35||Connie Smith||Cincinnati, Ohio||Greatest Hits Vol. 1||Brian Powers|
|36||Nick Gravenites||It Takes Time||Live at Bill Graham's Fillmore West||Jim McNair|
|37||Steppenwolf||Black Pit||45||Jim McNair|