8/30/14

Man - Live at the Rainbow (1972)



I'm very happy someone asked for this album to be re-up. A way to celebrate the great underrated musician Micky Jones was. In this short-lived version of Man, he was in charge of the leadership and this has always been my favorite period of the band (sorry for Deke Leonard but that's my humble opinion). So here it is, captured during the Be Good To Yourself tour. And never forget Man. Catch it here.

I just learned that Micky Jones died last March. Quite late indeed but I knew he had brain tumour for years and didn't go anymore on the Man main page. Cos' Micky Jones was one of the 2 leaders of the Welsh band Man, (the other being Deke Leonard) one of my fave bands, and a great composer, guitarist and singer, and, if I judge by the various testimonies (here, there, or there), a great man too. My fave period of the long Man story is actually the short one during which Deke Leonard had quitted the band, between 1972 and 1973. Micky Jones was therefore the only captain of the ship and conducted the band in long sets of semi-instrumentals that are as exciting today than at the times they were composed. No many bands have succeeded in that difficult exercise. This is during this period this concert was recorded. Actually the LP (a bootleg) could have been entitled Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day Live since the setlist is the same than this studio album, my fave of the band. It's the quintessence of what US west coast sound mixed with brit rock could produce. And don't forget Terry Williams on drums, one of my 5 fave drummers of all times (with BJ Wilson, Ian Paice, Stuart Elliott and Dale Crover).



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8/29/14

JFG - Singles (2010-2012)

Since it's my fave I-did-it-myself cover sleeve and since jfg is one of my fave contempory (alive & well) singer-composer-guitarist, I re-up this compilation of singles (some real, some fakes and once again done by myself). He's currently back from Berlin and playing (and living) again in Bordeaux. Hope he'll release something soon. Times are a little bit boring without new songs from him. Hope this blog helps to make him known worldwide. Catch it here.

Here a compilation of singles from JFG (with the Irregulars or Winter of Love) released or, for most of them, that I created with songs I thought had the greatest hit potential and deserved to be issued on single with cover sleeves of their own. Unfortunately, our times seem not kind with people such as JFG and it's a real shame. But his time will come. Meanwhile, make this ten yours and tell me if you don't have here one of our finest singer songwriter. And please, go on his bandcamp get the official albums and EPs here. And it will be perfect for your saturday night party or your sunday morning jogging. Music for all good moments of life (and shitty ones too). I'm quite happy with the front cover sleeve I did (a little bit of autocongratulation for once).


8/28/14

John Cale - Animal Justice EP w bonus track (1977)



I re-up this gem as requested, but not in flac sorry. If you were kind enough to tell me (in comments) if all is OK with dl material with M, it would be helpful. Some say M is not approved by their computer. Is it true for some of you? Please tell. Meanwhile, catch this one here.

After leaving Island (I'll post later on some of his wonderful work from this era) John Cale had a difficult period concerning his solo work. Between 1975 and 1979, he would release only one EP, called Animal Justice, our today's post, a rather provocating affair and one of the few records from old artists that I bought that year cos' it seemed to me it fitted perfectly to the atmosphere of the punk era (much more than many others of his seventies mates). With it's fantastic cover sleeve, this EP featured 2 cult songs. The first is "Chicken Shit", based upon what is sometimes called the Croydon Chicken Incident (see here the story), a live set during which Cale cut the head of a chicken with a meat cleaver, the volatile having been freshly killed previously backstage. In this song, Cale is quite sarcastic about the reaction of his bassist and drummer who immediately quitted the stage and the band. The other cult song is "Hedda Gabler", based on the character of the Ibsen theatre play. Strangely, the keyboard theme is not without similarities with "Give My Compliments To The Chef" from SAHB. But it's a great song with a sublime climax. This EP has only been included on the Sabotage (Live) CD re-issue in 2000. Thanx to the anonymous visitor who sent me a link to this CD. Yesterday I had posted a ripped vinyl version I did but today I substitute for these CD versions, much improved on a sound level. And find the lyrics for Chicken Shit here and for Hedda Gabler there. Added on the 11/26/2011. I added a song recorded during the same session (in Chalk Farm) and not included in the EP. It's called Jack The Ripper and was included in the Seducing Down The Door Rhino compilation on which you can also find "Hedda Gabbler" and "Memphis". A fifth song was recorded ("Ton Ton Macoute") but seems not to have been released in any format. I'm not a total Cale connoisseur in terms of discography, this is why my Cale's posts are rather evolutive.

A picture of the Croydon Chicken Incident on April 24 1977


A picture turning in derision this episode taken in 1979

8/27/14

Barry Ryan - Singles As & Bs (1968-1972)



"Aussitôt demandé, aussitôt fait". In other words, one of you asked today for a re-up of Barry Ryan stuff, here the first one, the singles A's & B's. One of my main pride in creating this blog, is to have made contempory again songs and artists who were doomed to stay forgotten for eternity, or, worse, only known for one hit. It's the case with Barry Ryan who, with his brother Paul, deserves to be remembered since he offered a fantastic bunch of great tunes, orchestrations and upon all, performed with a wonderful voice. Catch it here

Here is finally the (almost complete) chronological compilation of all the singles released by Barry Ryan between 1968 and 1972. It's 13 singles, not all commercially successful (you can find all the charts positions here, beware, it's in German) but honestly all at least interesting and pleasant to hear and several of them total masterpieces. Is missing "Lay Down", the B-side of "We Did It Together", a single I don't have and too expensive for me to get at the time. If I get it in the future I'll repost this compilation and add it. Missing also the singles sung in German. I'll post them later maybe but they seem quite out of place here. So the collection is only 25 songs long. The sound quality of this compilation is quite uneven since I ripped some songs (not many actually) from my 7" vinyls and I'm not a master to make them totally CD-rip sounding MP3s. But nothing too terrible. Among the masterpieces, there are of course "Eloïse", "The Colour Of My Life", "The Hunt", "Kitsch", "Red Man", "It Is Written" (the later in streaming) but some other less known songs here will be stunning surprises to your ears I guess, and you'll probably wonder why Paul Ryan (all songs are not from him but most of the 16 first are) is not considered one of the most brilliant songwriter of the last century. And listen to "Magical Spiel" to know where Queen has taken its style from. In 4 years, it's quite an achivement I think. Some last rarities to be posted here. It'll be singles published in 1974 and 1975 alone or under the Paul and Barry Ryan names. I hope this help to make the Ryan's music present in today's world. We need it (at least I).



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8/26/14

Peter Perrett - The 1972 tape (1972)



Another re-up on M. Once again, I re-up according to requests since there are more than 700 records that have been deleted. You decide which ones will be re-up in leaving a comment. Catch this one here.

In the summer of 1972, Peter Perrett, aged 20, records some songs with his friends John Newey and Harry Kalouli to show to a putative new member aimed for guitarist in a new band (then called Peter & the Pets or England's Glory) how were his songs. Newey was beating time on a biscuit box and Harry Kakoulli slapping his bass (this comes from the Nina Antonia Perrett's biography). The result is surprising since here Peter Perrett is closer to his Only Ones period than to the short England's Glory one. He doesn't imitate so much Lou Reed than in their demo-LP of the further year. The most thrilling for any Only Ones fan, is to hear "Inbetweens" 6 years before it will appear on record. Some weeks later, there will be another "session", allowing to discover other new songs from this phoenix that honestly, has few chances in 1973 to be recognized as a major composer given the music featuring in the charts. So here is this testimony, released under the name of England's Glory in 2005 in a compilation called "The First And Last". I did the cover sleeve from 2 pictures I found on the net. I think it's rather appropriate.

Peter Perrett in 1972

John Newey in 1972

Marc Bolan - Blues (1972-77)





















Another re-up. Don't have too much to add to the text below. Hope to post some new stuff soon. Catch it here.

Another weird idea: select demos in which Marc Bolan played (the) blues. Difficult sometimes to be sure I'm not calling blues what some specialists would proof it's not, but I take the risk to be criticized and I think these 15 songs all belong to the genre we call blues. It's for me important since I always thought Bolan bottom song structures layed on blues. But he disguised them under a medieval folky approach during the Tyranosaurus Rex era, a glam rock approach during the T Rextasy era and a soul approach after 1975. It would have been a great idea if he took the audacious move to release a blues album and surely would have enhanced the respect that the press and a large part of music lovers had for him. But he had not the time (honestly, that he died at 30 was one of the greatest waste for music I ever can think of). So here is only a sketch of what could have been, taken from the more than 160 demos that Edsel released on their Unchained series (some of them being quite expensive to get now). Bolan was not stucked to one style of blues specifically, and he sails from Mississipi John Hurt to John Lee Hooker according to his mood. And there's a handful of gems in it (such as "Did You Ever", "Shadow Babe" or "Get Down"). And some unexpected things such as this talling blues called "Unicorn Horn". Sorry, on the back cover sleeve, I wrote there was a band on songs 13 & 15 but "Get Down" (15) is acoustic. Of course I created the cover sleeve and I think it's quite a good one. Very pleasant to hear all these songs in a row rather than spread among heterogeneous styles.




8/23/14

The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre (2011)



I learn only today that The Devil's Blood disbanded in 2013 and more dramatic, that Selim Lemouchi killed himself last April. Three years ago, I decided not to post anymore albums from bands in activities that should be supported and their music bought (there is much more direct way to pay them now than a few years ago). I had up this album and it was removed by mf. But now, I feel it's a way to make the Selim music lives throughout his death (same as Lifelover). So I reup on M (here) and hope it will stay. Really, this album is one of the milestones of the beginning of this century. And (for me) there are not much but I may be wrong, I barely listen to everything as I used to last century.

As a fan of Shocking Blue and doom, it's no surprise I definitively dig The Devil's Blood (could call themselves The Shocking Red) who often sounds as Shocking Blue turning doom. Both are from Nederland, the real 3rd country for music. But more than that, the band succeeds in creating real fucking good songs, and, as for Uncle Acid & the deadbeats, this deserves to be saluted. If we lived on a planet where people had still functional ears, this LP would have been one of the biggest seller of the year. We're far from this reality unfortunately. Here, you got 10 songs that I wouldn't expect a contempory band to be able to compose. OK, it's close to nostalgia but I don't care. Moreover, the singer, Farida Lemouchi has a voice I really like, a mix between (of course) Mariska Veres (on "Fire Burning") and PP Arnold, imagine my jubilation. And if all the sexist comments of the metal reviewers about her body silhouette could stop, it would be a real relief. Personally I think she's gorgeous. I missed them recently in Paris and I'm very angry against me. I must be more vigilant on the concerts in this city of no-fun. Some of the below pictures were taken from here.








8/22/14

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Epics (1968-71)



A reup of a compilation I'm rather proud of and consisting of the long tracks CCR spread in their albums during their short but intense career. Nothing rare but a proof this band was much more than a hit machine. Get it again here.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was my first fave band. It was in 1970, I was 12 yrs old, and Pendulum was the first LP I bought with my own money (without knowing it, my parents gave me each month just the money that I needed to buy an LP). But if I loved the CCR hits, my preference was for what I call here their epics, I mean long songs with instrumental bridges in which they had the time to create a climax. And it was generally a dark and heavy climax. I feel that more than Black Sabbath, these epics are responsible for making me so much appreciate instrumental doom. Since compilations all focus on singles or classics of the band but not (except Chooglin' but omitting a lot) on epics, I decided to constitute my ideal CCR compilation with all their epics gathered. My favorite is the incredible version of the Marvin Gaye standard "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" but "Pagan Baby" or "Effigy", and the central bridge of "Ramble Tamble" are prime cuts. Since the atmosphere of these tracks are often religious, macabre et obituary, I created a relevant cover sleeve from pictures (not mine) taken in Louisiana. Although from San Francisco, the band often referred to this land. Another thing that makes them something like sludge ancestors.



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8/21/14

Alternative TV - My Baby's Laughing 7" (1987)



I read in a book about procrastination ("The art of procrastination" by John Perry) that to avoid procrastination on early morning, one solution is to make your alarm wake you up with the most happy song you ever heard. I had to think a long time before finding a happy song in my memory, and among them one that would not drive me to kill myself when playing, and finally the best I could find was this one by Mark Perry (more a solo song than a true ATV one actually). So, over the last 7 says, I got it as alarm music. Don't know if it works since I took some days off. But as soon as tomorrow, I will know. A good opportunity to reup it. Get it here.

This 7" is from the second reformation of ATV, a version of the band that lived from 1985 to 1987, the first one being after The Good Missionaries, in 1981 for The Ancient Rebels LP. After 2 strong EPs and an excellent LP (Peep Show, highly recommended), the band (Mark Perry, Allison Phillips and Steve Cannell), released this 7" with the great "My Baby's Laughing (Empty Summer Dream)") on A-side, a song featuring in the LP but with an atmosphere so different from the gloomy mood of the album, that honestly it would have been a better idea to put it out on a single only. I really don't understand why Mark Perry is not considered as a true genius (often ATV is conversely considered as a second rate punk band) and this song says it all. This happy refrain is one that few other than him may have conceived. The B-side featured 2 acoustic songs, not easy to find I think, since they are on none of the various compilations released about the band. They're both fine and, in complete opposition with the A-side, are filled with loneliness and sadness, the usual content of Mark Perry's lyrics, but nobody will throw a stone to him for that I suppose, everyone knows it can help crossing some river of life in our own existence sometimes. So, the only thing to say, whoever is now Mark (that I had the chance to interview some 10 years ago, during 3 long hours in a hotel bedroom where he was sick and had to cancel his show) is thanx. 



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8/8/14

Television Personalities - A Decade Of Singles & EPs (1989-99)





















I take some days off tomorrow and before I go, it would be a shame I don't re-up any TVP album or single. I chose this one among the 27 (!!!) I posted, first because I think it's the better compilation you'll ever hear in your life, second because you won't find anywhere else all the A and B-sides of the singles and EPs released by the band between 1989 and 1999, and last because it's, among all the fake cover sleeves I did for this blog, my favorite. So, what can I say except you would do harm to yourself not to listen to such a collection of gems. Hope Dan Treacy's health, mental and physical, is not too bad by now. He's such a seminal artist. Enjoy it here. And thanks again to M to be so helpful and easy to use.

This is surely the best Xmas present I could offer to my visitors. A compilation of all the singles and EPs (I only removed the covers released because they seem quite irrevelant here) released on various labels by Dan Treacy under Television Personalities name, mostly a duo with Jowe Head during this period. Of course I posted all these singles and EPs separately over this year, but I know many of you will appreciate to have them all gathered in chronological order. The individual posts will be there for hard-on fans (like me) who love to have the songs in their original release context (moreover with the cover sleeve). Talking about the cover sleeve, I must say I'm very proud of the one I did for this compilation. Based on a picture from this great and important American photographer called Lewis Hine, who did so much for the child's work to be forbidden in the USA, I can't imagine a more fitting wrapping for these songs that seem to be written by a child's mind-in-man's body with an incredible ability to express intimate suffering and lost feeling. With Morrissey (but Morrissey is totally adult and childhood seems to have deserted him), I think Dan Treacy provided one of the most moving lyrical universe in rock music. This 41 song collection shows how public and critics have been blinded during the 90's, omitting to treat  this genius how he would have deserved it, letting him progressively drown in dope and despair. So, I dedicate these last days of the year to him, who gave me so much work on this blog, but also so much emotions. I don't post any streaming, all the songs can be heard on the individual posts.






Melanie - Alternative Photograph LP (1976)



A reup. Hurry up dling it before rs removes all my files. rs had done it. I re-up again on M. A personal reworking of this mythic album, using bonus tracks and long versions scandalously omitted from the official relase (such as "Groundhog Day"). Not to miss. Get it here.

At the onset of 1976, after 4 years Melanie had progressively faded away from public view with uneven albums (I'll post some of them later since there are some good songs in them but they don't stand the test of time on the whole), Atlantic records bosses were enthusiastic when listening to her new songs. They offer her very confortable conditions of recording and everything seemed OK for a great comeback. It will not be the case. Many Melanie fans, and Melanie herself, did not really understand why such a failure to reinstall her in the center of the singer-composer circle, next to Joni Mitchell (not a fave of mine, but she always inspired a high level respect from almost everyone), when a Kate Bush would reach glory status a year or so after with a similar way to approach music. Maybe too much too soon. But another reason of this faillure is, to my eyes, that she did not have the Director's cut for the choice of songs finally included in the album (she had composed and recorded enough for a double LP); Surprisingly, she told me that she didn't really care at the time which songs would be selected, neither which version of the songs, cos' she recorded some in more than one. The most spectacular (and shameful) one example of this great waste of insight, is "Groundhog Day", played in a long and wonderful version with a long intrumental development that announced the Kate Bush" Hounds of Love LP, omitted in favour of the short and more mainstream one. Sure that this long version would have changed the look that the public and the press would have thrown on her (even if the press was very positive, many writing that this album was one of the best of the year). When talking to her 4 years ago, it was clear that her final choice of songs would not have been the one featuring on the vinyl format, but I don't know which songs she would have liked to see on it (maybe all, with a double LP package actually). So, I decided to make my own pict... oops Photograph myself, selecting songs among the double CD released in 2005 under the name of Double Exposure. I tried my best to make the songs coexist with the best internal consistency, with a first (fake) side consisting in tracks with the more classy atmospheres and a second side more folk orientated. The second side opens and closes with 2 versions of "Secret of the Darkness", a good idea I think. From the official Photograph, I removed some songs that I consider weak (my subjective opinion) such as "If I Needed You", "Raindance", "Friends & Co" and "Poem" and took the alternate version of "Cyclone" (devoid of some musical scories or the end of the seventies) and of "Secret of the Darkness". I also omitted "Nickel Song", a bad idea to include an old hit in an album of renewal. And of course there is the 10 min version of "Groundhog Day". From the songs not included in the official version at the time, I took the superbs "Jukebox Magazine", "Unfinished Business" and "Remember Good", an enigm why nobody at Atlantic understood that these songs were essential to put in the LP. From the official version are the excellent cover of the Boxtops's "The Letter" and the moving cabaret jazz flavored "I'm So Blue" (the song in streaming below). And of course "Save Me", for the pleasure to cry a little whilst listening to music. What else to say? If you have the album, nothing interesting for you except if, like me, you thought that the track selection could have been much better. Here's mine, do yourself one too. And try to buy Double Exposure to have the best sound quality if you like what you hear. .


I'm So Blue. I'm so blue, what happened to me shouldn't happen to the worst of you. What can I do to prevent you from going thru what I've been going thru? Momma told me this man would leave me eventually. I couldn't see the trees from the forest or how does that saying go. I'm so blue, since you're gone, well to tell you the truth I feel I can't go on. Where love has gone, there's the emptiest feeling in all of this world. I'm a lonely girl, I'm so blue. There are no warning words that we'll listen to, nothing can do to prevent you from going thru what I've been going thru. I'm so blue...I'm so blue...I'm so blue


I've grown fat I've grown a beard I've grown alone Seems no one comes to stay in my loneliness Sometimes love and sometimes none I'm out of luck but I'm not done Today is Groundhog Day Take me to a party take me to a room Where there ain't no corner For me to run into I think I'm gonna have to touch everyone in the place A game of hearts playing face to face How long a line to a space Where I look at mine You know I'm gonna have to touch everyone in their place Feel every part tasting every taste How much more running in place will it take to find It's Groundhog Day I've grown fat I've grown a beard I've grown alone It must be a year Today it's Groundhog Day, Groundhog Day Oh take me to a party Take me to a party I think I hear the music playing, ooh Take me out of my room I gotta get to a party Take me, take me to a party Take me out I think I gotta get out of my place I hear the music playing

8/7/14

Elvis Costello - Live Salle Victoire Montpellier (1984)






















Requested yesterday by a visitor, re-up today. Since I will take some days off soon, I can't promise I'll be in situation to answer so quickly but don't hesitate to ask for a re-up. The good thing (that rs deleted my files and that I re-up on M) is that it gave me the oportunity to remix the tape (with Mp3DoctorPro2) and in the case of this totally unissued live capture, you'll hear the sound has been much improved. So get it here.

Almost a month I didn't post anything, and I don't really come back but post a live recording made by my blogther Rough Mix in 1984. If you're Costello addicts, you'll be infinitely happy to listen to this live set in a rather better quality than the bootleg of it you can find on the net (for example here). Rough is currently transforming stuff from tapes to MP3 and I promise some unusual things later on. Meanwhile, I let the keyboard to my ole time friend. dk

This time, a rather particular recording... This Elvis Costello's show and his Attractions, which I attended myself, was recorded with a K7 device on February 1984 in Montpellier (France),and the result is more than adequate in my opinion. In this debut of year 1984 Costello began an European tour and decided to grind some new songs from a forthcoming album. Recently arrived in this provincial town which musical history is more anchored around Mediterrannean latin culture than in smoked pubs along banks of the Thames,this was one of the best concert I've seen here, an oasis in this desert music programming. Since the beginning of the 80s, Elvis Costello was digging in his musical Jazz and Pop roots ,such as in Imperial Bedroom, to improve his repertoire. Trust and Almost blue had been bitter failures for him and his faithful pal Steve Nieve .The memory of this event persisted again few months later ,when I bought in June, his new album Goodbye Cruel World. Because what surprised me was when I discovered the picture on the sleeve (see below), showing two trees on a small mound, with Costello's gang perched on it. These trees are famous here, they are called the Saint Aunes twin cypress, which can be seen along the A9 motorway, few miles before Montpellier city, as well as on the first images of the Agnes Varda's film Sans toi, ni loi. It should be noted that the concert took place at the Victory Hall and not at the Palais des Sports (which does not exist elsewhere). The setlist can be found here. Rough Mix

8/6/14

Eno - Seven Deadly Finns / Later On 7" (1974)



Since all my files were deleted by rs it's not easy to choose which ones to re-up first except when you ask but few of you ask, so here an Eno post because his recent declarations about Gaza were courageous. I upgraded a little bit the orginal sound that was from my own rip. It's better now. Get it here (tell me if everything's OK with M, personally it's a real pleasure to use). PS. Below a video from Eno at Dutch TV singing (mimicking) this song.

Here's the first of some posts about Brian Eno, when he was only named Eno and he was the sophisticated glamster archetypal specimen. We have been some to believe we had our British Todd Rundgren, the genius we were waiting for, but 2 years later he was going in one of the most musical nonsense of the century (at least to my ears), I mean ambiant muzak. So, here is his first solo single, released some months after the Here Come The Warm Jets LP (only some months after he quited Roxy Music) still an album in my top 100 all periods, but there's a long time I didn't write a Top 100 list I must say. Not that the song on this single is one of his best, but it's a real forgotten one, not even included as bonus track on the reissues of HCTWJ. Moreover, it's in good sound quality since it was taken from the Eno Box II - Vocals. The B-side was an outtake from the Fripp/Eno Pussyfooting LP (see comment below),an album that can be considered as the ancestor of drone (if you're in Nadja it should be a shock to hear that it was already done in 1973, although not with the same achievement). Personally, I've never been able to listen to it, although I'm quite used to experimental and extreme music. But this one always bored me. Yesterday I was not able to include this B-side in the rar file but a visitor (see comments below) gave the link to do it (in a vinyl rip) so now the single is complete. Some more from this period... later on.



Oh oh the french girls with the string of pearls Think it’s such a fucking shame That the local boys with their country joys Never make them daisy chains hey’re swapping disappointing incidents While at the docks another ship pulls in And suddenly the door breaks down (ooh la la) It’s the seven deadly finns Oh oh oh soldiers and sailors Have all been here before Gigolos and governments Have stumbled through that door Because they need all those french girls with all their kiss curls And powder in their guns And the seven finns with their deadly grins Tend to measure beauty in tuns The first is a freak with a masochistic streak And the second is a kitten up a tree The third is a flirt with an awful print skirt And the fourth is pretending to be me The fifth wears a mac and never turns his back The sixth never shows his eyes But the seventh deadly finn is so tall and slim He shoulda never been with those guys Although variety’s the spice of life A steady rhythm is the source Simplicity’s the crucial thing Systemically of course (work it all out like norbert wiener)So if those french girls say to you ’would you like your ashes piped ? ’ You’ll have to take their word for it It’s the only thing to take



8/2/14

Mott The Hoople - AC/DC [completed LP] (1971)



Asked by Greg (hello Greg), re-up by... me actually. A great lost album I reconstructed from various sources. Would have been a winner for sure. Here to get it (and viva M, a great place to upload stuff and shares it). Below the texts of the older posts.

I re-post this album that could have been because there were 2 tracks recorded in April 1971 (the first version of "Momma's Little Jewel" and the Dylanesque "(There's an) Ill Wind Blowing") that were omitted from the previous version. I added them in appropriate place of the playlist (although I guess) and encourage you to dl this version to have more than 40 min of rare testimony of what a hell of an album this would have been. Below what I said in the previous post.

After the musically weak and commercially failed Wildlife (released in March 1971), Mott The Hoople recorded several songs in studio sessions planned in April, May and August for purposed singles and further album. They were back to their heavy sound although they did some (unsuccessful) attempts to record more commercial songs. They tried to produce themselves, but in September, they called back the great and weird Guy Stevens for helping them on the production of what will become their Brain Capers LP (released in November 1971). Few songs recorded during these spring and summer sessions will feature in this late LP and even "The Journey" will be re-recorded. The putative album was designed to be called AC/DC but the explicit sexual content made them abandon this idea. An Australian band would, some years later, make this name one of the most famous on the planet. Listening to the 10 songs recorded during this time period (only 8 are on the album cos the 2 others would be A-sides of released singles I'll post later, are quite unusual for the band and certainly not appropriate in such an LP), it's clear the band is begining to adopt the singular approach of rock that will lead them to celebrity. But the most important is how loud and heavy they could be. This mix between old time rock 'n' roll, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and heavyness, is what makes this music rather eternal. So, if you agree, imagine this album is the 4th MTH one and enjoy it this way. I hesitated quite a long time before chosing the order of the songs and their place on each side, but I think I finally ended on a good one, with songs opening and closing each side where they should be. The cover sleeve was the inner cover of Brain Capers.

 






7/31/14

Alternative TV - Is there still life in Southend fake EP (1978)


Tonight re-up is this 4 song-epic fake EP from ATV (you know it's one of my fave band if you are a usual visitor), recorded live in Southend and featuring a stunning version of "Nasty Little Lonely", one of the most singular track of Mark Perry since it has its roots in late british blues à la Free. Moreover I love the cover sleeve I did for it. Enjoy it if you didn't catch it before here
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This blog is 3 years old now and I feel some old post are becoming forgotten posts. So I decided to update some old posts I think deserve to be reminded to new visitors who would have not imagined to click on the link of the band. Today this fake live EP from Alternative TV recorded during the summer of 1978, just after the release of their masterpiece LP The Image Has Cracked and surely the best live testimony of the band ever released. The 4 songs are played with intensity that I never found again in the band and Mark Perry shows how a great live singer he was. It's heavy, noisy, emotive, it's far above what the punk movement could offer at the time. Don't miss it. 
Below what I wrote in the initial post. 
Actually, this is not a true EP, but 4 songs played in Southend (UK) during the tour Alternative TV did with Here & Now. Alternative TV has always been my f.... (yes fave) band issued from the punk movement, the only movement I personally participated to as an active element. I talk about the first punk wave, not the punk's-not-dead one some years later. And I talk about the English scene, since in France it was mostly a joke, and the US one only an other way to be rock'n' roll. Mark Perry can be considered as one of the true brain of England punk, not only via his Sniffin' Glue fanzine but via Alternative TV, a band summarizing all the utopia of punk, a way to be creative whatever the ability to play, a movement based on the genius of energy. All this was short-lived and Mark Perry knew that it would turn sour very early, as soon as their first single "How Much Longer" (in fact the second one but no matter), in which he was bitterly ironic on the uniformity of punk codes and uniforms. After releasing what I consider to be the most important punk album (The Image Has Cracked), he toured with Here & Now, a "hippie" band, just to show that he did not want to follow the discriminative views of most of punks in these times (and I must admit I adopted some of these discriminative views myself for some years). Several songs from this tour were recorded and released in a LP called Live 1978 on Overground records, and edited by Steve Albini, who has a certain affection for ATV (the other way to write the name of the band). In this album, the quality of the recording was uneven. The recording of the show played at Southend was far the best of the whole, and I think the 4 songs from this set would have benefited to be edited separately. This is what I do here, with a self-made cover, so don't try to buy it on the web, this is fake. If you like these songs, buy the Live 1978 LP instead. Honestly, the version of "Nasty Little Lonely" that can be heard here, is the best I heard from them. The beginning is not without similarity with Free and then it's Black Sabbath gone punk. Not the archetype of the straight forward punk band as old hippies were trying to convince everybody the movement was. The other great moment is "Still Life", opened by Mark Perry asking what I chose for the title of this virtual EP ("Is there still life in Southend?"). "Viva La Rock'n' Roll" has always been one of the peaks of the ATV achievement, even if this version does not reach the altitude of the studio one. "Fellow Sufferer" is more difficult and anticipate the next musical step of Mark Perry, the Good Missionaries. I talk too much.The best is to let you enjoy it.

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7/29/14

JFG and friends - Golden Oldies (2002-2010)





















Tonight, the second re-up. A compilation of covers by the great jfg. Don't miss this gem (here) there's full of aural treasures in it. Could have been a joke, it's a winner. After a one year staying in Berlin, he's back in France and in music action. Buy his stuff on bandcamp (here), there's not a filler in it. Text of the first post below.

If you're a regular visitor of FS, you know how I dig JFG, one of the rare singer-songwriter of the last decade to make me feel the way I felt about Dan Treacy, Mark Perry, Peter Perrett or Nikki Sudden in the 80's. Unfortunately, he (hitherto) did not meet any moment of glory and sure living in France did not help. Now he's relocated in Berlin and he just opened a record store called Foxhole (weserstrasse 179 Neukölln, see picture below) and I hope he'll find in this town a better place to live than in this rotting country. Kevin Coyne and Nikki Sudden did, no reason jfg doesn't. Here is a compilation of covers he did in the first decade of the century with various line-ups. He always succeeds in making others songs his. A treasure in which everyone can grab sound pearls. Good luck to him for the future. His bandcamp page here (his last EP is a masterpiece). Previous posts there. Below, in streaming, a personal subjective selection covering the various styles of the LP.




7/25/14

Alain Kan/Gazoline - Sally / Electric injection (single) - 1977



Since rs has deleted my account (3 years after mf did the same) and treated as illegal all my dl, I had the choice to give up or to go on for the 3rd time. Since I'm in a fighting mood, I decided to (try to) go on. So, this time I'll use M, the new sharing partner derived from MU, closed with the judiciary agitation that everyone remembers. I don't know whether it's a good choice or not but time will tell (if I still have time, at my age, it's an uncertain friend). So, I begin the 3rd life of Forgotten Songs with the real first post, the one about Alain Kan's punk band called Gazoline. This was actually more a AK with a backing band that a real band but after all, everything was written in August 2009 almost 5 years ago (God!!! 5 years...) below. Try the new link at the end of the post and tell me if it works. If it's OK, I'll try to re-up all the material posted in the last 5 years again but it will take some time so be patient or ask for the ones you are the most impatient to get.

Alain Kan is one of the greatest French singer, performer and lyricist of the XXth century. An hybrid between Oscar Wilde, Antonin Artaud, David Bowie (but not faking) and Marlene Dietrich. He went so far in the verbal crudity for describing the perverse nature of human relation in our mercantile societies where everything is in sale, asses included, that it seems quite impossible to imagine any English or American singer be courageous enough to sing them. Two of these LPs (he released 4 between 1975 and 1986) were withdrawn because of the scandalous content of these texts. When punk exploded, and although he was 33 years old, he jumped in what he considered the only issue for rock. He formed Gazoline but this band was short-lived. They released 2 singles. Both are very different. Here is the first one. Not the best known since it is not the punk style per se of the second one that most of writers talk about when they refer to Gazoline. For me this is the best and maybe some of the best songs Alain Kan created. The atmospher is quite difficult to describe but honestly if you feel some difficulty to breathe in listening to "Sally", you'll probably stop on "Electric Injection" since this piece of music is like an electric fog in which you dissolve. And if you understand the words, impossible not to feel physically oppressed. Of course this single flopped and 2 years later, on this What ever happened to Alain Z Kan, he took again the riff of "Sally" to compose the fabulous "Devine qui vient dîner" ("Guess who comes for dinner") in which he invites Adolph Hitler for dinner and the reason why the album had problems with censure. It is quite a shitty attitude that the 3-CD box released 2 years ago did not included these 2 singles. Maybe some legal rights problem but I would like to be sure. It is said that one album was recorded with Fred Chichin (who later will form the Rita Mitsouko) but this information, found in wikipedia, is apocryphe. The marvellous Marie France is the gorgeous lady on the recto and verso of the cover. She also performed on stage with Alain Kan. Some pictures are in the file. I won't say enjoy here, but finally aural pain can be enjoyed.

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6/15/14

Melanie - Low Country LP (1997)



A reup. Take it quick before all my rs files are deleted. It's really a great LP.

1997 was a busy year for Melanie with Antlers at the end of the year (try it here) and Low Country at the beginning (the one we talk about). It's a shame that this album was not released with a normal distribution since it had everything to find a large audience. Actually this is the more American record she did in all her career. In a sense her Dylano-Springteenian album although it's hard for me to write it (I kinda dislike Springsteen). It's quite similar to what Ian Hunter's been doing in the late years. It seems so different of her other albums that it shows that Melanie has never been your usual country-rock singer as some would seem to suppose. The album contains some real gems and even if there are some rockers, most of the LP is quiet and lyrically real sad and desillusioned on almost everything, love included ("I'm Not In Love Anymore" is one of her most depressive texts). To the 12 tracks of the initial version, I add the unreleased version of "Prematurely Grey" recorded during the same sessions and that is one of the most moving songs of the whole. Strange she did not want to include it here. I would have liked to know the reason why. Musically, she is backed with her son and fine musicians and no more trace of the awful 80's sound that ruined her songs during the eighties and the first part of the 90's. Actually, this is not the style of music I prefer but Melanie could sing almost any style, I would be able to appreciate. I used the real cover sleeve for the front but created a back one to write the song names. Included in the rar file are the lyrics of all the songs. Thx to say thx in comments if you appreciate the work. Enjoy it here.



In streaming, I posted the rockest of the whole, "On The Lam Of The Law", not far from what Barbara Keith plays with the Stone Coyotes, and the previously unreleased one, "Prematurely Grey", for its emotional power. I added an interesting video (not good visual quality but sound is OK) in which she plays "Freedom Knows My Name" 2 years before Low Country, backed with a bass-drummer duo and by her daughter for vocals.

A Lam In The Law. I'm on the lam from the law boy On the lam from the law I never pick up no certified mail You never know what it's for If anybody asks you tell them I'm not home I'm gonna take my number Off this bugged telephone You see I never did, I never knew, I never saw On the lam from the law I'm on the lam from the law boy On the lam from the law As if death wasn't enough boy They never leave you alone If anybody asks you don't know where I am I don't know how I got myself into this terrible jam You see I never did, I never knew, I never saw On the lam from the law No dirty words in my song I drive with my seat belt on Got sued and lost what a scam See you in court Get in line what a jam I'm on the lam from the law boy On the lam from the law I never pick up no certified mail You never know what it's for If anybody asks you tell them you don't know where I am I don't know how I got myself Into this terrible jam I never did, I never knew, I never saw I'm on the lam from the law I'm on the lam from the law I'm on the lam from the law

Prematurely Grey. Too quick to smile And to easy to cry The first to say hello And the last to say goodbye A sucker for adventure A fool for the truth And I'm prematurely grey Absolutely blue And I'm prematurely grey Absolutely blue Too late to come And the last to go The first one to believe And the last to know A sucker for religion And all that is true And I'm prematurely grey Absolutely blue And I'm prematurely grey Absolutely blue

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6/8/14

Melanie - Ooh Child Fake single (1970)

Today the daughter of my "bro love" rough mix  had a baby, a son, and this post is a way to celebrate this event. It's a rarity, an unreleased and unissued cover of the Five Stairsteps, a soft soul band signed by Buddah records, who had a hit with this wonderful song, here covered marvellously by my "singer love" Melanie (yes, I know I'm a little bit oecumenic tonight but let's be like this once a year), who shared the same label. Her version is honestly the most moving I heard and there have been quite a lot in the last 50 years. But I'm not objective. Why did this song never find a path on a vinyl release, it's a complete mystery since it deserved to find. I don't even know when the song was  recorded. Surely in the early seventies but I'm not sure. Didn't find any details about this song on the web or in the books about her I have. If you are a Melanie fan have some deeper knowledge about this song than me, don't hesitate to insult me for my ignorance and light my lantern. The version I found is rather of poor quality and derives from You Tube. I tried to improve the sound with a MP3 enhancer and the result is not so bad (but don't forget I'm not a sound engineer). What's very interesting is that it's more than 5 min long and that the atmosphere has the time to catch you by the ears and soul. And that there are true musical arrangements. For the cover sleeve I used a picture of baby Melanie of course. Don't see what could have been more relevant. If the song was initially intended to talk about the situation of black people in the US, it can today be used for almost every child born in a hard-living part of the world or in a poor area of any society, whatever his or her colour. And for today, it is dedicated to the rough mix grandson, hoping the lyrics will be his reality. Some words about the last post (rs inflated rates). It seems they have postponed their new rates to the 1st of July. Don't know why. What I'm sure of is that I won't be richer next month than last one so I won't pay their gangster accounts fares. Don't have found any alternative to this day but I keep on thinking of it. So hurry up to enjoy this fake single here.