Melanie - Alternative Photograph LP (1976)

A reup. Hurry up dling it before rs removes all my files. 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.

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. Enjoy your ears  here.

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

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



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.


Hurry up, only 3 days left before files deleted

As I wrote in a recent post, due to a totally prohibitive increase in the price rapidshare will ask for the standard plus formula, on the 15th of April all the files (actually singles, EPs or albums) uploaded on this blog will probably (cos' it's not clear what will happen for those who won't pay) be deleted since I don't have the financial abilities to pay monthly such an amount of money to these swiss thieves (49.99€, that means about 60$). Sad I know but got no other solution. Presently, no other provider seems to offer a decent service (in many, files are deleted when not downloaded for longer than one month or even less) for a decent price. If you have some suggestions, don't hesitate to write in comments, but I swear I've looked at many of those on the net and none of them fulfil my expectations. So, it seems this blogs lives its last moments. Don't miss the opportunity to get the stuff you would like to listen to. There's plenty of it I (modestly) think. So hurry up, even if you're not called Harry. dk


Jethro Tull - Bourée / Fat Man (1969)

A reupload of a single removed with my mf account and never reup on the rs one (first demand I got to have the link fixed). An opportunity to inform again this blog's visitors due to a totally prohibitive and robbery rate rs had decided to ask (about 60$ per month), I fear that all my uploaded stuff will disappear on April the 15th and I encourage you to dl the largest amount of material you can before it is not available. The link for this one at the end of the text I wrote in the first post.

That may seem strange to most of you, but in France, when you say "Jethro Tull", the only memory you obtain from your interlocutor is often "Ah oui, la Bourée!". This song (actually an instrumental, and moreover a cover of the 5th movement from Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996 (BC L166) written by Johann Sebastian Bach quite a long time ago, is a trademark of the band in my country. Quite sad actually but this is the consequence of the great success of this track when released in single in France. Actually, it was not released in every country (not in UK for example), and not with the same backing track (some have "Reasons for Waiting", others "We Used To Know", sureley the version that Don Henley had when writing "Hotel California"). But most often, it's the great "Fat Man" that was on B-side. If the song was such a success in France is surely linked to the fact that the bourrée is a French style. A way to remember our own folklore, quite forgotten compared to the English or Irish folklore. This single was released in the wake of the Stand Up album. I hesitated to post it since none of the songs are rare, but as a nostalgic gesture (I discovered the band, little kid, with this song, and their look and attitude totally caught me, see the first video below), I did it. Enjoy it here. Below, the French cover sleeve of the 7" and 2 pix from Claude Delorme-Philips from the band in Paris in September 1969. The last video is a totally live version.


Monochrome Set - He's Franck (Slight Return) (1978)

This is the band's first demo tape, recorded 13 May 1978, released in Dec 1979 on the band's one-off label "Disquo Bleu" (logo adapted from Gauloises Disque Bleu cigarettes), distributed by Rough Trade. This is what is said about this EP on Discogs and I believe them. Surely the objective was for Rough Trade to capitalize on the success of the band's first singles when they were leaving the label for Dindisc (a Virgin child label). But it was a welcome addition (and addiction too) to the band's catalogue since the version was quite different from the official one and the 2 other tracks impossible to avoid for a MS aficionado. This offering to thank the band for the great moment they offered me last week when playing in Paris (actually Saint Ouen, at the Mains d'Oeuvres). They are really one of the rare bands of this period not to seem useless and pure-nostalgia. Enjoy here. However, I just read that rs will uprise its price to prohibitive levels (50 € / month) on the 15 April 2014. I won't pay this so all my uploads will surely disappear. Not sure I'll have the courage to upload elsewhere. Did that 2 years ago when mf suddenly removed my account. So download the most of what you can from this blog before mid-April cos' it may be the last time material will be available. PS. Did a cover sleeve since there was none except the (ugly) Gauloise label.


JFG - Singles (2010-2012)

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. Enjoy this single compilation 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).


Marc Bolan & Gloria Jones - Do I Love Thee fake EP (1975)

This song has never found its way on any single or album although it seems Bolan had some expectations about it, the proof is these 3 versions, the first one being the only one not far from being ready to be released (I found it on the A Paw Of Fur, An Air of Doom/The Midnight Sky of a Solid Mad Scientist bootleg compilation and, to my knowledge, not featuring on any of the various outtakes released these late years). It's maybe the peak of what I would call his "excessoul" period, removing all glam and even rock preoccupation. Not far from the way Steve Marriott would also approach black music. Both will fail to convince the little white teens that this music could be as exciting as these two artists were expecting it would be. Strangely, 5 years later, a guy called Prince would begin his triumphal march with a music that shared some similarities, but true that neither Bolan or Marriott had this little thing that could make crowds "shake their booty" as the Minneapolis wizard could do. So here we are with this song and its 3 versions (the alternate and the instrumental are from the vol 5 of the Unchained series). You may be surprised that I chose to create this fake EP under the name of Marc Bolan and GLoria Jones rather than T. Rex, but actually remember that on the Zip Gun cover sleeve it was written Bolan and not T. Rex, and morever, listening to the song, it's much more a duo than a band song, maybe the reason why it was not on the official LP. Some months later, seeing the weak reception of this US-oriented style, Bolan would make some various attempts to get back to a more rock sound and this outtake surely seemed to him not relevant anymore. Enjoy it here. I'm quite proud of the cover sleeve I must say. Happy to have found this picture taken by Norman Seef (I should have written it on the back cover, too late now, sorry for him).

Do I love thee in my heart like a jet black rose mighty thunder like my love in my head as it goes Shadow baby all the mansions of gold will be yours Do I love thee do i love thee like the secrets flow Have you seen her that girl like a cat in the storm he ever loved her since the day that the earth was born Do sing a rapture air supplied to our vibe that stay Flashing jet stream cruise on like the line of a team deep lagoon yeah trying to ride on the freighter dune Senseless times and trying to age like the youth of a claw Do I love thee do I love thee child of the gulls Jet lag rolls home night of thunder´s all that I know get in the back girl and put a kiss on it and it´ll grow


Adam and the Ants - The Decca Demos (August 1978)

One of the great news of last year was the Adam Ant come back, with a great album and, more strangely, a great look (and a good band to back him). If there was one of my ancient heros I didn't expect anything more, it was surely Adam Ant. But here he is and it's really a nice feeling to know he's with us again. So, these late days, I'm listening to his old stuff again, first because although I liked the Pirate period, it's rather certain than his beginnings with the Ants were artistically more interesting, and moreover because he has the great idea to play the Dirk Wears White Socks album in his coming tour and it's a manner to associates this blog to this event. Not that I post the official LP (this is not the philosophy of this blog) but I gathered from various sources the demos the band recorded in August 1978 for Decca (and not in December, that I will try to gather for another post), more than one year prior to the release of Dirk. During these sessions, the line-up consisted of Matthew Ashman on guitar and  Dave Barbe on drums, who would leave to form Bow Wow Wow after the Dirk LP, and Andy Warren on bass who would leave for The Monochrome Set. The music played here is rather rough and edgy, influenced actually more by some progressive bands of the seventies (with a touch of Krautrock and a Velvet Underground flavor) than by straight post-Stooges punk, but what's surprising is how this music has aged well and has been a source of inspiration for so many bands in the late 90's and early 00's (nice number for a decade). However, I've tried to rectify the sound the best I could, using the best sources for each song, but of course maybe there are better and it's still not equivalent to the sound of an official LP. But believe me, you will listen to that quite often once you played it the first time. It's rather addictive. Enjoy it here. I think the cover sleeve would have done a nice one for an official release. I don't remember where I found the picture but I immediately thought it was relevant to the content.


Humble Pie - John Peel Sunday Show (1970)

This show was recorded during the period the band was becoming the hard blues combo it would be most remembered for in the story of rock music, the band who left the famous Performance Rockin' the Fillmore (released in complete version last October, that means with the 4 shows the band played over their 2 day staying in the place) to the world, recorded 8 months later. Interestingly, here the band is only negociating its heavy turn and it's a less extreme approach of this so typical 70's style characterized by long long tracks with a lot of improvisation. The best moment of this show is the 18 min cover of Dr John's classic "I Walk On Guilded Splinters". Really amazing the way they carry the audience throughout a maelstrom of gloomy blues and voodoo atmospheres. No use to say more. Steve Marriott was really a sort of hero in his genre. And hearing the so particular John Peel voice introducing each song, as if we were still in 1970 listening to the radio, is a nostalgia shoot for old dogs like me. Enjoy it here. I created the cover sleeve with a Harry Clarke drawing (the illustrator of Edgar Allan Poe). Sorry for the picture on the back cover, it's the 1972 version of the band, Clem Clempson replacing Peter Frampton, gone for sucessful solo adventures. Below, the videos are not from this show but shot during the same period.


Kim Fowley - Gonna See My Name In Lights / Angel Of Fire fake 7" (1980)

Our beloved Kim Fowley is having a hard chemotherapy journey these days, in order to cure his damned bladder cancer. So here's a modest way to share a thought  for him with visitors of this blog. These 2 songs were composed and recorded with Kari Krome (on electric piano) from the Runaways, somewhere between 1976 and 1985. I chose to write 1980 but I'm not sure and maybe it was sooner or later. You'll be surprised to hear the quiet and intimate atmosphere of these gems, showing KF has never been this clown too many consider he was, but rather a touching and impressive multi-talented genius who, moreover, has this strange faculty to say a lot about human condition (pathetic, romantic, free, wild, doomed, damned, human, animal and so much more). I did the cover sleeve of this faked single with a picture of little Kim on a real horse for a ride who took him through epic and musical stories. Enjoy it here. Below, a picture of Kari Krome. A salute from someone who wears him in his heart for 40 years now and who never interrupted his constant support and admiration for the bad boy of rock'n' roll.


John Lee Hooker - The "Lou Della" session (1958)

Let's try again since rs made the file illegal. Hope this time it'll work. Here.

Another reup for this session completed the year I was born. All the details are in the text below. More John Lee to come on FS. I really love the cover sleeve I did for this fake LP. It would have deserved to be released this way. The new link is at the end of the initial text below.

From 1955 to 1964, John Lee Hooker was mainly under contract with Vee Jay, although he recorded some sessions for other labels in the meantime. This partnership will bring him some success but his production will be uneven, Vee Jay often trying to make of him a follower of fashion, leading to some industrial disaster in the sixties. The relationship began with a little difficulty, as with this session, recorded on the 10th of June 1958 at Chicago, in which, for the first time, he recorded enough songs in a one session to make an LP, beginning with 2 intended hits ("I Love You Honey" (a cover and a quite bad result) and "You've Taken My Woman" (a not better original, miming more than being rock 'n roll)). After that, John Lee did what he did best, play his raw and rough blues with a backing band that seemed to understand his idiosyncrasic conception of beat. These songs will be spread on various compilations years later (on House Rent Boogie and Travellin' for example). So here's is the album (I gave it the name of "Lou Della" cos' it's an occasion to honor women) that could have been at the end of 1958. The first album Vee Jay will release will be I'm John Lee Hooker in 1959, but only after John Lee Hooker will record a rural blues one for Riverside, due to a sudden interest by young white students for the roots of blues. Whether John Lee will played this old style for a white audience with pleasure or for money is a question never answered. The fact is that his true music at the time was what he recorded in this session, and appreciated mainly by a black audience. In the further ones for Vee Jay, it is not impossible that there was some kind of pressure for recording more commercial songs. And I'm quite proud of the cover sleeve I chose.

Below one of the many superb and forgotten Hooker's masterpieces: "Nightmare"



The Monochrome Set - He's Frank / Alphaville (1979)

Following a visitor's comment, I reup the 3 Monochrome Set first singles. A nice way to give this great stuff an ear. I'm getting back more and more often in the music of this period these days. It's true it was the music of my youth. The only movement in which I really was involved in. The link in the text I initially wrote for this post

It was a real pleasure to see the reformed (at least 3 members) Monochrome Set recently (with JFG and his Regulars as support band). Some say Bid now looks a little bit like me (we must have the same age) and it could be worse as comparison. Between 1978-1980, this band was not in my faves (I was rather in ATV, Vic Godard, Buzzcocks, Wire, Only Ones or Soft Boys) but listening back to these tunes on stage, I remembered I found them quite sapid and they supported the test of time quite well. Not sure to post all their singles but here's the first, with 2 A-sides actually since "Alphaville" (anyone who names a song from a Jean-Luc Godard film got my respect) is a true gem. Strangely I find the present voice of Bid more appropriate to the melody than it was. But I'm surely getting old. Taste this sweetness here.

(Alphaville)She slits her senseless skin (Alphaville) In time to Fred Astaire (Alphaville)I know you’re always there (Don’t look now)She’s so debonair, she’s a manic depressive (Don’t look now)She’s a millionaire, and her bills are excessive (Alphaville)She feels her senses wane (Alphaville)In pleasant melody (Alphaville)I’ll take you now with me (Don’t look now)She’s a movie star, she’s a split personality (Don’t look now)She’s got oom-pah-pah, and Papa says it’s insanity Don’t look now, your mind’s deteriorating Don’t look now, and if it’s irritating I’ll know how to set it right again Don’t look now, your world’s collapsing, dear Don’t look now, and if it’s taxing, dear I’ll know how to put it back again (Alphaville)She sleeps in useless flesh (Alphaville)The rancid, blood-soaked breast (Alphaville)In sunlight and slow death (Don’t look now)She’s a movie star, she’s a little bit touched (Don’t look now)She’s so wünderbar, all gears and no clutch

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Alternative TV / The Good Missionaries - At Greenwich Theatre and at Lyceum Ballroom (1979)

During spring 1979, the mutation of Alternative TV into the Good Missionaries was complete. The band was no more a punk one (he always was a little on the marge anyway but was assimilated with the movement due to their first punk anthems) but a totally experimental free rock one and it was not without some trouble with the audiences and difficulties for early times fans to follow their hero (cos' Mark Perry was a sort of for young people like I was). These two shows are captured during spring and summer 1979, when the band had released its infamous Vibing Up The Senile Man some months before (in March). They still play a little bit as ATV was in its most raw art moments (cos' this music had more to do with raw art than with experimental, progressive or conceptual ones) but sometimes it's really a disturbing and not easy listening. For those who have a very bad memory of The Good Missionaries on record, they will be pleasantly surprised to hear the somewhat jazzy Kraut style the band adopted on "Bottom of the World" (first track played). I was not aware of this cassette until recently. One side was 30 min at the Greenwich Theatre, a second one partly at Lyceum Ballroom in May 1979 (at least that's what is written on the cassette sleeve) and partly in various occasions during the summer of 1979. If some knew this cassette, they will be surprised by the sound, since I tried to improve a little bit the "production" and put some more bass and consistency to the sound in order to allow a complete listening. Happy to add some rare historical testimony to this blog. Enjoy it here. I did the cover sleeve with a picture taken at Greenwich for this show it seems. Mark Perry's pictures below are said to have been taken during this tour. He was really a good looking young man.


John Lee Hooker - Sittin' Here Thinkin' (1954)

Released in 1979, this session was the last John Lee Hooker recorded (in 1954) without stable label contract before being recruited by Vee Jay where he stayed during 10 years (with some infidelities at the beginning of the sixties). On this session, Ed Kirkland is on guitar but the bass and drums are played by unknown musicians (maybe Tom Whitehead on drums but the drumming here a little better than the one Whitehead was able to). A CD version was released in 1990 on the French label Vogue, with a song not featuring on the vinyl version: "When My Wife Quits Me". This is this version I posted here. Most of songs are actually about recriminations about male-female relationship and separation, but it was not a rare thema in Hooker's lyrics it's true. And it's an important question I must admit. Not sure thinkgs have changed a lot in 60 years. I've tried to find an alternative cover sleeve but didn't find a picture appropriate enough to justify not using the official CD one. So here it is. It's not the best he did in his life (I mean the session, not the cover sleeve), but an interesting one deserving to feature in each Hooker discography.


Alternative TV - Best Wishes 7" (1991)

Since the great Mark Perry posted the cover sleeve today on his facebook page, it's an opportunity to reup this lovely single. The link was not dead so it's really just a reup for pleasure to put ATV back on the top of this blog. And another good news is that the band will be back on stage in Brighton on the 21st of February. One of the best news of this raising year. Do another LP Mark please, it's one of my best wish.

Recorded 1 year after the lo-key Sol EP (to be posted one day) and 3 years before My Life As A Child Star LP (here), this is actually a split single for Mark Perry, sharing the single with James Kyllo, the second member of the new-look ATV. The Mark Perry song is a fine one although the production has too much echo and the drums are a little bit too loud. But it's impossible for me to be severe with a Mark Perry song. The Kyllo one is not bad but of course I would have liked better at the times (news of him being rare in these years) that he would have offered both songs. I don't think these have been put on CD and neither on any compilation so this is one more rare ripped from my vinyl here.

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Groundhogs - Solid Live (1974)

Some weeks ago, a 3-CD compilation was released with the 3 LPs the band recorded for UA between 1972 and 1976 (Hogwash, Crosscut Saw and Black Diamond) and in which I had the surprise to find songs played at the Playhouse Theatre on the 23rd May 1974 that allowed me to complete the previously released songs from this concert. Thus, I added them to this live LP I had called Solid Live since most of the tracks I had gathered were from Solid, the album the band had released some weeks before the concert. Strangely, Solid was not issued on UA and it's the reason it is not on this 3-CD compilation. This additional songs are what we'd called band classics, with the famous parts 1 and 2 of "Split", "Ship On The Ocean" and "I Love Miss Ogyny" from Hogwash. It's now more than one hour of live music from one of the most abrasive and unclassifiable band of the seventies. And one that still talks to us today (at least to me). Enjoy it here. Below what I wrote in the first post.

Here we find the Groundhogs 2 years after the previous concert posted here. They became bleaker than ever and their Solid album explores the darkest sides of human brain associated with a really oppressive music. The blues is back again but makes a strange bridge between Hendrix and Gang of Four. On stage, in the tour to promote the LP, the band is much more compact and focussed on songs than they were and McPhee's solos are much noiser and less virtuoso than before. Here they play 4 songs from Solid and it's maybe my fave live recording of the band (but some done in 1976 are also great). These tracks were released on a 2-set album issued in 1994 and compiling a 1972 concert (with the old formation) and this one, reunited because recorded for BBC Radio One. But the 15 min version of "Soldier" was not included and could only be found on the remastered CD version of Thanks Christ For The Bomb. Here, I gathered all the available tracks from this concert. If you know other ones I would have missed, thanks to tell in comments, I'd tried to add them. This is really great testimony of the band, playing in 1974 a style that would have surely been more popular in 1977 or in the onset of grunge.

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John Cale - Mercenaries (Ready For War) / Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores 7" (1980)

This single was released with the Sabotage Live LP and featured an edit version of "Mercenaries" and an unissued song that would be covered the same year by Bauhaus on the B-side of their "Telegram Sam" cover single (are you still with me?). "Mercenaries" is typical of this international-politic-paranoid period John Cale was in. At these times, I had lost any interest in what he was doing but I was damned wrong. It travelled through time much better that most of what was released in 1980. Never too late to admit I have been dumb. "Rosegarden..." is something of an experimental song, actually it could be Kim Fowley (another of my heroes, who would release his great Son of Frankenstein the following year). It's more than probable that Cale was influenced by KF when he sang on this one (listen to the way he finished the song). The Bauhaus version is not very different but nothing may rivals with Cale's voice. Note also how on such songs Cale is not far from the Fall (actually the Fall are on Cale's feet). The sound quality is not very good and this is a ripped version I didn't do myself since I don't own this single. Actually, "Rosegarden" was released in apparently proper version on the Diesel CD version of Sabotage but prices are too high for my little fortune. However I added the versions featuring on a half-bootleg compilation called Doctor Dark, a shameless compilation disguised in a fake live LP with added applauses on it (this is what I call a sub-human way to treat artists and fans). Except for this awful idea, it is the occasion to listen to "Rosegarden" in a high quality format. For "Remedies", just put your Sabotage CD or good vinyl version on their supports. More from Cale soon on this blog. Meanwhile, enjoy this little amuse gueule here. Nothing cheap and nasty.


John Lee Hooker - Live at Casino de Montreux (1983)

You can find this recording of the great John Lee playing 30 years ago at the Casino de Montreux under various cover sleeves (I added mine to this collection, but included all the other ones in the file) and on several other blogs but I decided to post it on this blog cos' it was my sonor companion during my recent Xmas running sessions (I try to maintain my fitness level and to delay the unavoidable damage of time, a hopeless project but it makes me some good on a strictly mental plan so I go on) and I felt the need that this LP featured on Forgotten Songs. I thought that this set was routine as ever but it's not the case and listening to it with all the attention you can develop when music is your only encouraging friend, I found that JLH was much more concerned than in must of the recordings done during this timespan. In particular the last songs of the show are quite something (listen to Boogie Chillen below) and excitation is back again with a fantastic supporting band (with Willie Dixon on bass, Luther Allison and John Hammond on guitar, Sugar Blue on drums and Melvin Jones on keyboards, what can you expect less than exciting boogie). I'll post a little bit more often in the next weeks, having some new material (John Cale, Groundhogs and more JLH) to post. Have the best 2014 year you can dream of. Enjoy it here (the LP not the year).


Melanie - Stoneground Words (1972)

A reup of this LP after a visitor left a comment to inform me that the link was dead. Note, dear visitor that it's not a badly ripped vinyl version but a real CD one, although I doubt the quality is the best that could be drained from the original master but it's unfortunately often the case with much of the less successful Melanie's material. Hope one day she'll be considered such an important artist that none of her recording will be considered not interesting enough to benefit of a respectful sound treatment. Below what I wrote in the initial post.

This album was planned to be the first of the Melanie new free career since she was now the master of her destiny, via Neighboorhood, the label she created with Peter Shekeryk her husband,, having stopped to be in the Buddha hands, but it would be finally her swansong, only reaching  70 in the US charts and not even charting in the land that made her successful, I mean UK. Why? Surely because there's not the luxury of easy-to-remember tunes that made Gather Me such a classic. But when listening to this album, there were enough goodies to make it a hit LP if only the whole mood hadn't been so sad, nostalgic, introspective, fatalist and in one word, melancholic. And the times were not waiting for such songs. Maybe one year later, it would have been better. Cos' yes, this a much more folk, ballad-oriented and mellow album than Gather Me and even than the previous ones. Some orchestral arrangements are rather gorgeous, but not enough to make the whole album sounding as a sort of must for lovers of such music. Although they are very good songs, "Together Alone" and "Do You Believe" will be released, without success, in singles. Among the highlights, there's "Here I Am" where Melanie shows that she's one of the most moving singers any periods, a Billie Holiday for the seventies (and the next decades). A total gem for Cabaret songs amateurs. But there's enough in this album to make it one of your sonor companion for the rest of your life. Melanie, wherever you are, we love you. Enjoy it here.