A distinctly retro vibe this week, not sure how that has come about but here we have it. Many thanks to all contributors, and lots of good wishes to abahachi in his new job. Please keep the earworms coming to email@example.com.
Bristol (feat. Dawn) – No Justice – abahachi: I’m leaving Bristol after twenty-odd years for a new job even further south-west, and it seems appropriate to mark the occasion with something musical: not an actual Bristol act, but a track from a fascinating album orchestrated by Marc Collin (half of Nouvelle Vague), covering classic trip-hop songs (this one originally done by Smith & Mighty) in the style of 1960s French film music.
Jah Lion – Flashing Whip –goneforeign: OK so you can’t understand a word, just pretend it’s a foreign language, it is, it’s patois; it wouldn’t bother you if it was in Greek. Long time favourite with me, it was produced at Lee Perry’s Black Ark Studio with his house band.
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky – Ravi Raman: I hadn’t heard this in years and years but since it popped up on a Net radio I’ve not been able to get it out of my head. A true one-hit wonder and a psychedelic gospel written by a Jewish musician!
Mud – Flower Power – severin: Their first single. From 1967. Available on an album called Piccadilly Sunshine Part 13 – British Pop Psych and Other Flavours if you are interested.
Elvis Presley – In The Ghetto – tincanman: The telling of how a child born into urban poverty turns understandably to crime (and dies for it) didn’t have to be set in the wilds of a Chicago ghetto; we equate the word with destitute, Black sections of American cities as seen in The Wire and 60s newscasts, but that’s just recent usage Princeton sociologist Mitchell Duneier finds in his new book, Ghetto. http://goo.gl/TIkchG.
The Alan Hull Songbook – 297 Words – AliM: The recently released album “Songbook” showcases previously unreleased songs from 1967-69 demo tapes, made before Alan Hull joined Lindisfarne. Sadly Alan is no longer with us, so here they are performed by his son-in-law, Dave Hull-Denholm, and multi-instrumentalist Ian Thompson, who remain true to Alan’s style; I particularly like this track.
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