Earworms 18 July 2016

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There’s a free download for you this week from Richard Lewis McLane, an interesting art-rock / neo-progressive-rock artist from the United States. His first release Beyond Words contains five tracks of instrumental rock; he has sent us a Soundcloud link to S’allgood, the lead track: http://soundcloud.com/user-545898960/Sallgood. The track is also free to download from this Bandcamp link:  http://richardlewismclane.bandcamp.com/. Happy listening, thanks to all contributors and please keep those worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Miriam Makeba –  Mbube – goneforeign: There was a popular group in the ’50’s called The Weavers, they had a hit called Wimoweh. I was so taken with it that I researched it and discovered that it was based on a South African song by Miriam Makeba, it was my introduction to African Music. Forty odd years later I met and photographed Miriam Makeba. Here’s Mbube.

Hari Prasad Chaurasia, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain – Lotus Feet – Ravi Raman: Song-Bar noms reminded me of this old favourite of mine. I’ve had this for many years and never fails to bliss me out. A rare combination as Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the flautist, doesn’t do Fusion. Here he plays with John McLaughlin, with Zakir Hussain on tabla, in a superb album called Remember Shakti.

Jackson Browne – For A Dancer – tincanman: Things I dislike about Jackson Browne: a) his voice b) he’s often lazy. But he won’t leave a dry eye in all of The Spilldom with this eulogy for a friend.

English Country Blues Band – Rambling Boys Of Pleasure – tfd: sandy8491, junks and I recently attended a Hot Vultures gig down in sunny Peacehaven, and this was a song that Sandy and I specially liked. It wasn’t on the compilation CD which I bought at the gig though, and so when I got back home I looked it up and tracked it down. Hot Vultures are Maggie Holland and her ex, Ian A Anderson; ECBB are those two plus Ron Stradling on squeezebox.

Freda Payne – Welcome to the Human Race – severin: Great voice, great sentiments, great bass line. From 2007. I bought a compilation CD called “Luxury Soul” for somebody else and the MP3 downloaded to my computer. This is the track I’ve played the most.

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Lobby – AliM: This track is haunting me. TKDE formed in 2000 as a project to compose new music for existing silent movies including Nosferatu and Metropolis. Apparently they split up in 2014. This is all I know.

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19 thoughts on “Earworms 18 July 2016

  1. Love Miriam Makeba’s voice and this song which I hadn’t heard before – at least not this early/original version of it.
    Lotus Feet was quite beautiful and I absolutely loved The KDE track, possibly my favourite of the week.
    ECBB and Jackson Brown were just OK for me but not bowled over. Nothing wrong with either of them maybe they’ll grow on me. The ECBB one did make me wonder if Dylan used an echo of part of the song when writing “My Back Pages”? I doubt I’m the first person to ask that.

  2. I admire the power of Miriam’s voice.
    Lotus Feet was quite lovely, but sounded really distorted to me, which detracted from it for me, I’m no purist, but it was quite hard to listen around the poor quality. I recorded an LP on too high a volume once and it had a similar problem.

    I couldn’t quite get over the arrangement of Jackson Browne’s song. I

    much prefer the music around The Rambling Boys of Pleasure, but it made me want to listen to Down by the Sally Garden, which I’ve heard version of I prefer, is it based on the Yeats poem?

    Love the bass on the Freda Payne track and the pretty flutes, much to my surprise this is my favourite so far, showing my 80s roots!

    Even better, though, is the Kilimanjaro DarkJazz ensemble is fab, I can see why it’s haunted you Ali! Sorry I seem to be hard to please today, but I enjoyed listening anyway.

      • Ah, my knoweldge of Irish music is sorely lacking. I heard it first on a folk compilation I borrowed from a library in Norwich, no idea who sang it, but both songs are very appealing 🙂

  3. I know exactly what tinny means about Jackson Browne but I love this track. Lotus Feet is a bit distorted but still sounds wonderful and the other tracks are great too. I think Richard Lewis McLane is interesting; we get so many new music promos sent to Earworms, it’s hard to pick particular ones out, but this stood out to me for being different and drawing on lots of influences.

  4. Apologies to all about the audio quality. I’ve had it so long and love it so much I guess I don’t even notice the drop anymore. Lucky I didn’t send the showpiece track of the event where this cassette was recorded live – featuring Chaurasia and 33 minutes long, running to one side of the cassette,

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