The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number.  The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album.  This week’s spin landed on U7.  The 7th track I own by reggae dancehall and toasting expert U-Roy is Wear You to the Ball featured on vol 2 of Don Letts’ compilation called Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown (which in itself is a great collection – currently have the Downtown version on in the background).

What’s your U7?

20 thoughts on “The Wheel of Your Tune

  1. U“. OK, shouldn’t be a problem. I could do The Unthanks, US3 or U-Roy, but I am going with Bill Bruford’s band, UK and track 7 from their eponymous first album. It is called “Nevermore” and it is here.

    The original version of the band was the best, with Bill on percussion, Allan Holdsworth on guitar, John Wetton on bass and vocals and Eddie Jobson on violin and keyboards. Bruford and Holdsworth left after the first album and it was never as good after that.

  2. A few less options for the letter U here, but now I’ve discovered how to upload stuff to youtube, the list is certainly longer. Here are Montreal based band (who I think may have disbanded now) The Unsettlers with Dead and Gone, seventh track of their double album, Oil and Blood. I so love them, dark circus, funeral dirge collection of troubadours, wish they’d make a new album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxIDerdrnvo

  3. I guess it’s obvious but I have to choose track seven of the Unthanks album Diversions vol 4: The songs of Molly Drake. It’s the very wonderful “The Road to the Stars” which is in the running for one of my picks of the year. Also not on YT as far as I can see but here’s a Spotify link – I hope.

  4. Jim Moray – Sounds of Earth
    Well this is good timing! Track 7 from last year’s Upcetera is about the making of the Golden Records (sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth) launched in the Voyager explorers in 1977. It was the 40th anniversary of the launch a couple of weeks ago, which you may have seen referenced in the new.

  5. In memory of John Abercrombie, who has just died, I’d like to mention a track from what became his final album, Up and coming, for ECM. Released earlier this year it continued his fine series for the label.
    Track 7 is a cover of the Miles Davis modal composition Nardis; Abercrombie’s quartet plays a very impressionistic, Bill Evans inspired take, all shifting focus and restless fragments, yet always with a nod to the essential pulse of the track. A sample of it is available on the ECM website. A very fine album.

  6. Uriah Heep’s Demons and Wizards album has All My Life as track 7. Met these guys and generally enjoyed myself thoroughly. So it’s an easy pick!

  7. Underworld – Nylon Strung

    Sliding between the dust of a scorched earth
    Open me up
    I wanna hold you, laugh for you
    (Carry me)

    The album version isn’t available but the single version is also uplifting and wistful.

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