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 R2 (I know we had 2 the other week, let’s just deal with it).  Had it landed on 14 I would have chosen Radiohead’s Man of War from their 30th anniversary edition of OK Computer, OKNOTOK.  Alas, twas not to be.  Check out the video for that though – it’s suitably weird.

The track I have chosen is by R&B/Soul/hard-to-describe artist Allan Rayman.  I first came across Rayman last year when he released an album called Hotel Allan.  It’s full of beautifully delivered, moving and often funky soul tracks (check out the song Beverly).  I think of him as a slightly cooler, sexier Jack Savoretti.  This year he released another album in February called Roadhouse 01.  This album has a real mix of tracks – I’ve listened to it a few times over the last couple of days and have come to the conclusion I much prefer Hotel Allan.  However, he’s redeemed himself in my eyes with the release last week of an edgier sound on an EP called Courtney.  I’ve chosen the 2nd track from that EP.  It’s called Word of Mouth.  This version is an acoustic live performance and much more pared back than the studio version (which I cannot find a video for that works here, but am posting the whole EP I found on YT in the hope that it will play for you, wherever you are).

I give you…Allan Rayman – Word of Mouth

Full Courtney EP here.

Other R’s I thought about:

Rag n Bone Man


Royal Blood

What’s your R2?


17 thoughts on “The Wheel of Your Tune

  1. Rain Tree Crow is the only album release by the band of the same name, the outcome of a brief reunion of the four members of the band Japan. Recorded in 1989 and 1990 and released in 1991, it was the first time that David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri had played together en masse since the band split in 1982.

    The second track on the album is called Every Colour You Are and it is here

  2. A double R here for the album Rogues Gallery and the mighty Richard Thompson. RT sometimes does all-request concerts where you write your request on a bit of paper as you come in and he then sings the most-requested ones. One night apparently he was flummoxed when this song and Persuasion came out top – he thought someone must have fixed it. But this is one of my own favourite songs – if I’d been there I might well have requested it. (I like Persuasion too.) Track 2, disc 1.

    Mingulay Boat Song

  3. Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Hans Ek with guests (Iiro Rantala / piano solo, Johan Lindström / pedal steel): From Gagarin’s point of view.

    From the briliant E.S.T. Symphony.

    Not quite 2017 but very close, released Dec. 2016.

    Older music- The Roots, Distortion to static, from their debut EP.

  4. The best T’pau track covered by Ringo Deathstarr track 2 on single Guilt

    Ringo Deathstarr‘s cover of the T’Pau classic “Heart & Soul

    I have a soft spot for this because I got chatting to the singer from T-pau when this was about to be released – I was only a teenager, it was watching one of the Medway scene bands in the live area above a pub. I was still under the legal drinking age at the time and when she said she was in a band and was about to have a single released, I kind of thought she might be a bit old for such things!
    Then I remembered Debbie Harry was as old as my mum – so it was all cool.
    I saw her on TOTP’s and I was a little shocked it was true.

  5. Interestingly, with the first couple of ‘R’ albums that occurred to me (Emily Remler’s East to Wes, REM’s Automatic for the People), the second track turns out to be one of my least favourite. Am I supposed to pick an album before checking this, and then just have to accept the result, or can I pick an album with a track 2 I prefer..? On the basis of the latter, here’s the second track from Rainbow’s Straight Between the Eyes,,,

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