12 inchers Hip Hop

G-Force – Feel the Force and Masurrati & Huey Harris – Super Duper (Lovin)

A good, but not great, early excursion into electro rap and a decent early 80s funk 12″ I picked up in my local bootfair (Etchinghill) this weekend.  They are also fairly sought after and, as I need cash to subsidise this*, I am obliged to sell here and here, respectively.

*”Won” the on eBay for approximately two-fifths of retail–get in!

Albums Hip Hop

Ton Loc – Loc’d After Dark (1989) (Delicious Vinyl)

This is the UK edition, photographed by the same guy responsible for the Go Go Crankin’ record mentioned earlier.  It also has that same cool dull, cardboard finish.  Much preferable to the American sleeve, IMHO.  It was a little bit scritchier than I usually like my rekkids, but it still goes down a treat.  Hythe charity shops givin’ up the funk for only a £1.

Albums Folk

The Black Swans – Words Are Stupid (St. Ives) (2010)

The Thrifty Vinyl guide to blagging new folk albums for free (see also) :

1) Befriend talented recording artist by being in a band artist likes and playing bass on his debut single, “Choir of Boys”.

2) Patiently wait a couple of years, all the while telling artist to stop being so idiosyncratic and sing more like Van Morrison or something until you listen to Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music enough to understand what artist is trying to do; admit you were wrong.

3) Try and fail to buy current album in UK, ask artist to please, please, please send a copy (since he set a precedent by giving you a vinyl copy of his previous record). Wait for your own sweet mother to mule a beautiful, hand printed Lp all the way from the States. Slap on turntable and enjoy an earthy, narcoleptic, passive/aggressive drone sung in a choked whisper.

Or alternatively, just buy it here. Or here. Or elsewhere, probably.

Jerry sometimes tours the UK.  If you’re lucky, you can put him up for the night; he is a sweet guy and an excellent conversationalist.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Albums Uncategorized

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House (1964)

50p says this Disneyland Lp will get an airing come All Hallow’s Eve/Trick or Treat night this year, though I will take care since “this particular Disneyland record…is not intended for young, impressionable children from three to eight.  It is intended for older children, teenagers and adults.” Not forgetting those spooky party hints.

Favourite track: “Band 5.-A Collection of Creaks.”

The sleeve is very Scooby Doo, no?

Albums Classical

Erik Satie – Parade, Relâche Ballets and Gymnopedies (Angel S-36486)

I could fill a book with what I don’t know about classical music. Unfortunately, it would be a very dull book called What I Don’t Know About Classical Music by Prince Asbo. I have, however, latterly become interested in the solo piano works of Erik Satie having seen one of them choreographed. Satie’s piano pieces can properly be described as haunting and, as with the Swingle Singers, once heard are easily recognised. Indeed, they are used regularly as background and you may very well have heard one without knowing. My impression is that Satie himself thought his works “mood music”, Muzak even. This was not pejorative, rather it was purpose-built as wallpaper noise.

This album (on Angel as was this Ravi Shankar) represents a different aspect of the Satie oeuvre, orchestral performance pieces for dance, theatre and film. All very avant-garde, as explained in the detailed liner notes. The music is “modern” with with sprinklings of dissonance and sound effects, but enough melody to satisfy the romantic.

Albums Jazz

George Benson – White Rabbit (1972) (CTI)

This is guitarist Benson before the mega-platinum “Give Me the Night” and “Turn Your Love Around” and after earlier experiments with Miles, et. al.  He’s got heavy hitters Hancock, Carter, Laws, Klugh and Cobham to help him out, but Benson is reaching for a commercial compromise of a strange sort.  The title track is the J. Airplane classic and sounds, as do a couple others, like a cross between Love’s Forever Changes and Miles’ Silent Way, without the boldness of either. Octave soloing abounds.

Cool gatefold sleeve from the then-hot Creed Taylor, Inc. label.

Albums Disco

George McCrae – George McCrae (1975) (Jay Boy)

Several things struck about the sleeve to this Rock Me Baby follow-up:  someone in the art department at TK dropped the ball, this looks like it came from the late 60s; someone else (or maybe the same person) told George that his right side was the good one; and finally, our man has some seriously bushy-ass eyebrows.

The music is, as previously, unambitious, but I do like the way they make the drums sound. Despite being written, produced and arranged by Casey and Finch and played by the Sunshine band, it’s not quite the bubble-gum funk of the parent band, at least not on side one.  It’s a bit more R&B.  “Honey (I’ll Live My Life For You)” and “Take This Love of Mine” on side two could have easily slotted in to a KC album.

Note: this appears on the yellow Jay Boy label.

Albums Folk

Silly Sisters – Maddy Prior & June Tabor (Chrysalis CHR1101) (1975)

This is exactly why I like boot fair shopping: buying albums for 50p that I know by repute and suspect I’ll like.  And so it is with this quiet Brit-Folk jewel.  Featuring the cream of the scene’s players (Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, Danny Thompson, et. al.) and a striking sleeve by Mick Rock, Silly Sisters is a charming album of trad. arr. songs with a subtle feminist undercurrent, despite the presence of an otherwise all male cast.

12 inchers

Hall + Oats – “Maneater”

I saw H2O tour Hall and Oats at a festival in Mansfield, Ohio on a bill which included the Tubes and Marshall Crenshaw.

“Maneater” b/w “Delayed  Reaction” both come from that album, a commercial high-water mark for the well-cheekboned duo.  These are the album versions, but mastered nice ‘n’ loud; really, you could write a novel between the grooves. Questionable mixing/production decision as related to the snare which starts off relatively subtle and gets cranked up and down to considerably distracting effect.

I bet there’s at least one TV-er who covets this product (that is, if he doesn’t already own it).

Albums Disco

Love’s In You, Love’s In Me – Giorgio and Chris (Casablanca)

Disappointing adult disco album from the Music Machine and a lady friend. Sometimes even a pound feels like too much.