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Asaf Avidan – Reckoning Song (2008) and Wankelmut Remix (2012)

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Stumbled on the Wankelmut remix of this while surfing Beatport this evening.

The remix of the track only really begins to hit the heights from about 3 minutes in for me. However, the original is just over 2 and a half minutes of genius and was originally released in 2008.

The plot thickens because Asaf Avidan is an Israeli singer songwriter; a son of diplomats in the Israeli Foreign Office. An Israeli Joe Strummer perhaps?!

Discard any prejudices you may have because this sounds like a cross between Bon Iver and Billie Holiday … a match made in heaven.

Altogether now …

One day baby, we’ll be old

Oh baby, we’ll be old

And think of all the stories that we could have told

The original and then the remix …

Ronnie Davis – Rastaman Chant (1970s)

October 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Working my way through a big pile of reggae CDs this morning, I stumbled upon this stone cold classic that I couldn’t remember hearing before.

Apparently, this is a version of a “Traditional” piece and worth noting that Bob Marley also recorded it on The Wailers’ classic Burnin’ LP released in 1973. However, the Ronnie Davis reading is so much better!

I have posted Ronnie Davis on this blog before (check here for the awe inspiring “False Leaders”) but information about him seems to be remarkably sparse on the interweb. As such, difficult to pin down a precise release date.

The track is available on the “Grounation” compilation and on the Trojan “Bob Marley Covers Box Set” (even though it doesn’t seem to be a Bob Marley original). This on Youtube ….

The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down (1969)

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment

I could have posted any number of Beatles tracks and required no further justification … Strawberry Fields … Let It Be … Paperback Writer … Eleanor Rigby …. Ticket To Ride … Helter Skelter …. I Need You … The Fool on the Hill …. Nowhere Man …. etc. The greatest band in history.

Just tonight, I needed to hear this. B-Side of “Get Back”

The original and then a version from the Let It Be rehearsals …

Pavement – Here (1992)

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

In the early to mid 1990s, Pavement were my favourite band by a distance.

Slanted and Enchanted remains one of the best records ever made and “Here” is one of the many highlights …..

I was dressed for success
But success it never comes
And I’m the only one who laughs
At your jokes when they are so bad
And your jokes are always bad
But they’re not as bad as this ……

Come join us in a prayer
We’ll be waiting, waiting where
Everything’s ending here

The original LP track and then the Peel Session version

The Fugees – Family Business (1996)

October 14, 2012 Leave a comment

A classic slice of mid 1990s hip-hop taken from The Fugees’ second and final LP “The Score” released in early 1996. This was a real golden era for hip hop with the Wu-Tang Clan and all of their side projects releasing records every few months it seemed. For clear evidence of the truth of this, check here for Genius’ all-time classic 4th Chamber.

A typically fantastic performance from Lauryn Hill alongside Wyclef Jean. Fire and Rain by James Taylor gets a quick namecheck and the underlying melody is a simple loop from the early parts of Recuerdos de la Alhambra composed by Francisco Tarrega in 1896 (check here for a nice version).

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The Stooges – 1970 (1970)

October 13, 2012 1 comment

Working my way through the 7 CD version of The Stooges’ Fun House LP and, truth be told, this is revolutionary stuff; the punk rock motherlode.

Looking back, there is one strand of music that makes its way from the blues through Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Carl Perkins, Johnny Burnette, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and then The Beatles, Stones and beyond. A wonderful lineage whose influence this abridged cast list can only hint at.

Then there is another strand where the roots are less clear; where the new suddenly asserts itself, apparently without precedent.

If the Velvet Underground are Exhibit A here, The Stooges must surely be Exhibit B. Certainly, there are dozens of wonderful garage, surf, punk, psychedelic bands in the 1960s from The Kingsmen to the 13th Floor Elevators via Link Wray, Dick Dale, The Trashmen, Jefferson Airplane, etc, etc. But compared to these, Iggy Pop and The Stooges seem utterly elemental; fashioning the new while those around can only watch.

The Stooges eponymous debut from 1969 is a remarkable record and I will have to post “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “No Fun” as soon as I can slot them in. But Fun House, from 1970, raises the stakes further and 1970 sees Iggy Pop at the absolute top of his game.  The lyrics only tell half of the story ….

 Out of my mind on Saturday night
1970 rollin’ in sight
Radio burnin’ up above
Beautiful baby, feed my love
All night till I blow away
All night till I blow away
I feel alright, I feel alright

Madonna – Into The Groove (1985)

October 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Listen, 1985 will always be seen as a vintage year in the history of popular music.

Living in Manchester at the time, The Smiths “Meat is Murder”  and New Order’s  “Low-Life” remain two of the greatest LPs of all-time. Sometimes seeming more important than life itself,

But, alongside these, Madonna”s “Into The Groove” remains a towering record. Utterly timeless, killer synth-bass and a melody to die for. Not for nothing was this included in The Wire Magazine’s “100 Most Important Records Ever Made” (check here for the full list).

The official video …

Two blond females standing side-by-side. They are wearing black trousers and black-and-white tops, with a number of junk jewelery around their neck and hand. The woman on the right crosses her legs and looks towards the image, while the one of the left, looks on her far left. The image is surrounded by a black border, the right of which has the words "Madonna" and "Into the Groove" written in white capital letters.

 

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