Archive for the ‘1970s’ Category

Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen (1977)

May 21, 2018 Leave a comment

Just have to post this as penance for quite enjoying the royal wedding on Saturday – no, really! The dress, the kiss, the veil, British pomp at its best, the creativity, the vitality, the love. Marvellous ….

An astonishing record: epoch defining in many ways but possibly more in how it influenced other people to influence others rather than how it influenced people directly itself?

Nonetheless, a great tune, football terrace chants and Mr Lydon at his most provocative and, sometimes, whimsical?

Three versions:

  • The original, peerless, recording;

  • a version from Winterland, San Francisco, in 1978 that demonstrates why Sid Vicious was in every way a waste of space, a distraction and a dead end (ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated, etc), and, finally;

  • an almost elegiac performance from the 2007 reunion where Lydon knows he has won and seems to wonder whether a mass, stadium chant is how he wanted the song to be remembered anyway.

The paradox between integrity and mass adulation. Discuss?

Lydon, himself: “You don’t write ‘God Save The Queen’ because you hate the English race, you write a song like that because you love them; and you’re fed up with them being mistreated”.




Tim Maia – Rational Culture (1974)

April 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Twenty one minutes into Tim Maia’s Racional LP, I was beginning to wonder whether my almost infallible “friend in New York” had recommended a rather expensive turkey for me to buy. However, 12 and a half minutes later, I had heard this stunning track and within an hour it had been elevated into the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime.

Tim Maia is one the icons of Brazilian music and “Rational Culture” is a stone cold funk classic. That being said, there are hatters out there who might be a tad offended were anyone to liken Mr Maia to one of them.

According to Wikipedia, Tim was visiting a composing friend and came across a book Universo em Desencanto (Disenchanting Universe) which revolves around the cult of Rational Culture (me, neither). Anyway, in double quick time, Mr Maia converted to the cult, abandoned the drugs and red meat, and decided to write lyrics based on the knowledge contained in the book. RCA rejected the resulting albums.

Fortunately, Tim bought the masters and released two volumes of Racional.

I’d like to say a big thanks to Tim for his gumption and I know you are going to want to do the same.

What a record!

Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Kentucky Skank (1973)

November 12, 2017 Leave a comment

This is a staggering, mesmerising record which has spaghetti western overtones and some mad sound effects that cut, crack, ring, spring, squeal, clatter, wash and bamboozle …. Lee Perry at the height of his powers!

Released on the Double Seven LP in 1973 (as was the previous post by David Isaacs), the guitar is funk perfection, the rocksteady beat relentless, the brass piercing. Over the top, Mr Perry freestyles his usual cut-up vocals that shouldn’t make sense but do …


Okay, Okay. Let’s take it from here


David Isaacs & The Upsetters – Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On) (1971)

November 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Yet another outstanding record from possibly the greatest year in popular music history.

I re-stumbled on this while listening to the new Lee Perry double CD set The Trojan Albums Collection (1971-1973) – an absolutely outstanding compilation!

“Just Enough” is achingly lovely; David Isaacs croons gently over some wonderfully understated rocksteady. Produced by Lee Perry at his most reflective. Seems to have originally been released as a single in 1971 before appearing on the Lee Perry LP Double Seven in 1973. The latter is so good, that there will be another from it within the next hour or so …!

Settle back and enjoy the best 190 seconds you will spend today!

It’s true

You’ve got me wrapped around your finger





The Faces – Debris (1971)

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

I’ve already posted The Faces performing pretty much the best song of all time here.

But this is right up there. And it’s another gem from 1971 (the best year of all time?)

Ronnie Lane is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the last half century and “Debris” finds him at his most reflective.

I left you on the Debris
At the Sunday morning market
You were sorting through the odds and ends
You was looking for a bargain

I heard your footsteps at the front door
And that old familiar love song
Cause you knew you’d find me waiting there
At the top of the stairs

I went there and back
Just to see how far it was
And you, you tried to tell me
But I had to learn for myself

Rod Stewart provides backing vocals but can only dream of matching Ronnie Lane …

The LP version and then a great live version where “Debris” slides into “Ooh La La”


Tesfa-Maryam Kidane – Heywete (late 1960s/early 1970s)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

From Senegal to Ethiopia.

Difficult to find out too much about this record. It appears on Volume 10 of the peerless Ethiopiques series of CDs (I’m almost a completist, though we are now up to 30 volumes!)

A wonderfully laid-back and evocative instrumental with Kidane’s saxophone holding the whole thing together – understated bass and percussion underpin the melody.  a piano fills in the spaces until a stunning guitar solo prompts the bass to move into Afro-funk perfection! Beautiful.

The Stooges – T.V. Eye (1970)

October 10, 2017 Leave a comment

How has it taken me this long to elevate this to the pantheon of the bestmusicofalltime?

Iggy Pop and The Stooges make most of what became before or after irrelevant. Relentless, focused, stripped down to the minimum input required to achieve maximum effect.

It gets no better than this and the Sex Pistols et al were still at school!

Sometimes I wonder why I bother listening to anything else …..

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