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João Donato – Cala Boca Menino (1973)

January 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Trawling through the three volumes of the excellent “Blue Juice” compilations released in the mid 1990s, I stumbled upon this stone cold classic!

João Donato is a Brazilian jazz and bossa nova pianist who has released numerous LPs over the years since 1956. This track is taken from his 1973 album Quem é quem.

A beautifully understated funk groove is gradually supplemented by horns and then a rather baffling call and response set of vocals to reveal the perfect organic whole. The only flaw? It’s only two and a half minutes long! Just put it on repeat!

Doug Hream Blunt – Ride The Tiger (1980s)

January 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Over the festive period, I try and catch up on all the music I might have missed over the previous 12 months. This involves forensic scrutiny of all the “best of” lists from magazines, websites, newspapers, etc. Spotify is then used to sort out the wheat from the chaff before I engage on a major CD purchasing spree – I still have to own a physical object to get full satisfaction; just knowing I could always stream a song from the cloud is never enough ….

Amongst this year’s uncovered gems is the superb “My Name is Doug Hream Blunt” CD released in 2015 on the ever wonderful Luaka Bop Records. The CD reproduces Blunt’s “Gentle Persuasion” LP/EP that was released sometime in the mid 1980s – I’ve struggled to pin down the exact date!

I could have chosen almost any of the tracks but “Ride The Tiger” is my favourite today and, therefore, is elevated immediately to the pantheon of the bestmusicofalltime. The full LP version doesn’t seem to be around on Youtube but this live version does nicely!

Lou Reed – I Love You Suzanne (1984)

October 27, 2013 Leave a comment

This was one of my favourite records when I first met my other half in Manchester in late 1984.

Relentless pop music from the late, great Lou Reed.

Still sounds perfect.

The original LP/single version then live on Whistle Test in 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Jones – A Good Year For The Roses (1970)

April 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Posted today following the news of George Jones’ passing at the age of 81.

For many people, George Jones will have first crossed their radar as a result of the stunning cover of this record by Elvis Costello on his “Almost Blue” LP (and single) of 1981.

Married to Tammy Wynette for a few years in the early 1970s, George Jones was one of the towering figures in the development of country music. A Good Year for the Roses is a superb record; paradoxically, not a George Jones penned original though his is the definitive reading!

Take it away George …

I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick on the cigarettes there in the ashtray

Lyin’ cold the way you left ’em, but at least your lips caressed them while you packed

And a lip-print on a half-filled cup of coffee that you poured and didn’t drink

But at least you thought you wanted it, that’s so much more than I can say for me ….

 

The Bevis Frond – Johnny Kwango (2011)

February 24, 2013 Leave a comment

The Bevis Frond have been making records since 1987 and have now released over 20 LPs.

Only ever in the background of what I was listening to over the last 25 years, I always sensed them as being a sort of reliable “meat and potatoes” type of band; workmanlike and efficient but never likely to leave a taste that sticks in the memory for long.

However, every so often I am jolted out of this view by a track of theirs that just soars. Just as everyone who buys enough tickets must surely eventually win the lottery, perhaps there is an equivalent rule that, if you write enough songs, you will inevitably compose a masterpiece?

I have previously posted another classic by The Bevis Frond here and I have no hesitation in elevating this, the opening track from 2011’s “The Leaving of London” to the pantheon of the Bestmusicofalltime!

The LP version then an amateur video of a live London performance in 2011.

The Troggs – I Can’t Control Myself (1966)

February 5, 2013 2 comments

Really sad news announced today about the death of Reg Presley.

The Troggs were one of those iconic bands who released a lot of records but who will be really remembered for a handful of absolutely killer singles.

I could have posted “Wild Thing”, “With a Girl Like You” or “Love is All Around” but felt I should start with this, which I think was the first Troggs song that I heard.

Paradoxically, it was not the original that first came to my attention but, rather, a cover version by Buzzcocks which appeared on their stupendous “Times Up” bootleg LP recorded in 1977. A reminder of times, not so long ago, when finding original recordings on vinyl was often quite a challenge and when discovering who recorded what originally could be a labour of love!

The Troggs original and then the Buzzcocks cover!

Blondie – (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear (1977)

January 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Killer track from the Plastic Letters LP of 1977 … A top ten single in the UK in 1978; never released as a single in the USA.

For five years, Blondie released the sort of smart, cool, punk rock, records that just seem to have no parallel in current times.

From Denis to Heart of Glass to Dreaming to Call Me, etc; the perfect pop/punk band.

Three superb versions. The original video, then live on the Old Gey Whistle Test then, best of all, live on Musikladen from German TV ….

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