Friday, 15 July 2016

OTBT mix 15 July

I started to put this playlist together yesterday before the awful news came through about the latest terrorist attack in France. I must admit to feeling complete despair and cannot comprehend why these terrible things keep happening. I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels this way. Coming on top of the political upheaval which has followed the Brexit vote, it feels like we are constantly being battered round the head by one bad news story after another just now. But as the death toll rose in Nice I turned to music to find some solace. 

I had recently been sent a free download of the latest album by French Canadian band Le Vent Du Nord so thought that would be a good place to start and found myself removing songs from yesterday's playlist which didn't fit my sombre mood. I stopped after selecting 12 tracks but realised I was making myself more upset by some of the songs - especially the Cara Dillon track which brought tears to my eyes - so deleted some and added some slightly more positive numbers including 'You've Got A Friend' by Carole King. But I think Quiet Desperation sums up how I've been feeling today.

Le Vend Du Nord - Petit Reve IX
Cara Dillon - Falling Like A Star
Billy Bragg - St Swithins Day
Christy Moore - Quiet Desperation
Le Vent Du Nord - Pauvre Enfant
James J Turner - Remember Me
Calum MacLeod - Calm Creativity
Claire Hastings - Son of No-one
Bill Malkin & Band Wagon - Let It Rain
Crosby, Stills & Nash - You Don't Have To Cry
Martin Stephenson - All Ways Us
Carole King - You've Got A Friend
Patti Smith - Helpless
Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Wind Cries Mary

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

LPs and Cassettes

I've hooked up a cassette player to my hi-hi and been revisiting some music I haven't listened to in a while. Some of my tapes I bought back in the 1980s and they still sound ok. I've been playing some LPs too as a friend posted on Facebook about those covers compilation albums we used to get back in the 1970s before someone came up with the idea of the 'That's What I Call (chart) Music' cds. I still have one called 16 Chart Hits which may well have been the first LP I ever bought. The opening track is a song by The Rubettes and it does sound very close to the original but most, if not all those albums were covers of Top 30 hits played by session musicians. 

So some of those old albums I've been listening to on analogue include...

ZZ Top - Deguello & El Loco * 
Led Zeppelin - (self-titled debut album)
Steve Howe - The Steve Howe Album
George Harrison - George Harrison & 33 1/3 * 
Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles
Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
Status Quo - 12 Gold Bars
The Rolling Stones - Undercover
Grateful Dead - In The Dark
Supertramp - Breakfast in America
16 Chart Hits - Volume 16
Sailor - Trouble
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Stranger in Town
Ride - Nowhere

* these were 2 on 1 where, as the name suggests, you'd get 2 albums on 1 cassette. 

So many great songs on those albums but if I had to choose a favourite it might be this one. This is a song Iggy is still playing to this day, most recently in his collaboration with Josh Homme...