Anyway it's been a long time since I was able to post anything lengthy or indeed frequently, such as life has been... for ages it seems. On holiday now so will attempt to finish heaps of stuff I've got in the drafts folder: you've all been warned!
Lengthy and in no way complete, and most of this obtained since February:
- HitNRun Phase 2
- can't believe this will be the last Prince music released by the man himself. It's more like a compilation of recent singles and really old tracks re-done, but needless to say, it's essential.
- Mantra For A State Of Mind
- Live in Japan
[Sony 2016 reissue] - what a stunning package. Listened to it last night finally and it sounds fucking incredible. Like a new lease of life compared with the MP3 copy I had previous. Plus the artwork is just awesome - definitely shades of Dark Magus
going on there (also recorded live in Japan and only available there commercially for many years as well...?) and the poster and photos are excellent. Triple guitar army overload and the Scream's heaviest album ever! This is what I would play to people who only know the pop hits or dismiss them as lightweight or that kind of nonsense... and totally validated the whole "high energy rock & roll" tag courtesy of Bobby Gillespie.
Led Zeppelin II + IV
- [2014 Jimmy Page remasters] - they sound awesome!
- Born To Be With You
(with The Phil Spector Orchestra) [2015 ACE reissue] - Just superb. My favourite song of all-time (probably) and the whole album - first time this album has been issued on vinyl in 41 years... If you don't know this song - and album - you oughta. Much personal significance to me in many ways. Just awesome. ACE are on fire at the moment with reissuing this and releasing:
- Bobby Gillespie Presents Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
- fantastic compilation, definitely a real sunday morning thing going on indeed. The Beach Boys sequence that kicks it off after the spooky 'May The Circle Be Unbroken' by the Elevators is amazing, and indeed the choices here are phenomenal: the above mentioned Dion track, Evie Sands 'Anyway That You Want Me', Link Wray, Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, Suicide, the Scream's take of 'Darklands' and The Killer himself. Beautiful sleevenotes from Bobby, and as I got an early copy from the great Monorail Records I also received a signed postcard from him also!
Yeah - essential compilation. He should do more of these... true story: when I spoke to J. Spaceman after the triumphant Brudenell show last year this set had been announced. I suggested he do something similar and he looked at me and said "yeah... I gotta finish this fucking album though..."
- this needs a proper few spins but initial play sounded pretty mindblowing...
["cut from the 2007 remaster"]
- recommended on here. Initially wasn't totally sold - I first thought it could have done with somebody like the presence of Nick Cave, and I still think that the drums are too low in the mix. However - it's ace, so hats off for the mentions here! 'Melted Rope' - Awesome. That drone, like some of those on the last Prodigy LP, plus melodically similar to the amazing outro on 'Relatively' by The Scream. All good...
- 'Love Under Will'
- a weird and often beautiful mix of heavy dystopian beats, weird ambient sounds and fractured vocals... reminds me of Andy Stott, albeit filtered through a Glaswegian Themelic post-technoid mash. There's a quote... A Quietus review got me here. Excellent. Plus, a truly incredible (if explicit) sleeve - the download voucher is handily placed over the most "offensive" part
- Post Pop Depression
- I really like this. Those that weren't sold initially - give it another play. Best Iggy album for a long time IMO!
- The Sermon!
[2015 remaster] - incredible.
- The Fame Recordings
- another ACE reissue that is literally ace... From the sleeve: "Nobody sings Dan Penn like Dan Penn - 24 gems from the mid-60s apprenticeship at FAME, the home of southern soul..."
Recommended to me personally by Spaceman. Great fucking album - all mono and recorded at Muscle Shoals 1964-1966.
- The Payback
- to replace a copy I could no longer find. Beautifully balanced between incredible ballads and soul-scorching pure funk. One of JB's many masterpieces I'm saying...
- The Hope Six Demolition Project
- awesome. Still digesting though. 'The Wheel' remains one of the best things I've heard in a long time.
- Dog Man Star live at The Royal Albert Hall
. Annoyingly the CD version only has the album tracks, and not the classic/hits section they played after - that's only on some ridiculously expensive ultra-deluxe box set or something... what I have is brilliant though.
Townes Van Zandt
- Legend: The Very Best Of
- stunning country soul. Every track is a killer. Primal Scream's astonishing cover of 'To Live is To Fly' brought me here.
Miles Davis & VA
- Miles Ahead OST.
This is excellent. Choice cuts and edits by Miles spanning decades, some great original tracks by Robert Glasper and various Miles alumni. Plus some quotes from the film - maybe been better with Miles' actual recorded quotes? Not sure if I want to see the film after the review here by JW...
Super Furry Animals
- Rings Around The World
- The Clash
[2013 Sony remaster in replica vinyl sleeve] - I dunno... these guys totally rip off the very early Manics...
- Anyway The Wind Blows - The Anthology
- double legacy CD thing that takes in his entire discography, and although some of the omissions are unfortunate, a fantastic place to start with.
- untitled, unmastered
- genius. More jazz!
- "provocative" cover aside, this stuff is just so good. She should lay of social media for a while though, and just focus on her amazing recordings.