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Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 12, 2024, 03:44
The Tragically Hip - st

Odds - Bedbugs

Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Easy Skanking in Boston '78

Julian Cope - Rite Now

David Bowie - Tonight

The Clash - London Calling

Flower Travellin' Band - Satori

Kate Bush - The Dreaming

Blue Rodeo - Casino

Blue Rodeo - Lost Together

Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine

Blue Rodeo - Nowhere to Here

Blue Rodeo - Tremolo

Blue Rodeo - The Things We Left Behind

V.A. - Ruckus Juice & Chittlins, The Great Jug Bands Vol. 2
Fitter Stoke
Fitter Stoke
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 12, 2024, 09:10
Face down beneath the waterline gazing into the deep:

Olivia Newton-John ‘Greatest Hits Vol.2’ - Livvy’s early 80s hits have dated less than you’d think since John Farrar’s compositional nous was sophisticated enough to transcend the dance-fuelled trends of the time, and overproduction was avoided. ‘Landslide’ in particular has some highly original chording going down;

Can ‘Live 1973-1977’ - I’m not routinely given to covermount CDs but this current Uncut offering is worth every penny of the magazine price and probably the greatest freebie ever. Of course, you cooler dudes will know this music already. Me, I’m effing transfixed. Proof that even in their supposedly fallow years Can could deliver the goods onstage. In fact, it’s the 1976 and 1977 material here that wows me most;

Caravan ‘Back To Front’ - perennially underrated orig lineup comeback album from 1982. Pure pop for prog people, as Stiff never said;

Gruff Rhys ‘Sadness Sets Me Free’ - my album of the season: sunshine even when it’s overcast;

Allman Brothers Band ‘Brothers and Sisters’ - uncool as it may be to pick anything post-Duane, this is comfortably my fave Allmans’ studio album. Dickey Betts RIP;

Ronnie Montrose ‘Open Fire’ - where the talented and individual Ronnie Montrose for some reason wanted to be Jeff Beck, and slightly missed the mark. Aside from the excellent ‘Heads Up’, this is mostly a bit dull;

Radiohead ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ - it’s been too long since Radiohead regaled us with a proper album. Hearing their last one from 2016 (!) reminds me that, good as The Smile are, they aren’t the full picture. This is simply wonderful contemporary music;

Electric Light Orchestra ‘Ma Ma Ma Belle’ (from On The Third Day’) - caught at the cusp between prog cred and pop stardom, with one of the greatest riffs ever at the start of each verse. The cello counterpoint three quarters of the way through is truly inspirational;

AC/DC ‘High Voltage’ - those pre-punk years were dull. Yeah, okay;

Opeth ‘Garden Of The Titans’ - only the second heaviest thing I’ve heard this week (see below);

Return To Forever ‘Romantic Warrior’ - dated synths aside, this is a fusion album that still holds its own, especially Al Di Meola’s jaw-dropping axe shredding. Enough feel remains to ensure enjoyment as well as admiration;

John Surman ‘Words Unspoken’ - mostly minor keyed, impressionistic vignettes from the octogenarian reed master and his impressive young sidemen. Lovely, if best approached in separate half hour sessions;

Beethoven: Symphonies 1, 3, 5 & 7 (Kammerkademie Pottsdam/Antonello Manacorda) - from a newly released Beethoven symphony cycle. No interpretative revelations but the pacing and phrasing are very satisfying, with plenty of percussive impact when required. Beautifully recorded too. I look forward to hearing more;

Beethoven: Symphony no.5 (Royal Flemish PO/Philippe Herreweghe) - well played but routine take on this most perfect of symphonies. There’s a wacky oboe improvisation in the first movement and almost playful staccato chords in the last, killing its impact despite impressive kettle drums. Not for me;

Schubert: Symphony no.4 ‘Tragic’ (Netherlands CO/Gordan Nikolic) - played for beauty over drama, and immensely soothing to a troubled mind;

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini (New York Stadium SO/Leopold Stokowski) - goddamn, this is HEAVY. Really. Proof that it’s not just Opeth that can make me feel like I’m repeatedly smashed against the walls of hell. I played Bernstein’s first NYPO and Bychkov’s Czech PO recordings of the same work but it’s Stoky that stokes this inferno;

Dvorak: Symphony no.9 (SNO/Sir Alexander Gibson) - I don’t think this 1967 LP of the New World has ever seen a digital release, which is sad: it’s an excellent, perfectly judged performance at least as fine as more lauded versions. I preceded this with Gibson’s equally good Berlioz Rob Roy Overture. He was an expert conductor who has never really got the renown he deserved;

Brahms: Motets (NDR Choir/Gunter Jena) - Brahms’ patent sonorities resound beautifully in his acapella vocal music, superbly rendered here;

Schumann: Forest Scenes & 6 Fantasy Pieces Op.12 (Sviatoslav Richter) - much as I love to compare interpretations of great music, a select few records sound so right in every way there seems little point in hearing others. This is one of those records.

Reinvent the government. Let’s do it on Monday.

Sunny vibes to all

Dave x
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 12, 2024, 11:07
Another mixed bag week:

V/A - Jumping The Shuffle Blues: Jamaican Sound System Classics 1946-1960

Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home

The Go-Gos - Beauty & The Beat
V/A - Sharon Signs To Cherry Red
Felt - Train Above The City
Felt - Me And A Monkey On The Moon

David Bowie - The Buddha Of Suburbia
David Bowie - Earthling

Illuminati - Meta Medica
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns
Grasscut - High Down EP

The Sea Nymphs - On The Dry Land

Blur - The Ballad Of Darren
Vince Clarke - Songs Of Silence
Epic45 - Another Year EP
Peter Gabriel - i/o
Epic45 - You'll Only See Us When The Light Has Gone
Epic45 - A Beacon Of Light
Hunter T Wolfe
Hunter T Wolfe
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 12, 2024, 11:15
The Troggs- From Nowhere
Conrad Schnitzler- Blau
Black Snake Moan- Lost In Time
Earth Tongue- Great Haunting
Wings- Wild Life
V/A- El Pea
Brinsley Schwarz- Nervous On The Road
Magazine- Magic, Murder And The Weather
Paul Haig- Rhythm of Life
The Jam- All Mod Cons
Iggy & The Stooges- Original Punks
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Edited May 12, 2024, 12:04
Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 12, 2024, 12:02
Donovan - HMS Donovan

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left

V/A - Willow's Songs (perfect May Day compilation from Finders Keepers records. The original source music for the Wicker Man soundtrack, and just as beguiling).

Comus - First Utterance
Comus - Out Of The Coma (a band that goes from the sublime to the ridiculous to the hard to listen to, but definitely one-of-a-kind, and their live reunion shows were excellent).

Genesis - Nursery Cryme
Genesis - BBC Sessions 1970-1971

Shelagh McDonald - Album
Shelagh McDonald - Stargazer

Mark Fry - Dreaming With Alice

Ravi Shankar - Alice In Wonderland (an inspired choice of composer for Jonathan Miller's wonderfully offbeat BBC production, this sitar/oboe score matched the visuals perfectly)

The Amazing Blondel - The Amazing Blondel & A Few Faces
The Amazing Blondel - Evensong
The Amazing Blondel - Fantasia Lindum
The Amazing Blondel - England

Rokurokubi - Saturn In Pisces
Rokurokubi - Iris, Flower Of Violence (two of the best psych folk LPs of recent years from the very talented Rose Io (nee Dutton) now a solo artist. Not a weak song on either of these. https://timespunrecords.bandcamp.com/album/saturn-in-pisces

Pet Shop Boys - Battleship Potemkin

Can - Flow Motion
Can - Saw Delight
Can - Out Of Reach

Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation
Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri
Tangerine Dream - Zeit
Tangerine Dream - Atem

Michael Pinder - The Promise
Tom Robinson - North By Northwest/War Baby 7"/Feel So Good Hurt So Bad 12"
Murray Head - Nigel Lived (3 LPs I selected from a 3 for £5 box at the annual Rochester Sweeps record fair. Felt timely finding the late Mike Pinder's LP from the period where all the Moodies were doing solo albums. Was hoping there'd be lots of Melotron but sadly not. The Tom Robinson album felt like a particular bargain being packaged with two other records, but only the War Baby single justified the purchase. North By North West sounds a bit clunky production-wise, and includes an inferior early version of Atmospherics, one of my favourite singles of the 80s when it came out in souped-up form a couple of years later, and the Feel So Good EP suffers from dated late-80s production. The real find here was the excellent Murray Head album, one I've listened to online quite a bit over the past few years, and had often been tempted to pay £20+ on eBay for an original vinyl. I'm glad I waited. £1.66 for a copy in excellent condition with gatefold sleeve and booklet. A bargain!)

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Rattlesnakes (first band I saw live back in 1985. Hadn't played this in years, but it still sounds rather wonderful).

The Monkees - The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 12, 2024, 19:27
Electric Light Orchestra - The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach
Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra - On The Third Day
Nazareth - Surviving The Law
Nazareth - Tattooed On My Brain
slowdive - slowdive
slowdive - Everything Is Alive
Glasvegas - Godspeed
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 12, 2024, 20:49
Deavid Allen - Studio Rehearsal Tapes 1977 (with Euterpe) / Live In The UK (with Brainville)

Angelo Badalamenti - Fire Walk With Me OST

The Beau Brummels - Triangle / Bradley's Barn

Beautify Junkyards - The Invisible World Of ...

David Bowie - The Ziggy Stardust Companion / Santa Monica '72 / Aladdin Sane / Diamond Dogs

Broadcast - Spell Blanket / Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age (with The Focus Group)
Children Of Alice -S/t

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - The Spotlight Kid / Clear Spot

Circulus - The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent

The Clash - Sandinista! / Combat Rock

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Rattlesnakes / Easy Pieces

Alice Coltrane - Huntington Ashram Monastery / Journey In Satchidananda

Country Joe & The Fish - Electric Music For The Mind & Body / I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Crosby, Stills & Nash / Deja Vu

Sandy Denny - The North Star Grassman & The Ravens / Sandy

Paul Giovanni & Magnet - The Wicker Man OST

Hintermass - The Apple Tree

Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxters / Crown Of Creation

Melanie - Born To Be / Affectionately Melanie / Candles In The Rain

Pharoah Sanders - Jewels Of Thought / Thembi / Village Of The Pharoahs / Wisdom Through Music / Live In The East

Throbbing Gristle - Giftgas / The First Annual Report / CD1 / Mission Of Dead Souls

Tom Waits - Real Gone / Bad As Me

Yatha Sidhra - A Meditation Mass

Frank Zappa/ Mothers - We're Only In It For The Money / Waka/Jawaka / The Grand Wazoo

V/A - Mindexpanders Vol 3 - 5
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 12, 2024, 20:56
flashbackcaruso wrote:

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Rattlesnakes (first band I saw live back in 1985. Hadn't played this in years, but it still sounds rather wonderful).

Snap! Dug that one out (along with Easy Pieces) for first time ages. Still wonderful. Saw them early on too (1984) just on the strength of hearing Perfect Skin - The Blow Monkeys were supporting them. I was actually surprised how much I still like Easy Pieces too - maybe not as much as the debut but some great moments there too. Don't think I bothered with Mainstream for some reason ...
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 13, 2024, 08:47
You should give Mainstream a chance :-)
keith a
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 11 May 2024 CE
May 13, 2024, 15:55
Live 1973-77 (Uncut cd) – Can

Coral Island – The Coral

American Love Call – Durand Jones & the Indications

Kiwanuka – Michael Kiwanuka

Shrink – The Notwist

Behaviour – Pet Shop Boys

That Feels Good! – Jesse Ware

Bringing Home The Ashes – Wild Swans
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