Week 46 - Fri 12 Nov
Welcome to the RPM Record Club Seven Day Soundtrack, week ending Friday 12th November 2021. Here's the week's good vibrations as selected by RPMers...over to...
"Hi RPMers, hope you all are keeping well. Here’s my 3."
I'm Ready by Paul Kossof (JesIs Roden vocals) - "From the album Back Street Crawler. You will probably know that Paul was guitarist with Free and his father pointedly used the phrase "All Right Now" on his headstone after he died from drug use at the age of 26."
Nursery Rhyme Rock by Wynona Carr - "Here's another selection from one of my Specialty label favourites - hope I never stay at a hotel where the staff are this preoccupied."
You Take My Breath Away by Claire Hamill - "From Claire's 1974 album, Stage Door Johnnies."
Title Track by Machine Gun Kelly -
My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit -
"Hi RPMers, Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Here are my three for this week..."
"Continuing on the 'rare as hens teeth' theme from last week..."
Red the Sign Post by Fifty Foot Hose - (from Cauldron' LP, released December 1967. Limelight label. This from CD re-issue Big Beat label 1996.)
Misty Mountain by Silver Apples - (Original release on 'Silver Apples' LP released June 1968. Kapp label. This from MCA CD released 1997)
As the World Rises and Falls by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - (from 'Volume 3. A Child's Guide to Good & Evil' LP, released May 1968. Reprise label.)
"Probably another three 'hens teeth' next week.......... until then, thanks for the music (always interesting!!) and, stay safe."
"Caught slightly unawares by Thursday this week.... Everything has been a bit full on musically... There are a couple of events coming up, that I will soon have to supply rhythm guitar and mandolin for, so I have been practicing, a bit. I have also agreed to do a solo set for Charity, at the Harbour rooms, in early December, so I ought to be thinking about that too, and then there is 'the Jewel session' which I host so will have to perform a few numbers there too... and somehow Linds and I have been roped in for The Elmham panto! Like the realisation that it is Thursday, It all seems to have come up a bit suddenly. All a bit too fraught for me! As a result I have been ignoring that aspect of life and I have returned to bashing out some blues and gospel tunes on my old National and for relaxation, listening to some floaty stuff to calm me down a bit....
Obviously you don’t get more floaty than musicians on a boat…"
"To be honest, I have been bingeing, and I haven't been listening to just single tracks of the above, though I have done that too, but Julie Fowlis, Zoë Conway, Éamon Doorley and John McIntyre together, have got some great performances and it is hard to chop things down...so if you feel inclined, follow this link....
"I couldn’t remember whether I have had anything from Tycho's 'Dive’ album in the past. so I had to 'dive' into the back issues of RPM, (but possibly not far back enough?) It may be in there somewhere! Sorry about this if it is, - well sort of."
"AND while you listen to that, some of you might be interested in reading this Guardian article that I found, headlined…."
Lost Psychedelic Pop Song With George Harrison and Ringo Starr Unearthed
"Last Monday was the 50th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin IV, so I'm going to have a bit of a personally themed celebration this week, having just given the album an airing.......and, I know certain RPMers are not keen upon and / or disparaging of the band, so I will just point you to Jack White and leave it at that.......
"............only joking, guys.
I still think the album holds up pretty well,....apart from Four Sticks which is the weak link in my view. But by then the album is almost done, salvaged by the mighty final track When The Levee Breaks. Almost the perfect Zep LP then, although III still gets my vote for the top slot. It's a better blending of the rock, folk and blues styles that for me makes the Led Zeppelin style."
Black Dog by Led Zeppelin - "Possibly the first LedZep song I heard, as my Led ZepLoving friend at the time would either play albums IV or II pretty much every time I would go to hang out at his house. So, it could also be Whole Lotta Love, of course, but this is the track which made me sit up and pay attention, not only for the killer riff but also because of it's very strange and intriguing sense of timing. Yes, what is going on here? Well for those interested, Bonham is playing drums in 4/4 whilst Page riffs in 5/4. This means the time signatures cross each other every 20 beats....giving that in time/outta time rhythmic feeling. Sheer brilliance, I reckon. Maths is music. Music is maths."
Going To California by Led Zeppelin - "Although hearing track 3, The Battle of Evermore, pointed me in the direction of discovering not only what a mandolin was, but also to who Fairport Convention were, (Sandy Denny duetting with Plant on vocals of course), it's Going To California which gives the album some welcomed light and airy contrast to proceedings, blending Jones's mando with Page's acoustic guitar, beautifully."
When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin - "Possibly one of the key tracks instrumental in my discovering what The Blues was all about.......pretty important then. Plus, it has THAT drum sound....recorded in the stair well of Headley Grange; for me it's what every drum kit should aspire to sound like."
'Til Next Time...