This reminds me of crazy white Thai beaches and drinking vast quantities of Mekhong whisky, which from memory was totally vile but very effective.
Thailand in the 80’s was a pretty surreal place, contact with home was limited to poste restante addresses or really expensive phone calls so I found out what was going on back home every month or so. I spent a lot of time on long white beaches getting very drunk and moping about my crap boyfriend. I was thin and blonde and brown and hated myself. What a waste.
- A1 Suicide Blonde 3:52
- A2 Disappear 4:09
- A3 The Stairs 4:56
- A4 Faith In Each Other 4:08
- A5 By My Side 3:06
- B1 Lately 3:36
- B2 Who Pays The Price 3:37
- B3 Know The Difference 3:17
- B4 Bitter Tears 3:49
- B5 On My Way 2:55
- B6 Hear That Sound 4:05
Bert Jansch – The Bert Jansch Sampler
I think this is one record I liberated from my parents. I love this album. Occasionally I’ll actually pick up my guitar and wrestle with some tab. I can usually play bits of a song, never all of one, and never while singing at the same time. Much respect Bert.
There are many versions of Black Waterside, Sandy Denny, Led Zep, Dread Zep (who’s version is rather better than Led) … Bert’s version is the one I hold dearest and the one I love best.
- A1 Rabbit Run
- A2 The Wheel
- A3 Go Your Way My Love
- A4 Come Back Baby
- A5 Angie
- A6 Needle Of Death
- B1 Wishing Well
- B2 The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
- B3 Nottamun Town
- B4 Blackwater Side
- B5 Veronica
- B6 Running From Home
Discogs says that “A hole was die-cut into the gatefold cover to accommodate a 1” button with the words “LOOK SHARP!””
My £1 version of this has the button missing but that’s fine.
“Is she really going out with him” brings back very vague memories of being in the 3rd year at a particuarly nasty convent school. I still feel guilty every time I see a nun. A girl in my year was sexually assaulted by the music teacher but we were told to keep quiet about it and he stayed out his contract.
Catholic education is the reason I hold no truck with religion whatsoever, it’s all bollocks hiding corruption and abuse in the name of Jesus. Fuck that.
- A1 One More Time
- A2 Sunday Papers
- A3 Is She Really Going Out With Him
- B1 Happy Loving Couples
- B2 Throw It Away
- B3 Baby Stick Around
- C1 Pretty Girls
- C2 Look Sharp!
- C3 (Do The) Instant Mash
- D1 Fools In Love
- D2 Got The Time
I really have to stop buying compilations. This has bits of the most brilliant Aqualung on it without the whole story of the other tracks which is frustrating. Actually I have the cover to Aqualung, but not the record. I think my uncle John reclaimed it with a lot of the others. I’m pretty sure it was his anyway.
There are some stonking tracks on Original Masters though, Witches Promise is a favorite too.
- A1 Living In The Past
- A2 Aqualung
- A3 Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll, Too Young To Die
- A4 Locomotive Breath
- A5 Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
- A6 Bungle In The Jungle
- B1 Sweet Dream
- B2 Songs From The Wood
- B3 Witches Promise
- B4 Thick As A Brick
- B5 Minstrel In The Gallery
- B6 Life’s A Long Song
ISB played a lot at home when I was young, but not this album as much as the others which I don’t yet own. My favorite is Changing Horses and it’s on my list to get. I would have liberated it from my parents but my little sister got there before me. Curses!
This album came a few years after the story of a magical childhood that is Changing Horses, it’s got influences from all over the world, with sitar, guitar, rock, folk songs, Caribbean salsa, reels and jigs all mixed up together. I love Licorice’s voice. I think she might be the reason (bad choice of word) my mother originally wanted to call me Lettuce. Fucking hippies. Licorice was last heard of at a Scientology benefit gig (fucking Scientologists) and seems to have vanished.
I saw the String Band about 15 years ago at some folk festival. Robin Williamsons wife was singing. Love is clearly deaf, she was awful, people left the gig and complained in that nice middle class way that ex fucking hippies complain.
This album is a gatefold, with lyrics on the inside. The poetry is really rather gorgeous. This is Tree:
I had a tree
in the dream hills where my childhood lay
and I’d go there in the wide long days
and my tree would listen to all that I’d say
and the sun was shining brightly and the sky was smiling
then one day when the world had put me in its tomb
and my life was just an empty room
I went to my tree and I sat there in my gloom
and the light was fading dimly and the sky was crying
then my tree bent its branches low down to the ground
and its green leaves shrouded up my mind
and I left the world somewhere behind
and I didn’t not know what I would find
and the sun was shining brightly and the sky was smiling
, LP, Album, Gatefold
- Talking Of The End 5:31
- Dear Old Battlefield 3:08
- Cosmic Boy 3:51
- Worlds They Rise And Fall 3:28
- Evolution Rag 4:44
- Painted Chariot 3:45
- Adam And Eve 2:33
- Red Hair 2:10
- Here Till Here Is There 3:07
- Tree 3:00
- Jigs & Reels 2:44
- Eyes Like Leaves
- Sunday Is My Wedding Day
- Drops Of Whiskey
- Grumbling Old Men
- Darling Belle 10:54
Janis Joplin – Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits
I’ve had this since I was 14 or so. I used to be able to do a pretty good impersonation of Janis then, thankfully I didn’t keep doing it because it ripped my throat out every time.
What can I say? Great album, great voice, nice screetching scratchy guitars, a rockin’ brass section and it reminds me of hot sunny days hanging around Plymouth Hoe, and bawling out ‘Cryyyyyyy’ in subways that made it a whole lot louder. Those subways are no longer there, clearly the sheer strength of my voice resonated deep into the concrete cancer and made demolition needed all the quicker. Hmm.
Weirdly, at the time I was hanging out with a male Janis and his very young mother who was sleeping with his best friend. Plymouth eh! They were both bright young things with genius brains, we’d stay up all night speedily stoned, discussing Mandelbrot sets and arguing about the value of an integer. Conversations then, that I didn’t know were practice for the sort of conversations I have with my 10 year old now. I don’t know what happened to Janis, good things I hope. His friend died of misadventure, I don’t know details but he did have a taste for the hard stuff so I assume it’s something related. Nice bloke. What a waste.
, LP, Compilation, Stereo
- A1 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Piece Of My Heart 4:19
- A2 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Summertime 4:01
- A3 Kozmic Blues Band – Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) 4:02
- A4 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Cry Baby 3:57
- A5 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Me And Bobby McGee 4:30
- B1 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me 3:07
- B2 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Get It While You Can 3:24
- B3 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Bye, Bye Baby 2:36
- B4 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Move Over 3:40
- B5 Full Tilt Boogie Band – Ball And Chain 8:01
I think I have a couple of copies of this, one I had and one my sister gave me because she thought I should have it.
Nothing to say, classic album, couldn’t not have it.
, LP, Album, Gatefold
- A1 I Feel The Earth Move 2:57
- A2 So Far Away 3:55
- A3 It’s Too Late 3:51
- A4 Home Again 2:27
- A5 Beautiful 3:05
- A6 Way Over Yonder 4:42
- B1 You’ve Got A Friend 5:07
- B2 Where You Lead 3:18
- B3 Will You Love Me Tomorrow? 4:10
- B4 Smackwater Jack 3:39
- B5 Tapestry 3:11
- B6 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman 3:47
Ron Davies – Silent Song Through The Land
This was the best 33p I ever spent! Bought as 3 for £1 with no idea what I was buying. It was in great condition and recorded in 1970 so it was worth a go. This was one of the goodies (the others were a safe bet Woodie Guthrie and a record by Meal Ticket I haven’t listened to yet)
Track one, side one starts off with some very lovely bluesy slide guitar then goes into It Aint Easy, which it turns out was written by Ron Davies! That was a surprise! The rest of the album is incredibly varied, with more Bowie to be found in the title track (the rif from Andy Warhol is so similar). Ron Davies has a bit of a Dylanny hoover voice sometimes which is my only criticism. There is delicate finger picking, gospel backing vocals, some really sweet harmonies with his sister and like all good albums it resolves beautifully. The order of the tracks has been really well thought out.
I am one happy happy bunny.
- A1 It Ain’t Easy 2:29
- A2 What Life Must Be Like For Some 2:28
- A3 Change 2:51
- A4 The Clown 4:12
- B1 Silent Song Through The Land 2:33
- B2 Yesterday Is All I Want 2:47
- B3 Open Road, The Open Sky 2:55
- B4 Lover And The Loved 6:05