Posted on September 04 2020
Missed last week’s blog (AWOL!) so plenty to talk about from the last couple of weeks new releases. Here are my highlights:
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song (Smalltown Supersound)
Nice to see Kelly back on track with a really good record, varied sounds from ethereal Cocteau twins style to pumping techy stuff, something for everyone on the electronic tip.
My Morning Jacket - Waterfall II (ATO)
I wasn’t massively keen on Jim James last solo LP but this is a return to form, a real grower and better than the Waterfall LP they released in 2015; fast shaping up to be my favourite rock album this year. Saw them live on the ‘Waterfall’ tour and it was a transcendent experience, a truly great band and Jim James is a front man that oozes charisma.
Ambrose Akinmusire - On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment (Blue Note)
We had the CD version a few weeks back but this week the vinyl LP has been released. Jazz trumpeter and band leader Ambrose Akinmusire pushes his post bop sound across 11 tracks with ballads and improvisations expressing the black experience in the US. Powerful and timely this record is well worth your time.
Dokken - The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 (Silver Lining Music)
Treasures from the vault of Don Dokken, these gems rock hard and show the band in its embryonic stage. 'Cause it was just an accident. I was cleaning out my locker and I found a bunch of master tapes from '77 to '79. And I said, 'What the heck are these?' And it turns out it was all these demos I did in the early '70s, before we had a record deal… It's kind of a fun record.’
The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (Polydor)
Always one of my favourite Stones albums, this is a bit special with half speed mastering for superb sound, ten additional tracks, three previously unheard including my highlight ‘Scarlet’ featuring none other than Jimmy Page. A treat.
Fleetwood Mac – 1973 to 1974 (Rhino)
A box set containing the three LPs from this period plus an unreleased live performance from the Record plant in 1974 and a 7” single. An under rated period in the band’s history, some unheralded AOR classics to be found here before Buckingham and Nicks arrived so worth discovering these. We also have the 8 CD box set 1969-1974.
Bob Stanley Presents – 76 In The Shade (Ace)
Not only the writer of one of the best books on music but also a premium selector of some note for a range of great compilations (only last month we had Saint Etienne presents Songs For the Fountain Coffee Room which is highly recommended) Bob Stanley delivers some pop scorchers and lesser known sizzlers from the hot Summer of ’76. This is right up my street.
The Deep – Silver Surfer (Violent Drum)
Oh the best to last. I am a sucker for the early 90’s prog house sound, throw in a David Sylvian sample and a female Italian spoken vocal and it is sold. Hairs on the neck time (ponytail obviously) with this beauty, utterly essential. Altogether ‘Silver Surfer I Love You’, now where are those leather trousers?
We also have a bundle of 7”s released over the past week, several from Ace and Kent for you soul lovers out there but here are my favourites as they are more on the disco tip.
Margaret Wakeley – Hard To Leave The Island/So Hard To Be Away (Re:Warm)
Re:Warm are fast becoming my favourite re-issue label of late and they have struck gold with this blue eyed soul double header on 7 inch. If you love that 70’s California AOR disco sound then this is for you.
Laverne Washington - The Promise / That's What I've Been Searching For (Melodies International)
More boogie/disco/soul from the boys at Melodies International, this has got 1984 all over it. Close my eyes and it transports me back to London, living at the Central YMCA Gt Russell Street, a fresh faced innocent in the big city.
Last week was a big jazz week on the re-issue front and all audiophile versions including the super Blue Note Tone Poet Series of LP’s so fantastic pressings of these essentials:
Joe Henderson - The State Of The Tenor (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
Jackie McLean – It’s Time ((Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
Stan Getz and João Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto (Verve)
And my favourite:
Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson - Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Verve)
A classic from 1959 on an audiophile pressing, simply an essential for every home vinyl collection. Smooth jazz from the masters, one for Sunday morning with a large cappuccino and a Sunday supplement in hand.
Phew!! Lots of interesting music to discover and I didn’t even mention the Helloween! Best of comp ‘Unarmed’ featuring radically re-worked versions from their back catalogue that sounds like they are auditioning for a metal version of Disney’s ‘Beauty & The Beast’ and pulling it off with style, creating the best West End show you’ve never seen.
Thanks for calling!
David – Nightfly Records