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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby The Fish » 20 Jan 2015, 09:24

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It Ain't Easy Ron Davies
I'm Gonna Kill You Wynn Stewart
Why Not Your Baby Velvet Crush
Glad & Sorry Golden Smog
Jewel Eyed Judy Fleetwood Mac
Everybody Needs Love Drive By Truckers
Is A Bluebird Blue (MGM K13415) Dan Penn
Brickyard Blues Frankie Miller
Call Me The Breeze J.J. Cale
Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas) Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash
Big Noise From Speonk The Lovin' Spoonful
Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave Charlie Rich
Bernard Jenkins J Mayall/E Clapton
Whiskey Woman The Flamin' Groovies
Seven Days Ron Wood


Thanks Tom,

no wonder a lot of that sounded familiar, a new record for me in the D'oh count department. I own the Wynn Stewart Bear Family box and just about everything by Golden Smog, Velvet Crush, Drive By Truckers, Fleetwood Mac, Lovin' Spoonful and Dan Penn. :D
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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby TG » 20 Jan 2015, 17:56

Review time! A seriously mixed bag mix that is really all over the place. It gets better and better as it goes on.

1) Not sure what this is. Sounds a bit familiar but it's not a great start. McCartney-esque acoustic pop that's too fey and earnest for my taste. I swear I got this on another mix some time ago. Not a fan.

2) Hey now! Wynonie Harris. I love Wynonie. I first got into him (& jump blues, in general) in the early 80s. I recently bought a Rhino best of CD and it's a load of fun. This track is no different. Nice recovery from the first track.

3) Some Power Pop now and it's right up my alley. In the style of Fountains of Wayne or The Shazam. I hope it isn't so that I'll have a new band to delve into. Great harmonies.

4) A bit of the O' Brother Where Art Thou. Fine playing and a song about death - just my thing. These folks really can play. I'd buy this.

5) Synth pop chick. This mix is really all over the place. A bit like a Madonna record but it isn't. Okay, but not great.

6) Back to the R&B / Jump Blues bag. Hook is drenched in reverb; a weird effect for it's time. Simple arrangement and cool sax playing. Very nice.

7) An odd Brazilian (?), almost Eno-like track. I hated it at first but I must admit it's grown on me. Interested to know what this is.

8) At first I thought it was Steve Earle but it's not his voice.I seem to recognize the voice, though. This is a really good song.

9) More R&B and it's a song I know because a band I was in several years ago used to cover this. The Walking Blues - a risqué number that must have been considered downright blue when it came out. I don't know who this is but it's put a smile on my face.

10) Really upbeat acoustic pop. Perhaps a bit too upbeat for my tastes. Not quite my thing.

11) Here we go; some C&W fiddles to start and that ain't a bad thing. I can't tell if it's older and Loretta or newer and Emmylou. Either way it's well played, well written and quite nice.

12) More C&W but guitars instead of fiddles. Country Rock to be more specific. It reminds me of Dave Edmunds covering Country tunes. Not sure, again, if it's old or new but it's pretty cool.

13) Back to the old school R&B in a 5 Royales or Hank Ballard & the Midnighters bag. Really good stuff.

14) Starts out all swirly and Psych but quickly morphs into Power Pop (emphasis on the Power). Once again like the Fountains of Wayne or The Shazam. Good track with great production touches.

15) More Pop with slightly less Power. Like Freedy Johnston or his ilk. It's nice to hear a modern song about California that's not by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Another one I like.

16) Some very hip blues now. I'm pretty sure this must be R.L. Burnside. Whoever it is I'd explore further. This is real good.

17) Nice 12 string intro. Mark Lanegan, perhaps? I like this sort of thing but, outside of Lanegan, I don't know where to look for it.

18) Soul / R&B in a Chicago stylee. Really a very cool track. I love the guitar / horn interplay and the falsetto vocals. Another winner.

19) Ending up with electric guitars and fine vocals. The vocals hit the gruff, scream mode and I could swear this is Terry Reid. I own his older 60s material and this is too modern for that. A fine way to end the mix.

So, for as much of a potpourri as this was, it hit more than missed. I suspect this mix is going to cost me $$$ once the reveal is posted.
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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby Oscar » 20 Jan 2015, 18:24

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Seriously?

Winter 3 over winter 2 or summer 1?

We need to talk!

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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby The Fish » 21 Jan 2015, 19:18

TG wrote:Review time! A seriously mixed bag mix that is really all over the place. It gets better and better as it goes on.

Hi Tom. After messing up the matches and getting you to send to me, it worked out that we actually exchanged discs this month as I already had you down to send to at that point. Mixed bag is what I do :D I know you like jump blues and blues shouters and power pop so it was a fair helping of that plus whatever else I decided to throw in and see what stuck

1) Not sure what this is. Sounds a bit familiar but it's not a great start. McCartney-esque acoustic pop that's too fey and earnest for my taste. I swear I got this on another mix some time ago. Not a fan.

Might even have been me. I'll know better next time. He does have a mcCartneyesque way with a pop tune and I can't see the problem with that. Andy Partridge from the Fuzzy Warbles series

2) Hey now! Wynonie Harris. I love Wynonie. I first got into him (& jump blues, in general) in the early 80s. I recently bought a Rhino best of CD and it's a load of fun. This track is no different. Nice recovery from the first track.

KNew I was on safe ground here. I have the Proper box set, but this was lifted from an Ace comp Jiving Jamboree Vol3. Actually used three more from that as the starting point for the mix.

3) Some Power Pop now and it's right up my alley. In the style of Fountains of Wayne or The Shazam. I hope it isn't so that I'll have a new band to delve into. Great harmonies.

A new favourite thanks to Brother Spoon's excellent albums of 2000 thread. Liked the youtube clips so took a punt on this and it's great. The band is Cherry Twister

4) A bit of the O' Brother Where Art Thou. Fine playing and a song about death - just my thing. These folks really can play. I'd buy this.

Muleskinner, described by Wikipedia as a bluegrass supergroup, which seems fairly accurate with Clarence White, Peter Rowan and David Grisman in the line up

5) Synth pop chick. This mix is really all over the place. A bit like a Madonna record but it isn't. Okay, but not great.

I'm a sucker for pure pop hooks. Voice Of The Beehive but from the 3rd album i.e the one without the hit singles

6) Back to the R&B / Jump Blues bag. Hook is drenched in reverb; a weird effect for it's time. Simple arrangement and cool sax playing. Very nice.

Back to Jiving Jamboree with Little Esther

7) An odd Brazilian (?), almost Eno-like track. I hated it at first but I must admit it's grown on me. Interested to know what this is.

In which case you might be surprised that it's Joni, her last studio album Shine. I seem to be alone in sticking up for this. In the BCB 130 piece I mentioned it seems like half an album once you take out instrumental, pointless cover and a couple of weaker tracks, but when it's good I think it's fine. The Marsalis/Shorter thing normally annoys me but I think it works as more integral to the song here rather than tacked on noodling.

8) At first I thought it was Steve Earle but it's not his voice.I seem to recognize the voice, though. This is a really good song.

Funny that you should send me a Drive By Truckers track which I failed to spot as this is Jason Isbell.Sometimes when a band splits although you lose something you can get two for the price of one. After a couple of worthy but not quite there solo efforts, everything cam right on this album Southeastern which isvery good indeed, plus I thought English Oceams was the best DBT since Dirty South

9) More R&B and it's a song I know because a band I was in several years ago used to cover this. The Walking Blues - a risqué number that must have been considered downright blue when it came out. I don't know who this is but it's put a smile on my face.

Mundanely repetitve almost but catchy as hell. Jesse Powell and his Orchestra

10) Really upbeat acoustic pop. Perhaps a bit too upbeat for my tastes. Not quite my thing.

A guy I discovered whose albums go for a song and I like a lot. David Mead.

11) Here we go; some C&W fiddles to start and that ain't a bad thing. I can't tell if it's older and Loretta or newer and Emmylou. Either way it's well played, well written and quite nice.

Just imagine Percy warbling along. It's Alison Krauss. Well worth investigating in her own right.

12) More C&W but guitars instead of fiddles. Country Rock to be more specific. It reminds me of Dave Edmunds covering Country tunes. Not sure, again, if it's old or new but it's pretty cool.

No one does real country rock quite like Poco, certainly in the case of their early albums

13) Back to the old school R&B in a 5 Royales or Hank Ballard & the Midnighters bag. Really good stuff.

Back to Jiving Jamboree and The Royals, presumably no relation.

14) Starts out all swirly and Psych but quickly morphs into Power Pop (emphasis on the Power). Once again like the Fountains of Wayne or The Shazam. Good track with great production touches.

I guess everyone knoes Frosting On The Beater, but the slighlty later Posies albums are still full of great stuff.

15) More Pop with slightly less Power. Like Freedy Johnston or his ilk. It's nice to hear a modern song about California that's not by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Another one I like.

Having taken a ount on Cherry Twister as noted above, I discovered the main man Steve Ward also had a couple of solo albums

16) Some very hip blues now. I'm pretty sure this must be R.L. Burnside. Whoever it is I'd explore further. This is real good.

Yep Burnside. It's all good but especially the older stuff like this before he started dabbling with DJs and Jon Spencer.

17) Nice 12 string intro. Mark Lanegan, perhaps? I like this sort of thing but, outside of Lanegan, I don't know where to look for it.

Martin Sexton. More usually labelled a folkie but transcends that tag with a great command of vocal range.

18) Soul / R&B in a Chicago stylee. Really a very cool track. I love the guitar / horn interplay and the falsetto vocals. Another winner.

From one of the Birth Of Soul comps. The Invincibles

19) Ending up with electric guitars and fine vocals. The vocals hit the gruff, scream mode and I could swear this is Terry Reid. I own his older 60s material and this is too modern for that. A fine way to end the mix.

It is indeed Tery Reid, who is still touring and didn't he have some kind of residency in your neck of the woods. Anyway this is from a later live album (Alive) comprising covers and new material.

So, for as much of a potpourri as this was, it hit more than missed. I suspect this mix is going to cost me $$$ once the reveal is posted.

Glad you enjoyed for the most part.

1. Andy Partridge - I Gave My Suitcase Away
2. Wynonie Harris - The Deacon Don't Like It
3. Cherry Twister - Charlotte B
4. Muleskinner - White House Blues
5. Vpice Of The Beehive - New Day
6. Little Esther - Hollerin' and Screamin'
7. Joni Mitchell - Hana
8. Jason Isbell - Different Days
9. Jesse Powell and his Orchestra - The Walkin' Blues
10. David Mead - Girl On The Roof
11. Alison Krauss - I'm Alone Again
12. Poco - You Better Think Twice
13. The Royals - Are You Forgetting
14. The Posies - Second Time Around
15. Steve Ward - California
16. RL Burnside - Old Black Mattie
17. Martin Sexton - Candy
18. The Invincibles - Heart Full Of Love
19. Terry Reid - Secrets

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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 21 Jan 2015, 19:28

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Jason Isbell.Sometimes when a band splits although you lose something you can get two for the price of one. After a couple of worthy but not quite there solo efforts, everything cam right on this album Southeastern which isvery good indeed, plus I thought English Oceams was the best DBT since Dirty South



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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby whodathunkit » 22 Jan 2015, 11:22

1) Well this takes me back, but I guess that is kind of the point. I knew I’d heard this before as a catch all comedy theme, but had it in mind it was used by Harry Worth. I was trying to picture the arm and leg thing and seeing if the music fit. Anyway I eventually went to youtube which confirmed my suspicions. Whatever happened to Harry Worth? Most of the TV comedians from that era had some kind of extended career, but he only seemed to be in the public eye for a year or two. I can only think of Arthur Haynes from that era with a similarly short TV career. Anyway enough of the comedic nostalgia….

Something silly to kick things off. "Comedy Hour" by the Ivor Slaney Orchestra used eventually as the Harry Worth theme. Nostalgia to you and me Paul, a historical musical curio to everybody else in mix club :D .

2) Love this. Raw early Stones feel with a great bit of sax honk.

Never heard a bad track from this lot. "Sweet Talk" by Sam the Sham plus Pharoahs

3) Van. Later Van by the sound of it. He can sound like he’s coasting at times but hey he has the chops for sure. Oddly enough he sings here “please won’t you cut me some slack”. You know what Van yes I will.

The N-word strikes again. "Whatever Happened To PJ Proby?" from his last decent album, 2002's Down The Road. The usual whine-fest from Van but with some wit for a change. The Jimmy Saville references amused me.

4) Motown. Sounds like it could be David Ruffin, so obviously it’s great

On balance I think David is probably my all-time fave soul album. Not a duff second. This one's "It'll Take A Whole Lotta Doin'"

5) Some early jazz, “struuters ball” style. Nice little toetapper

I always seem to be apologising around these parts for my lack of enthusiasm for Jazz. And yet the first 40 years of the genre is amongst my favourite music of all. You're all just listening to the wrong stuff. "Vipers Moan" by Willie Bryant and his Orchestra from 1935

6) In a similar vein but with more vocals. Enjoyable hokum.

An extremely silly record. "Dad's Old Mule" by Tyus and Tyus who appear to be a google-free zone

7) I’m sure I’ve heard the song before (I got Mine). Great version whoever it is.

Frank Stokes, who sounds more like a plumber from Smethwick than a blues singer and "I Got Mine". Would love to find some more stuff from him. Taken from Robert Crumbs excellent Heroes of Blues Jazz and Country comp.

8) This is a weird one. A bizarre garage/psych/raga mix. Certainly grabs the attention. Could well be a grower

US Kaleidoscope and "Egyptian Gardens" from their 1967 debut Side Trips

9) Lovely almost fairground style riff and everlyish vocals. This was quite slight but really reeled me in. Great little pop song.

This daft little thing was probably my favourite song of last year. Catchy beyond all levels of tolerance."Waiting On My Sweetie Pie" by NRBQ from their Brass Tacks" album

10) Pearlfishers – I recall you being underwhelmed by this album in NP which surprised me as I thought it was up to scratch. This song near the end is gorgeous of course and I think the opening few are solid. You could say it sags in the middle a bit I suppose, but then you could say that about me !!

Nah, the songs weren't up to scratch. Only liked "Gone In The Winter" and this one. But as this one ("Her Heart Moves Like The Sea Moves") is 100% gorgeous all is forgiven. Don't have a fucking clue what it's about which all goes to prove......er, something

11) Prefab Sprout – Jordan remains their masterpiece for me but this was a surprisingly good return to form I thought.

Agreed on both counts. "Billy"

12) Country troubadour style (Townes, Steve Earle, Slaid Cleaves et al), the kind who manage to rise above the usual Americana crowd. Love this.

First song I ever heard by Shelby Lynne was this one on a magazine comp. Went exploring further and disappointment set in. Still love this though. "Where Am I Now".

13) When country sounds just like country oughta, a tick in the box is pretty mush guaranteed.

Proper job,eh? Porter Wagoner and "I'll Go Out Swinging".

14) There seems a whole new array of artists who you could probably term “bastard daughters of Gillian Welch” Anais Mitchell, Angel Olsen etc. This doesn’t necessarily rise from the crowd, but it is a sound I generally like and this is no exception.

Two illegitimate offspring actually - Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn from last years eponymous effort. "Whatcha Gonna Do".

15) Probably unfair to call this the only misfire on the disc. I didn’t hate this. I quite liked it even, but it is way oversung. The vocals’ started to annoy me which is a shame as there is nothing wrong with the song I just wished the singer wouldn’t try so hard and let the song speak for itself……..

One of those lost 60s classics and one of the few that turn out to be any good.Euphoria's A Gift From Euphoria from 1969. Probably should have picked a different track. This is probably more my sort of thing than yours although no single track is representative. Worth exploring

16) ….like this. Simply lovely. Need to know who this is.

It's me Christmas track! Sounds pretty good in January as well. Surprised you didn't spot the Everlies. "Christmas Eve Can Kill You." from Stories We Could Tell.

17) This is great too. Really simple song reminds me of John Prine’s style. Another anticipated reveal.

One of those songs I've never heard a bad version of - Woody Guthrie's "Hobos Lullaby". The wonderfully named Gary and Randy Scruggins from the Vanguard box set Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene

18) And a great bit of high energy sweaty soul to finish.

Another great comp - Dusty Heard Them Here First on Ace. "Packing Up" by Margie Hendrix

Cheers Bob, certainly more hits than misses.

As ever, a pleasure Paul.

1. "Comedy Hour" - Ivor Slaney
2. "Sweet Talk" - Sam The Sham/Pharoahs
3. "Whatever Happened To PJ Proby?" - Van Morrison
4. "It's Gonna Take A Whole Lotta Doin'" - David Ruffin
5. "Vipers Moan" - Willie Bryant
6. "Dads Old Mule" - Tyus and Tyus
7. "I Got Mine" - Frank Stokes
8. "Egyptian Gardens" - US Kaleidoscope
9. "Waiting On My Sweetie Pie" - NRBQ
10. "Her Heart Moves Like The Sea Moves" - Pearlfishers
11. "Billy" - Prefab Sprout
12. "Where Am I Now" - Shelby Lynne
13. "I'll Go Out Swinging" - Porter Wagoner
14. "What'cha Gonna Do?" - Bela Flack/Abigail Washburn
15. "Lady Bedford" - Euphoria
16. "Christmas Eve Can Kill You" - Everly Brothers
17. "Hobo's Lullaby" - Gary and Randy Scruggins
18. "Packing Up" - Margie Hendrix
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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby The Fish » 22 Jan 2015, 14:36

Cheers Bob, should have spotted the Everlys. NRBQ have been on my radar with a view to checking out more of for some while so that was a timely reminder.
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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby Minnie the Minx » 25 Feb 2015, 15:59

I can't remember what's happening, am I not getting a December mix to review or is that one my February one?
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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby The Fish » 25 Feb 2015, 22:43

Your December mixer was Yves, who fell behind due to hospitalisation. You said in a pm that you already knew this and Yves had already 'fessed up. Given the delay I assumed that all concerned were simply moving on to the next month.
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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby Minnie the Minx » 26 Feb 2015, 01:26

Ey up, Yves is probably still working on it :D
Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. What I meant to say was is the February mix from Yves, delayed from Dec?
But I don't think it is.
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Re: December 2014 Reviews

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 26 Feb 2015, 07:32

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Your December mix is done, Anna.

I will send it asap to Paul along with the February mix for someone else..
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