His debut LP is solid, all killer no filler.
"Hangin' out with you two is like partying with Fugazi"
"Hangin' out with you two is like partying with Fugazi"
Yep, it's that time of month when Mr.Bollard shows off all the embarrassing and crap records he has found in the last four weeks.
From a "collectors" point of view the find of the month was probably the Ron Grainer/BBC Radiophonic Workshop 7" that I couldn't wait to post and Johnny Trunk coincidently damned with faint praise on his website a week or so ago, but I've found a couple of things that are certainly better than that since then.
For the first time this year I've had a little bit of spending money so I've included 3 brand new and full price items in here, is that against the rules?
So, in chronological order we have...
Ennio Morricone "Butterfly O.S.T."
Well you can never have too much Morricone can you? On this evidence you can. Dreary romantic nonsense and bootleg sound quality. Took a punt as it was very cheap and regretted it.
Petula Clark "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love"
This is much more like it. Produced by Tony Hatch and arranged by Johnny Harris. Every track is good, with honourable mentions for a mildly psychedelic "Rain" and beaty version of Lee Hazlewood's "Bang Bang".
Frank Pourcel "Imagination"
Opening track (whatever it is called) is pretty nice and maybe a keeper, rest indifferent. Worth the 50p I paid for it.
"Top of the Pops Vol.48"
Have a vague ambition to own the whole set. Got 42 so far, would have more if (a) I was happy to buy trashed copies as collection filler and (b) was willing to pay more tha 50p for a copy. This is the one with a passable version of "Space Oddity".
Madness "It's... Madness
Ignore the "I've got a new Mac computer and no ****ing clue how to use it" circa 1992 artwork and the misleading "16 Classic Tracks" tag as this is a good example of what can happen when a record label actually let's an act have a say in what goes on a greatest hits comp.
IE: an intelligently sequenced run of 8 hit singles, 6 b-sides and a couple of EP tracks. Maybe not quite up there with the, erm, divine "Divine Madness" compilation LP/VHS set but proof yet again that it is impossible to make a bad Madness compilation.
The Silver Apples "s.t."
The only Silver Apples LP I previously owned is "The Garden", a collection of outtakes that was released back in the 90's and frankly I don't particularly like it, this on the other hand is brilliant.
Yahowah 13 "To the Principles For the Children"
God bless Father Yod. Like the above this is a reissue. Garage rock with very strange vocals. Though I can live with the kiddie hymn ending side two.
Hoffnung "At the Oxford Union"
I've now got three different LPs of this material. Funny as heck, but did I really need another version? It's a 10" and it was £1 so I guess I did.
"Sailor - a Picture In Sound of the Royal Navy"
Bought for the BBC gallery. Ain't played it yet.
Elton John "Friends O.S.T."
Rarest of Elton's 70's LPs by a country mile, now I only need "Tumbleweed Connection" and I've got the lot. Not the stinker it's reputed to be but still not great.
"Top of the Pops Vol.19"
Nice version of Paul and Linda McCartney's flop "On the Backseat of My Car" single, otherwise musically worthless.
Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66 "Fool On the Hill"
Had an OG of this in that attractive gatefold sleeve but got rid for some reason. This budget reissue will do 'til I turn up a proper copy.
Peter Howell and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop "The Boby In Question"
Nice to finally have a physical copy of this at last rather than the tracks on the "Retrospective" CD. Oddly this release is dated 3 years after the series actually aired...
Paul Hardcastle "s.t."
Superior 80's electro pop. One friend compared the last track to Deep Forest. We are no longer friends.
Cyndi Lauper "Time After Time"
Never properly listened to this song but as Miles Davis liked it enough to record his own version I figured I'd take a punt. Nice enough lyric, but the music is definitely where it's at. B side features not one but two versions of the hellish "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"...
Peter Baumann "Romance '76"
Bjork once said this was her favourite ever album. Pretty damn good actually, reminds me in parts of Kraftwerk, Harmonia and, not surprisingly, Tangerine Dream.
"Bellyachers Listen: Songs From East Africa 1936 - 1946"
Another Honest Johns collection of world music 78's from the EMI archive. Will be getting vol.2 next week.
"Christopher Lee reads Tales of Mystery and Horror by Edgar Allan Poe"
Probably the most gothic item listed on VG+ this month. Double cassette in a flimsy cardboard wrap-around sleeve.
"Just a Mish Mash"
Considering it's vintage, content and label geography I'm surprised I have never stumbled across this before. Proper 80's indie from the tail end of the era when the term still, on whole, meant alternative and interesting. Yeah the cover is a little sexist, the rear even more so (they've taken off the coats and are stood there wearing swimsuits and high heels), which I'm surprised they got away with in 1988.
Queen "A Night At the Opera"
Have a feeling that the shop I got this from had recently been visited by some price guide/eBay f*cktard as, along with about two dozen others, this LP had been carelessly shoved sideways and backwards back into the charity shop box I found it in. This hadn't met his standards (99% chance it was a he) and with three or four surface marks I could understand why, yet my spidey senses told me it would play just fine. Surprised to find this to be a great album and the first, none Greatest Hits, Queen LP I've kept. Not a duff track at all on side 1, with "39" being probably my new fave Queen song. Looses 100 brownie points as the liner notes proudly and prominently proclaim "No Synthesizers!"
Chas and Dave "Don't Give a Monkey's..."
Ill sick raer beatz and breakz. Well not really, not on this one anyhow. Loved this LP, side 2 is a live in studio affair a-la "Slade Alive!" and you can't help thinking this pair must have been a killer live act back in the day.
Chicago Transit Authority "s.t."
Never owned one of these, very very tatty cover but at the asking price I just couldn't pass it up.
"Pick of the Pops Vol.8"
50p and contains a version of "Theme From Shaft". The lady on the cover is IMO pretty cute as well. Which is nice.
Warren Kime and his Brass Impact "Brass Impact Goin' Someplace!"
This months token jazz LP. Not played it yet.
F@*# me. Do my eyes deceive me or does that Paul Hardcastle actually have three PCI (sound?) cards on it. Genius!
...if in doubt consult your dealer.
Just noticed as I was logging a deroy album on rym...It's from 1976, so it has the deroy label with the name written vertically on the left side, as opposed to the earlier somewhat generic Deroy Sound Services labels. However, the other labels like this also show the Carnforth, Lancs address (see St Anthony's Folk above.) This one, a Scottish Ceilidh album, shows the address as "Made by Deroy Records, Eastwood Cove, Dumbartonshire, Scotland."
Does anyone have any info on this? I'm certain it's the same label, but did they move in later years, or just have 2 (or more) bases of operation? I never saw this before and am a bit puzzled.
as far as i know mate they never moved -deroy ended it's days in Carnforth - it was in an another location previously
Banned (DJ Anchovy)
Then it seems we have a bit of a mystery.
I highly doubt there's much market for Ceilidh albums generally. I saw it cheap in a list with the name Deroy misspelled and took a flyer.