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  • September Finds 2015

    Still playing catch-up with my recent finds (plenty more to come) so to get September kick-started, here's a few sundry album acquisitions...

    Paid a visit to Sharston Books in South Manchester at the weekend - the vinyl used to be in two sections, the pricier stuff (occasionally a bit of interesting rock and psych hidden amongst much run of the mill dross) upstairs amid all the sci-fi gubbins, and a whole load of chud inna tip-shop stylee in a Portakabin outside the main building - in fact, since the place is not far from my nearest recycling centre, I've often wondered if the owner didn't just trawl the skips! The upstairs section is now gone ('took up too much room') - no great loss really - and the Portakabin stash is greatly diminished, but did yield four of the following;



    Maynard Ferguson - 'The World Of Maynard Ferguson'/'MF Horn 2' - I'd heard of Mr Ferguson before, and was aware he had some kind of jazz pedigree, but didn't let that detract me, especially when I saw the name of Keith Mansfield all over these two and, coupled with the track listings, I figured I'd happened on some vulture style goodness. 'The World Of' got off to a promising start with 'Chala Nata' a nice bit of groovy raga-jazz, with a veena involved. John Cameron's 'If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind' was a bit of a disappointment (perhaps I'll change my mind though..) 'L-Dopa' had looked like the main event and in some ways was, but essentially it's a large wad of padding, 'Powerhouse Pop' played twice with a dull section in the middle. Credit to MF & Co. for trying to straighten out the beat through the boring bits of 'MacArthur Park', but unfortunately failing to capitalise on the groovy allegro section.

    'MF Horn 2' looked a more likely contender with a 'Shaft' and a 'Spinning Wheel' on but again, MF & Co. miss these open goals by trying to be too clever with the arrangements. The version of Lennon's 'Mother' is a more inspired choice and better-executed. These albums fail largely due to being groovy easy listening disguised as jazz and ultimately being neither. And there's another problem - the words 'parpmongous/parptastic' are, I feel, overused on this forum, but they would be apt here - and may I add,'squealorrendous'? The brass just gets a bit too much....

    Kenny Clare & Ronnie Stephenson - 'Drum Spectacular' - Plenty of familiar Britjazz names in the lineup here; Hayes, Baker, Lusher, Scott, Coe etc....I can enjoy a bit of spectacular big band drumming as much as the next man (saw Clem Burke playing in Nancy Sinatra's band once - brilliant) but it has to be part of a show to stand out - a whole album of it on every predictable standard soon wore me down - this can join the Gene Krupa album I recently acquired in the outpile...

    Noel Coward - 'The Master Sings' - A rather classy 1966 MfP effort this one. I'm no expert on Noel Coward and whilst I fully expected to be floored by his towering wit (and I was), I wasn't expecting to find that both the melodies and Mr Coward's singing are really rather lovely. Only the limits of the recordings hinder this at all - a very pleasing find, and I'll be on the lookout for more...

    ...other sundry finds...

    John Stewart - 'Bombs Away Dream Babies' - bought this during a quick look round the door in my local Oxfam - remembered my brother had been after a copy - later remembered I'd already bought him one a few years back, so gave it a listen anyway. This album always gets tagged as a 'Fleetwood Mac by the back door' affair, but I think that's a bit unfair.

    Sure, the influence of the Buckingham/Nix axis is all over it, not least on the best known track 'Gold', a fine anthem for the musical fraternity of California. I certainly came away with more respect for Lindsey Buckingham, because he's done a great job of putting the solid and economical songwriting of John Stewart, already something of a veteran at the time, in a frame that both makes it as relevant and modern as it could be without losing the 'soul' of the songs - you can actually hear John being worked hard here, but he comes through fine and the sympathetic production really re-energises that folk-pop sound of the early sixties - better than I thought it might be....



    Cabaret Voltaire - 'Live YMCA 27 10 79' - Many thanks to Shere Khan for offering this up on 'Record Gratis' - took me back instantly to the Sheffield of my youth - the titular YMCA was on Broomhall Road in a shady, slightly scary twilight world that existed between the genteel shops of Ecclesall Road at one end and the crumbling Georgian terraces of Broomhall at the other and the sounds on this album, distinctly dissonant and lo-fi, capture the mood of foment quite wonderfully - oh sure, there's 'Nag Nag Nag' and a cover of 'Here She Comes Now' on here, but the structures of the songs almost break the mood - it's all about the atmospherics for me....

    ...one more...

    Was wandering past a charity shop in Edgeley, Stockport that had never turned up much but had a quick look on the off chance - all rubbish as usual and I was irritated by one battered album bereft of even inner sleeve that was sitting atop the others - took a closer look and wondered if it was salvageable - took it home and gave it the giantchicken 'intensive treatment'...



    ..came up alright enough to play through without any major dramas...put it on at sunset and enjoyed....



    Gabor Szabo - 'Bacchanal' - the rare UK issue on Fontana - lovely album - all I need now is a sleeve!



    ...more to come...
    you can hear colours when they rhyme...

  • #2
    Originally posted by giantchicken View Post
    Paid a visit to Sharston Books in South Manchester at the weekend - the vinyl used to be in two sections, the pricier stuff (occasionally a bit of interesting rock and psych hidden amongst much run of the mill dross) upstairs amid all the sci-fi gubbins, and a whole load of chud inna tip-shop stylee in a Portakabin outside the main building - in fact, since the place is not far from my nearest recycling centre, I've often wondered if the owner didn't just trawl the skips!
    Interesting... my partner's mum mentioned this place to me as somewhere I might like to check out, but I've never made it yet. Do they have much classical in amongst the chud/gubbins/kibble, or is it all Val 'n' Des 'n' Harry 'n' pals?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sonovox View Post
      Interesting... my partner's mum mentioned this place to me as somewhere I might like to check out, but I've never made it yet. Do they have much classical in amongst the chud/gubbins/kibble, or is it all Val 'n' Des 'n' Harry 'n' pals?
      I wouldn't go out of my way to pay a visit these days, Sonovox, unless it's books or magazines you're after - they seem particularly good at that. I only popped in because the paper recycling skip at my local supermarket had been removed and figured if I drove the two or three miles to the dump, a bit of digging on the way would justify it. The available vinyl was about enough to fill a very large bookcase and featured all the artists you mention and a lot of country - Patsy Cline collectors could hit the motherlode there maybe, but I gave it all a good rinse and only came up with the four mentioned. I think there were a few classical boxsets, but little else. In fact I scored three Beethovens (2 on Supraphon) at a hitherto unvisited charity on the way back!

      I asked the owner if he was winding down the vinyl side of the operation - he said it was not deliberate, but that it was getting harder to find decent collections to sell on (a complaint I've heard a few times recently in these parts) - he said he'd buy more in if he could find decent 'rock stuff' (even at it's height there was a distinct 'rockist' lilt to the place) but that all he got offered these days was Andy Williams and Shirley Bassey - obviously the book side of the operation pays the rent so if he's given over the indoor space to that, I guess you can't blame him really....
      you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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      • #4
        OK, thanks for that! I am kind of scared to venture there anyhow... if the description of my record piles sounded bad, you should see the piles of books I've yet to read

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        • #5
          That's possibly a fair assesement of Maynard. Personally I love his stuff and have about 10 albums of parpmungous majesty but its clearly not everyones cup of tea.
          Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

          John Peel

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          • #6
            Originally posted by emperor tomato ketchup View Post
            That's possibly a fair assesement of Maynard. Personally I love his stuff and have about 10 albums of parpmungous majesty but its clearly not everyones cup of tea.
            He has his moments

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sonovox View Post
              He has his moments

              there's some moments on this one too - the title track if memory serves:

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              • #8
                Some 45s found on the hinterwebs for your delight and delectation....starting with a tale of two sonics....



                The Sonics - 'House Party' EP - Four 1964 home recorded goodies from the lovable proto-garage funsters featuring 'Keep A Knockin'' - another lucky win on the 'bay at £2.18...

                Sonic's Rendevous Band - 'City Slang' - Rather more expensive, but without getting silly, this blue vinyl re-ish was absolutely the only one I could find anywhere on the planet and well worth the outlay, I'm sure you'll agree...





                The Chantays - 'Pipeline' - a classic for surfin' birds...

                Kevin Ayers - 'Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes' - remember kids, it's not good to give illegal drugs to people without their consent, even if they have been quite rude to you - although it can provide a humorous scenario for a great single...



                Julie Ege - 'Love' Spotted this one on the 'bay when it was a minute from the end of the auction, so essentially a blind punt - for any youngsters reading this, Julie Ege was, in the early 70's, one of a number of pet adopted Scandinavian bombshells that set young British beaus hearts a-racing and severely tested YKK's finest products, often to destruction. Aaaah, 'Love'. I'd love to be able to post a Youtube clip of this one, but none exists, I'd love to be able to tell you how Julie imbues one of John Lennon's loveliest songs with the sweetest fragrance of the nectar of love itself...but I can't - because it's awful...so let's remember Julie with a picture instead....aaaahhhhh....



                Summertime...and the euro was queasy....I decided to punish Europe for it's weak and inadequate currency, but not in a cowardly Farage style way, oh no, not me, sir...so I picked on one single Spanish dealer who I reckoned I could take and punished him...twice in fact....the average price of all the following was about £2 each...

                Billy Preston - 'Fuera De Orbita' - or 'Outa Space' as we know it - funky clav jam in excelsis...

                Jim & Jean - People World - Groovy lysergic tinged pop-folk from the 60s - the B side 'Time Goes Backwards' is the draw...



                Mistral - 'Starship 109' - spectacular space-disco euro-nonsense from former Shocking Blue & Exseption alumni...love it...





                The Sugarhill Gang - Apache in a rather pretentious 'Egyptian' themed picture sleeve and turning up just nicely to coincide with it's revival as an advertising jingle on TV...

                Agua Viva - 'Poetas Andaluces'/ 'Cantare' - Haven't quite worked out the background to this one - the A side appears to be a poem by Rafael Alberti set to some pleasant music, but I was hooked by the more adventurous and melodic B side, Manolo Diaz's 'Cantare'...



                Antoine - 'Yo digo lo que pienso y vivo como quiero' - amazingly, it took me very little time to translate this back into 'Je dis ce que je pense et je vis comme je veux'...phew, keeps you on your toes this record malarkey, eh?



                The Lemon Pipers - 'Jelly Jungle' - following an Lemon Pipers love-in on Mr BradX's playlist page, I was alarmed to discover that I didn't own 'Jelly Jungle', one of my favourite pop songs ever, on vinyl - this poorly pressed Mexican EP will suffice until I find a better copy...

                Los Relampagos - 'Danza del fuego' - quite possibly my favourite find this summer - great picture sleeve, and despite a bit of a warp towards the outer edge, it plays fine and oh - how it plays....this is Falla's 'Ritual Fire Dance' a la The Shads and Tornados Meet Joe Meek Uptown (with a Moog)- perfect in every way and I just wish the run-off went on forever....



                Caroline Hall - 'Dream Boy'/ 'Julie' - a mysterious piece of very late 60's Britgirl pop - cnan't find anything much about it other than it was released in Britain on Major-Minor. Caroline Hall for awhile sang with a band that would morph into glampoppers Hello and released a handful of singles on different labels including a version of Lynsey DePaul's 'Ivory Tower' - the Les Reed co-written A side is a bit of a throwaway, but Ms Hall reveals some rather impressive vocal chops on the flip....tell me more....




                Suzi Quatro - 'Rock Hard' - missing from her 'Greatest Hits', this was Suzi's 1980 effort to get fat Len and the boys back together and reclaim her patch from all those upstart punks and NWOBHMer's who'd invaded her hard rockin' turf while she'd been off recording soppy ballads with the singer out of Smokie...worth buying if only for the excuse of posting the video on here...and somebody get some scissors for that stray lock of hair will you FFS?



                The Archies - Bang-Shang-A-Lang - bing-bing-a-bong, bam-sham-a-lam, ring-ring-a-ding...is it just me, or did anyone else find the Archies a bit...well. you know....two-dimensional?....


                Las Grecas - Yo no quiero pensar - new on me, some Greco-Spanish ladies who, while apparently attractive, have just that slightly scary edge to them, a quality reflected wonderfully in the unexpected glam-rock landscape in which they howl with abandon....but finally this was the biter bit , for the Spanish dealer chose the right picture sleeve, but instead put inside the wrong Las Grecas record, 'Soy la que sufra por tu amore'...ah well, can't win 'em all....this is what I could have had...



                ...stay tuned...
                you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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                • #9
                  City Slang . One of the finest singles ever recorded ....
                  Rockwell
                  Banned (DJ Anchovy)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sie-Fly View Post
                    City Slang . One of the finest singles ever recorded ....
                    Agreed, what a pedigree though. One of Detroits best too. Is the reish 45 or 33?
                    Everyone tear down your own little wall
                    That keeps you from being a part of it all
                    Because you've got to be one with the one and all
                    You've just got to be close to it all

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by treeboy View Post
                      Agreed, what a pedigree though. One of Detroits best too. Is the reish 45 or 33?


                      Hmmm....not sure....
                      you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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                      • #12
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                        Jonna Gault and her symphonopop scene - Watch me. Bought this on the strength of her Wonder why I guess? 45. That is the best track (for me) on the lp.

                        Joe Beck - Natures Boy. On my Utrecht list, but turned up a cheapie from a UK seller. Saves me dragging it back home. Cracking lp, JB plays some mean guitar, some people reference Hendrix in relation, but I don't get that myself.



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                        Pegasus - Fire / Things to come. Think there may have been a find of a few of these as some unplayed copies have shown up online recently. A cheeky offer bagged mine. A right old "banger"



                        Jon - Is it love / So much for Mary. Didn't know this got a US release. Promo only by the looks of things. Could be wrong. 1967 on a plate. Some Luvvers involvement apparently.



                        The Fairytale.........Nothing for a lifetime, then I get 3 in six months!

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                        J.J.Light - Na Ru Ka / Follow me girl. Recognise this copy Sie? Cheers for that. Corking b side. Lashings of fuzz and a hip busting riff ( The Troggs would have been proud ).....cat heading under the sofa at speed is always a good sign


                        The Creation - How does it feel to feel / If I stay too long. Hit-Ton German copy. Now this IS one of the best singles IMO. Never tire of it.

                        The Baron Four - Yes I do / Girl
                        The Baron Four - Walking out / Can't find my way. Picked these two up at The Fiddlers Elbow, Weirdsville bash last Saturday. Probably some kind of warm up for the shenanigans down in Brighton at the weekend. Witnessed this lot blow the competition right out of the water. Incredible live band, go see them, they f*****g rock.
                        Everyone tear down your own little wall
                        That keeps you from being a part of it all
                        Because you've got to be one with the one and all
                        You've just got to be close to it all

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                        • #13
                          Keeping abreast of things this month...



                          Oh, alright then...



                          Niagara - s/t. OG. At the front of the box in the charity shop today. I got the feeling somebody had considered it and put it back. I handed over my £1.

                          These were the only other two in the box that tempted me:



                          Laurie Johnson & His Orchestra - Something's Coming Not a big fan of the big band sound but the there is more to this album that that. A cool 60s vibe to this. Really like iti.

                          The Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble - Modern Brass. A 1979 Argo release not sure I ever knew Argo was still going in the late 70s. Modern classical done by a brass orchestra. Need to set aside some time for a concentrated listen to this. We shall see.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by treeboy View Post
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                            Pegasus - Fire / Things to come. Think there may have been a find of a few of these as some unplayed copies have shown up online recently. A cheeky offer bagged mine. A right old "banger"
                            An absolute winner for me and a premier find! Funk rock at its best.
                            DANCE TO THE RADIO

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                            • #15
                              Niagara for a quid, top find and a nice STS too, bet you were buzzin!
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