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  • amidar
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    Nice read thanks Agnes, I have the joys of 'Jakes Progress' on the way and 'Bantam Cock' too. Your'e right there is something a lot deeper as you peel away the layers of mirth. I like the wonderful what I can only described as a kind of non-plussed but happy melancholy.

    Northern or not he's a bit marmite but I would wager there's something anyone over 25 can relate to on his first album.

    Originally posted by Agnes_Guano View Post
    He was a revelation to me when I first heard him via a friend lending me a CD. My thoughts on Jake from a while ago are on my blog:
    https://downstairslounge.wordpress.c...jake-thackray/
    Last edited by amidar; 20-02-2016, 10:20 AM. Reason: Thanks :)

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  • Agnes_Guano
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    He was a revelation to me when I first heard him via a friend lending me a CD. My thoughts on Jake from a while ago are on my blog:
    https://downstairslounge.wordpress.c...jake-thackray/

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  • giantchicken
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    Originally posted by amidar View Post
    "Yeah I remember him, always on 'Yorkshire TV, rubbish!"
    ...yup, that's precisely what I was talking about!....

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  • amidar
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    Always seen the albums around especially the first but somehow always dismissed them as something completely different. I have vague recollections of him on TV the more I've youtubed turning 40 certainly helps, despite him being 29 when he recorded his first.

    My 70 odd year old fellow Leeds born dad's reaction to my new found love "Yeah I remember him, always on 'Yorkshire TV, rubbish!" haha.

    Originally posted by giantchicken View Post
    A pleasure. Amidar - I'm only surprised that a fellow of your calibre hadn't encountered him earlier. I personally find having a sense of 'Yorkshireness' (and being of a certain age) are distinct advantages in appreciating the finer nuances of JT's work, but they're certainly not essentials - enjoy!

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  • giantchicken
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    Originally posted by amidar View Post
    I bought a first press of this today as I remembered it from this thread, completely unique like an early 'John Cooper Clarke' crossed with 'Ivor Cutlor' and myriad of artists and singers from all over Europe, he must have been a wonderful teacher.

    Hailing from the same neck of the woods it seemed to connect straightaway, wonderful wordplay that had me laughing out loud at points. I would never have bought this or anything by him otherwise the cover belays the content within. Cheers GC, Jake truly made my day.
    A pleasure. Amidar - I'm only surprised that a fellow of your calibre hadn't encountered him earlier. I personally find having a sense of 'Yorkshireness' (and being of a certain age) are distinct advantages in appreciating the finer nuances of JT's work, but they're certainly not essentials - enjoy!

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  • amidar
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    I bought a first press of this today as I remembered it from this thread, completely unique like an early 'John Cooper Clarke' crossed with 'Ivor Cutlor' and myriad of artists and singers from all over Europe, he must have been a wonderful teacher.

    Hailing from the same neck of the woods it seemed to connect straightaway, wonderful wordplay that had me laughing out loud at points. I would never have bought this or anything by him otherwise the cover belays the content within. Cheers GC, Jake truly made my day.

    Originally posted by giantchicken View Post
    60 million euros.....sounds impressive doesn't it......until you realise that at current exchange rates*, that translates into £27.68 GBP....probably just about enough to buy Ben's Lemon Drizzle Cake pictured above...tempting....


    Jake Thackray - 'The Last Will and Testament Of...' - Yippee, the vinyl gods answered my prayers for another Jake Thackray and here's a very nice copy of his first album. When I was a kid I always figured Jake as a little weird, I mean he was too old to be a pop star but then his songs seemed to make too much sense for an old person. He was twenty-nine when he recorded this so I now hear him as a young man and realise what a complete one-off he was, and how much he was influenced by French songwriters, chiefly Brassens - some superb stuff on here, including his 'Brit Bossa' entry 'Scallywag' (see that thread) and little gems like 'The Cactus'...



    And finally.....

    'The Warriors' (OST)
    Microdisney - 'The Clock Comes Down The Stairs'


    Two from 'Vinyl Planet' that didn't meet my stringent 'crackle emissions' control and so will have to be returned....hey!...I'm not working today!...let's go to MACCLESFIELD!!!....

    Don't fret - there's still plenty of catching up to do....

    *I'm not much good with money - this figure is from my accountants at Leech Brothers, who've done a great job of keeping me just clear of the poverty line for over 40 years now...

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  • amidar
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    Bah, just finished recording it on the off chance it hadn't made an Xmas swap but database say yes.

    Originally posted by bongolia View Post

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  • Grim Lounge Cowboy
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    Galapagos Duck – “The Removalists”. Ex+/Ex+.

    I picked this up a couple of days ago.

    I move records on often enough, and generally with no qualms. I did have seller’s regret regarding this Duck. But it wasn’t that strong. Seeing “Katy did” on Youtube wouldn’t have swung it if I hadn’t also seen a clean copy shortly afterwards. The clincher was that it was a trade for a couple of VV staples not readily found here and a couple of other bits and pieces (which I have already forgotten).

    I am surprised to see that "Katy did" hasn’t featured in a swap before. Too obvious, perhaps? I won’t call dibs on it, but it is a contender.

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  • Grim Lounge Cowboy
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    The Linha's appear on site in (from memory) the classical thread.

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  • Grim Lounge Cowboy
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    It was a nice moment.

    Paul is always good to talk to.

    I emerged with a couple of other things that I will probably mention in due course.

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  • Expiry2011
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    Originally posted by Funktionnaire View Post
    The Linha Singers – Voices in Rhythm. Ex+/Ex+. $?

    There I was in the Oxfam shop in Reading, looking at an Elgar LP.

    Also there was some young dude. He was in the rap area. His young female companion was waiting, apparently patient.

    Paul H put this on. After a little while I told Paul that whatever it was, it wasn’t remotely what I had hoped to hear. And that it was surprisingly good. A little bit longer and I told him it was really good. The young woman clearly thought the same thing; we smiled at each other. I called out “Sold!”.

    The sleeve tells me that this is akin to the Swingles. Except that it is Czech. Also, that the Swingles improvise, whereas these guys stick to the script. The script being rococo music by 15 Czech composers from (roughly) 1700 – 1830. No ‘overfamiliarity’ issue for me here; I have no recollection of hearing any of it before.

    The singers ba-buh-dab. The jazz backing (The Karel Velebny Jazz Group) adds unobtrusive swing. It all sounds completely effortless. Ideal for a sophisticated soiree with friends in the city pad. Maybe leaven it with some of the Swingle I acquired yesterday and this morning.

    Now all I need is a pad in the city.

    And some friends.
    Great story!
    I don't know this record by Karel Velebny is a bit of a Czech jazz legend

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  • Grim Lounge Cowboy
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    Interesting to see the Elgar on Popsike. I must raise my 'classical game'.

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  • Grim Lounge Cowboy
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    The Linha Singers – Voices in Rhythm. Ex+/Ex+. $?

    There I was in the Oxfam shop in Reading, looking at an Elgar LP.

    Also there was some young dude. He was in the rap area. His young female companion was waiting, apparently patient.

    Paul H put this on. After a little while I told Paul that whatever it was, it wasn’t remotely what I had hoped to hear. And that it was surprisingly good. A little bit longer and I told him it was really good. The young woman clearly thought the same thing; we smiled at each other. I called out “Sold!”.

    The sleeve tells me that this is akin to the Swingles. Except that it is Czech. Also, that the Swingles improvise, whereas these guys stick to the script. The script being rococo music by 15 Czech composers from (roughly) 1700 – 1830. No ‘overfamiliarity’ issue for me here; I have no recollection of hearing any of it before.

    The singers ba-buh-dab. The jazz backing (The Karel Velebny Jazz Group) adds unobtrusive swing. It all sounds completely effortless. Ideal for a sophisticated soiree with friends in the city pad. Maybe leaven it with some of the Swingle I acquired yesterday and this morning.

    Now all I need is a pad in the city.

    And some friends.
    Last edited by Grim Lounge Cowboy; 04-10-2015, 08:58 AM. Reason: Ooops.

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  • Grim Lounge Cowboy
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    The Sven Libaek Concert Orchestra - "Sven Libaek Conducts his 38 Piece Orchestra" $0.50. Ex+/ VG (one inch tear on front sleeve). Yesterday from the dollar bin.

    Some time after "Solar Flares" Sven encountered Cyclops. Cyclops was in thrall to the Phoenix force and broke Sven's powers, taking them for himself. The results are there for all to hear in this album. PM me if you are curious. Otherwise I might use my powers to turn it into an amusing ashtray.

    TV Themes Orchestra - "This Day Tonight". $3.00. Ex+/ Ex (the sleeve belongs to R.Liebich). From the record fair this morning.

    Sven moving towards the height of his powers. Find it on Discogs and listen to "Woobinda" - not dissimilar to his "Nature Walkabout" work.
    Last edited by Grim Lounge Cowboy; 04-10-2015, 07:50 AM. Reason: Pickiness

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  • Agnes_Guano
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    I admire your Butthole.

    In as much as I really like their music, and I just wanted to be able to post that.

    Anyway...

    Thanks to the munificent Benicio Del Toffo's for this pair of beauties:

    The Mod Moppets ‎– Kiddie Au Go-Go - Nursery Rhymes With The Teenage Dance Beat Of Today!:



    Cy Payne & His Orchestra - Children's TV Themes:



    I'm a sucker for a bit of brass - Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass - Early Alpert:



    Back to the obscure British comedy, Tony Fayne - Strikes Again:



    A series of albums he made with Clive James, most of which were in an Oxfam and sadly beyond my price range, Pete Atkin - Secret Drinker:



    Metal Mickey - Sillycon Chip complete with lyrics. Please feel free to sing along with this update.



    A timely charity shop find while England still had some sort of hope in the World Cup, The Jock Strapp Ensemble - Rugby Songs - Volume Three:



    One of my occasional imports from down under, Jasper Carrott - Made In Australia:



    Ulster favourite and another great bus cover, James Young - Young And Foolish:



    I was inspired to track this down by a previous post. I still have no idea who she is/was and where the hell her career went, Jaime Adams - Introducing:



    I popped out for a pint of milk and came back from my local charity shop with this, Huckleberry Hound - The Great Family TV Show:



    David Copperfield appears to have had a career as a French chanteur before his carrer as a dodgy British comedian, no idea why as yet, David Copperfield - Summer Days:



    Dame Edna Everage - Disco Matilda, complete with instructions for dance fanatics:



    Gloucestershire scrumpy inspired phone nonsense, Mart Connors and The Carrot Crunchers - On The 'Phone:



    A Cribbins picture sleeve that I didn't have and one of the great murder ballads of our time, Bernard Cribbins - The Hole in The Ground:

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