Monthly Archives: February 2015

TW3 – Week 7

Well we’re quite a way into Week 8 of 2015, so I guess I’d better post my TW3 – Week 7! So what have I been up to on the music front?

First off I’ve got to mention the latest album I’ve purchased, it’s the latest by The Decemberists called What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
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The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t remember when I first got into The Decemberists, but I remember that The Hazards of Love album was the first that I bought. Since then I’ve downloaded all their releases before then and every one since. Up to now my favorite album has been The King Is Dead, which features June Hymn, an absolute gem of a song! But having heard What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World this album could well become my new favorite. For a cracking review of the album from Jordan Blum on Popmatters, click here.

I downloaded another great sampler album, this time from NormalTown RecordsIt’s their  Spring 2015 sampler. It’s a cracking selection and you can read more about it here.

NewWestNormaltown Records - 2015 Spring Sampler

 

 

 

 

 

I acquired yet more vinyl, this time from “Good Ole Stuf'”, who have a stall in an Antiques store in Waynesville, Ohio. I got  Relayer by Yes, Arc of a Diver by Steve Winwood and Even in the Quietest Momentsby Supetramp. More about those when I upload them to my computer.

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A bit of a quiet week, but still plenty of great music! And I’m finishing this post on February 26th, so never mind TW3 Week 7, it’s about time for TW3 Week 8!

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New West/Normaltown Records 2015 Spring Sampler

I downloaded New West/Normaltown Records 2015 Spring Sampler on Wednesday and I have to say it’s excellent. Every single track is well worth a listen. Usually I’ll listen to a sampler album once all the way through and then start skipping tracks, but I’ve played this sampler three times already.

NewWestNormaltown Records - 2015 Spring Sampler

 

 

 

 

 

It opens with a Steve Earle and the Dukes track, Go Go Boots are Back, from his new album, Terraplane. I’ve not listened to any Steve Earle for quite a while, I have a greatest hits CD in my collection, but that’s quite a few years old. If Go Go Boots are Back is typical of his new stuff, I think I may need to listen to the new album, Terraplane. By the way, there’s a great review of Terraplane, by Terry Rowland, on the No Depression website.

The second track on the album is by Nikki Lane. It’s called All or Nothing, from the album of the same name,and I love it! I’ve just been on Nikki Lane’s website and found out that All or Nothing was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Have I ever told you I’ve seen him live? That’s a story for another post…

Miss Catalania 1992 by Buxton is the third track on the album and has got some wicked guitar on it. I’ve never heard of Buxton before this album. The only Buxton I know is a small town in Derbyshire, England, which has a great old theatre, where I’ve seen a few bands. The track is taken from their forthcoming album Half a Native, due out at the start of March.

The next track is Far Away by Lilly HiattCheck this out…

Another favourite on the album is Spinning like a Top by The Devil Makes Three. It’s a very catchy song and I’m sure I’ve heard it before, but I can’t think where or when! And here is Spinning Like a Top

Talking of hearing things before, No Surprise There by Floating Action sounds very similar to early Kings of Leon, no bad thing in my eyes, I hasten to add!

A couple of other tracks to mention before I sign off, firstly Forest Gum by New MadridI’m loving the chorus on this. There’s a review of their new album, Manners, on the Pitchfork website. I’m Sorry Baby (That’s Just the way it Goes) by Ronnie Fauss finishes the album, and in my humble opinion, they’ve saved the best till last! You can find a review of Ronnie Fauss’s latest album Built to Break, on American Songwriter

 

 

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Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record

A New World Record by Electric Light Orchestra was one of the first albums I bought. It was released in September 1976, but I seem to remember buying it with my “birthday money” on my 16th birthday in 1977.

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Throughout that year the Electric Light Orchestra were constantly being played on BBC Radio 1, with three singles being released  off A New World Record. I’ll have to check, but I’m sure I’ve got the Telephone Line single in my collection.

Listening to A New World Record now, I have to say it still sounds great and the album cover still looks pretty awesome, with the now famous ELO logo making it’s first appearance.

One thing I do remember about the album is that the last track on the album, Shangri-la was one of my “go to” tracks if ever something went astray (being turned down!/being dumped!) with my teenage love life! Another thing I remember is the line “faded like the Beatles in Hey Jude“, one of the lyrics from Shangri-la. It’s funny what sticks in the memory…

I’m trying to stick to one song off an album if I add a track to My Imaginary Jukebox, but it’s quite hard with A New World Record. It was released in September 1976, but I seem to remember buying it with my “birthday money” on my 16th birthday in 1977.. Telephone Line, Rockaria! & Livin’ Thing were all great singles, but of those three Livin’ Thing is my favorite.

So Livin’ Thing from A New World Record by Electric Light Orchestra is the next track in My Imaginary Jukebox.

Check this out to remind yourself what a great track it is…

 

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Steve Winwood – Talking Back to the Night

Talking Back to the Night by Steve Winwood is the latest record I’ve uploaded to my computer. I bought the album, last week, at the Black Plastic record store, which has a brilliant collection of old and new vinyl.

Steve Winwood - Talking Back to the Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first heard Talking Back to the Night pretty soon after it was first released in August 1982. A guy I used to knock around with back in the early eighties was a big music fan, and I remember hearing this round at his house and borrowing the album a few days later. I think I taped it on to a cassette (remember them?), but I’ve long since lost it, along with all my other old cassettes.

The most well known track from the album is Valerie, which appeared on many a “soft rock” compilation. In fact I have it on a Soft Rock Anthems CD. My favorite track though is the title track, Talking Back To The Night (Remix Version), which I’m going to add to My Imaginary Jukebox.

Having listened to the album again, I’m glad I bought it (for the grand total of $1.95 plus tax!), and it was good to listen to it again, but I can’t see me playing it on a regular basis.

Here’s the remixed version of Talking Back To The Night (Remix Version)

 

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TW3 Week 6

Well no posts this week, but still plenty going on in my world of music, definitely enough for TW3 Week 6!

I’ll start with my latest acquisitions from Black Plastic, this record store was definitely a good find! Last week I purchased these two classics:

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Fragile by Yes and Talking Back to the Night by Steve Winwood. And the price for these two classic albums, less than $8! Why is there a bottle of Sprout relish in the photo? It’s there because I posted this photo to the Big Big Train Facebook group page, where Brussel Sprouts are a hot topic, and that was my contribution!

I found another neat record label, Signature SoundsOnce again I came across this courtesy of Noisetrade. I downloaded their Music Abounds sampler, which as well as including some of their recent releases, also includes some tracks from their forthcoming 20th Anniversary Collection:Rarities from the Second Decade.

Signature Sounds - 20th Anniversary Collection

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t remember where I came across Twin Peaks, but sometime during this last week, I downloaded their In the Morning(In the Evening) track, and I love it. Here you go, listen to this!

 

Joe Bonamassa is someone I’ve been curious about for a while, and earlier this week I downloaded a free album he’s released. I found out about this on my Facebook feed. There’s loads of great stuff on the album, but my favourite is Slow Train , from his An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House album.

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Meanwhile in the twitterverse, I’ve acquired a few new followers from the music world. Firstly, the Dave Hanson Band has joined my illustrious list of followers. Check this out from the Dave Hanson Band 

 

The Dave Hanson Band are based in Leeds, England, whereas Hailey Whitters, another new follower is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Have a listen to this playlist, trust me it’s well worth a listen!

 

Back to England for another of my new followers, Wily Bo Walker, who is based in London. Mind you listen to this and you’ll think you’re down in New Orleans!

Anyway enough of twitter, the big news in my music world is that I’ve got a ticket to see the mighty Lord Huron, on their Strange Trails tour at, get this, The Ryman Auditorium! I’m going on another pilgrimage to the Mother Church!

So there goes another week in my world of music, TW3 – Week 6

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TW3 – Week 5

And now we’re into February, and it’s time for another look at my week in music, with TW3 – Week 5!

So, what’s been happening on the music front in my life? I’ve found a cool podcast full of music from local bands, got a couple of decent albums from Black Plastic in downtown Cincinnati and found another decent record label, complete with a cracking sampler.

Okay, first of all, the podcast. It’s a weekly podcast from CincyMusic.compresented by “prominent local music veteran”, Venomous Valdez. Standout tracks from the most recent podcast were I Want to Know my Father’s Name by Blue Caboose, Old Lady & the Devil by The Tillers and  Long John Blues by Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle

CincyMusic.com also have a free weekly download, this week’s being Lazarus Capri by Edison, which is well worth a listen

 

 

Staying local in Cincinnati (I love saying that!), for the past few weeks I’ve been meaning to call in at Black Plastic records on Hamilton Avenue, as I drive past it tow or three times a week. Last Friday I finally paid it a visit, albeit for ten minutes, and came out with these two gems, Tormato
by Yes and Octoberon
by Barclay James Harvest, for less than $8! I’ve a funny feeling I may be calling again!

 

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As for that cracking sampler, it came from Muddy Roots.They released a free download in collaboration with Roots Union, entitled Muddy Waters Music.

 

Muddy Roots Music Recordings - Sampler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve listen to the whole album half a dozen times over the past few days and I’ve not skipped a track once which says a lot. If I have to pick a couple of highlights, I would plump firstly for Southern Queen by The Hardin Draw and Autumn Time by the Urban Pioneers.

 

The Hardin Draw: “Southern Queen” from Joshua Ferg on Vimeo.

Meanwhile in the land of Facebook, I came across this wicked cover of Prince’s Purple Rain by one of my favorite bands, The Waterboys. Cop a load of this recorded at the BBC Radio 2 studios

And staying in the UK, or to be more precise England, I got a download from Show of Hands after signing up to their newsletter. I’ve seen Show of Hands a couple of times, once in my home town of Gainsborough and once at Glastonbury Festival, on both occasions they were excellent.  On their website, there’s this quote from The Independent –  Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots duo and something of a “people’s band”. The nearest equivalent I’ve seen since moving to the USA are The Tillers. If you want to enjoy English roots music at it’s best, you need to check this album out.

The download comes with a booklet containing lyrics to all the songs, which all have English roots apart from one, Lonesome Stockade Blues, which is a traditional American song. And get this, where is the Stockade Prison they’re singing about? It’s in Columbus, Georgia, where I lived for eight months (in Columbus, not in the stockade!) prior to moving to Cincinnati! I love stuff like that, call it coincidence, serendipity, whatever, I think it’s neat!

Another of the songs on the album, Train, also appears on their Dark Fields album, which I have in my collection.

 

Show of Hands - Dark Fields

 

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The other album by Show of Hands I have is roots: the best of show.. a live album, which features this gem….

 

 

And there you have it, another TW3 in the world of TonyNewboultMusic

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Sad Cafe – Every Day Hurts

I thought today I’d make a start on copying my vinyl singles on to my computer, and the first one I came across was Every Day Hurts by Sad Cafe.

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I’m not sure where or even when I got this, but it’s one of my all time favorites. Looking at the single, it was released in 1979. It was taken of their third album Facades,which was produced by Eric Stewart of 10cc

I’ve actually seen this song performed live a few times, not by Sad Cafe. but by Mike and the Mechanics. Paul Young, Sad Cafe‘s lead singer, was one of the two vocalists with Mike and the Mechanics, until he died in 2000.

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One of the highlights of the Mike and the Mechanics gigs was when they performed Every Day Hurts with Paul Young on vocals, then Paul Carrack took over to perform the Ace hit, How Long, with Paul Young finishing off the medley with Genesis‘s We Can’t Dance.

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So to finish here’s Paul Young, with Mike and the Mechanics, performing Every Day Hurts. Definitely another song to go in My Imaginary Juke Box

 

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Jon and Vangelis – Short Stories

I read earlier this week that it had been 35 years since Short Stories by Jon and Vangelis had been released. That’s another record in my collection, so I’ve chosen Short Stories as this week’s vinyl album to be transferred to my computer.

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The album was released in 1980, I would have been 18 at the time, and was by then well into Yes, for whom Jon Anderson, was lead singer. I also seem to remember having a Best of Vangelis cassette, which featured a beautiful single called So Long Ago, So Clear. This originally appeared on Vangelis‘s Heaven and Hell album.

I Hear You Now was the big hit single from Short Stories, and it still sounds great, even now. Having listened to the rest of the album, over than the single, nothing stands out now for me. It was nice to hear the album again, but I can’t see me playing it again on a regular basis. However, I will add I Hear You Now to My Imaginary Jukebox.

And here’s a video featuring said song…

 

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