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Spending that gift card…

Being a vinyl lover, one thing I’m guaranteed to get every Christmas is a gift card or voucher for the local record store and this year was no exception, so I had my usual early January dilemma last Saturday, what do I get?

My step-son got me a $50 gift card for Plaid Room Records, my favorite record store in the Cincinnati store, and after a fair amount of deliberation, here’s what I came back with:

Robert JohnsonKing of the Delta Blues Singers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking through my collection, I’ve only got one track by the person Eric Clapton called “the most important blues singer that ever lived”. And that is Terraplane Blues on a 10″ single that New West Records released for Record Store Day in 2015, which had the original Robert Johnson version on one side and a Steve Earle version on the other. So when I saw this collection, I had to have it. I’ve just been reading the sleeve notes and it mentions that a lot of what is known about Robert Johnson came from either Muddy Waters or Will Shade of the Memphis Jug Band, both of whom I bought albums by in 2017.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman released on Daptone Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d meant to get a copy of this on it’s release in November 2017, but forgot all about it in all the Christmas and New Year activities. Again, other than a few Christmas singles and a track on the Oxford American Southern Music CD Issue No.17, featuring Georgia, I had no Sharon Jones in my collection, so this was a must buy too.

Porcupine Tree – On the Sunday of Life…released by Kscope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t usually buy much proggy stuff on vinyl these days, with the notable exception of Big Big Train, so I thought I’d indulge myself with this, the debut album from Porcupine Tree. I’ve got one Porcupine Tree album in my collection, In Absentia, and a couple of Steven Wilson albums, The Raven that Refused to Sing and a Sampler released in 2015. The debut album, although released as Porcupine Tree, is to all intents a Steven Wilson album, consisting of tracks from two previously released cassettes called Tarquins Seaweed Farm and The Nostalgia Factory. I’ve listened to the album a few times now, admittedly in installments, as it’s a double album. It’s a well weird album, spacey and trippy are the first words that spring to mind, with Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Genesis influences readily apparent, to me anyway! The standout track to me is Nine Cats, so I’m adding Nine Cats by Porcupine Tree as today’s addition to Track of the Day playlist

And here’s an acoustic version from their Insignificance compilation

 

 

 

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Kscope, Vol.9

Kscope, Vol.9 has the honor of being my first download of the year and for the grand sum of $4.99 there’s a helluva lot of music, 12 tracks in total. Kscope describe themselves as Post-Progressive Sounds on their website. I’m not a huge fan of the current prog scene, so I don’t tend to find out about any new bands, apart from recommendations through the Big Big Train Facebook group, so the Kscope samplers are a good way of dipping into some of the latest releases.

Having listened to the album a few times now, there are, for me, a couple of stand out tracks.

Firstly Tear Down the Grey Skies by Tangerine Dream. I’ve always liked Tangerine Dream, I have two of their albums in my vinyl collection, Tangram and White Eagle, which I have to admit I haven’t played in a while, but hearing this track has made me want to give them an airing.

The second track to grab my attention was Things People Want by Paul Draper, who is someone I’ve never heard of before. Having checked out the blurb on the Kscope website apparently he used to be the lead singer of Mansun, who I’ve heard of, but can’t recall any of their stuff! This track is taken from his album Spooky Action, which I may be tempted to buy. This could be one of those occasions where I give it a listen on Spotify before making a final decision.

There is a live Pineapple Thief track on the album, Alone at Sea, which I quite liked, but I’m not a fan of hearing isolated extracts from live albums, much preferring to hear the full album, but Pineapple Thief is a band I do want to hear more from, I have got a sampler featuring some of their tracks and some from Bruce Soord, one of the group members.

It was through an earlier Kscope sampler that I came across Bruce Soord’s solo album, which was one of my favorite albums of 2016

Talking of Spotify, I’ve started a new playlist for 2018 Tracks of the Day and I’m kicking it off with Things People Want by Paul Draper

I’ve just been on the Paul Draper website and by signing on too his mailing list I’ve got a download of a track from his first EP, called The Silence is Deafening.

Sorry just got sidetracked there, here’s the link to my 2018 Tracks of the Day playlist

 

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Bruce Soord – Willow Tree

Track of the Day – 01.26.16

Bruce Soord – Willow Tree

My latest track of the day is Willow Tree by Bruce Soord. I first heard it on a sample from Kscope, a UK record label specializing in “post-progressive sounds”. It’s an excellent sampler, with every track being worth listening to. Usually with sampler albums, I tend to have one or two favorites, and then the other tracks I tend to discard and not listen to again, but this one I’m still listening to all tracks.

The stand out track for me though is Willow Tree by Bruce Soord. Until this sampler from Kscope I’d never heard of Bruce Soord. He’s the lead singer with Pineapple Thief, who I’ve heard of, but they’re not a band I’ve listened to.

Bruce Soord - Bruce Soord

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve just downloaded the album from Kscope, and on first listen it sounds brilliant! There’s a neat review of the album on the Proglodytes website, here’s the link

And here’s Willow Tree by Bruce Soord, my Track of the Day

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Free Music Friday

Welcome to my first Free Music Friday post, where I’ll be highlighting the free music I’ve managed to acquire, legitimately I hasten to add, from my various sources. Being a music fan can be quite an expensive business, so any free music is most welcome, especially if it introduces me to some new artists. So enough of my waffle, onto the music.

My first collection came from Kscope, which I came across following a recommendation from a member of the Big Big Train Facebook group to which I belong.

Featuring music from North Atlantic Oscillation, ENGINEERS (Official Page),Se Delan, Nordic Giants, Anathema, Lunatic Soul – official, The Pineapple Thief, Gazpacho Official (the Norwegian band), Iamthemorning, Steven Wilson

Having listened to the album, my favourite track is Cold by Lunatic Soul, but they’re all well worth a listen. Just to illustrate my point about sample albums such as this introducing you to new music, of the ten artists on the album,  Steven Wilson is the only one I have in my music collection. Earlier this year I purchased the excellent The Raven That Refused to Sing. 

Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Steven Wilson track featured on this collection is his version of Abba‘s The Day Before You Came, which is somewhat different to the original, to say the least.

 

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