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 Johnson – King 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.
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.
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