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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #23/28 No Soul/No Control - Suzi Quatro

No Soul/No Control - Suzi Quatro
Taken from the album
'No Control'
Steamhammer
Released 29th March 2019



'No Control' is Suzi's first album of new songs since In The Spotlight back in 2011.

It may have been a long long time since Suzi Quatro had even a minor Chart hit (that would have been 'Heart of Stone' in 1982!) but that hasn't dented her ambition to continue playing live and releasing new music since then (she said back in 1983 she did not care about being in the charts, but was more interested releasing what she wanted to). 

At age 68 (she'll be 69 in June this year) she continues to be that almost eternal Rock Chick (she might cuff me around the ear for that! ๐Ÿ˜) having been active musically since 1964!


Listen To:


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Friday, 22 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #22/28 Wasn't Born To Follow - The Monkees

Wasn't Born To Follow - The Monkees
Peter Tork on Vocals
From the album:

Rhino Records
Released 27th May 2016
US Chart #14
UK Chart #29



Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin
Originally produced by The Monkees
Originally started during the sessions for 'The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees' but previously unfinished or unreleased.
Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, March 9, 1968, and Lucy's Meat Market, Los Angeles, February 2016

Yesterday the news came through of the death of Peter Tork (77years old) of The Monkees, so it seemed fitting that today's Tidy Tune should be something from that band with Peter's vocal ringing out.

Tork may have played a bit of a dimwit on The Monkees TV show but he was actually a very intelligent fellow, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Peter Tork
Live at Wolfgang's Vault
22nd April 2011


Reissue of the 1976 Greatest Hits album originally released on Arista Records (which was has also been reissued in 1980, 1982, and 1986). 
Strangely enough, the track listing for this album is exactly the same as Re-Focus - The Monkees that was released by Bell Records in 1972 and Bell Records eventually became a part of the Arista Records stable in 1974.


Rhino Records
Released 8th January 2019

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #21/28 None 'Ya - Hayes Carll

None 'Ya - Hayes Carll
from the album
What It Is
Produced by Brad Jones and Allison Moorer
Dualtone
Released 15th February 2019

 
Texas born Country/Folk singer Hayes Carll returned last week with the release of his sixth studio album, 'What It Is'. The album is produced by Brad Jones and Allison Moorer (who also co-wrote six of the twelve songs and is currently engaged to Carll).

The song 'Jesus and Elvis' was written by Carll and Moorer and was recorded by Kenny Chesney in 2016 for his 'Cosmic Hallelujah' album.

In the past Hayes has been nominated in 2016 for the Best Country Song Grammy for his song 'Chances Are' that was recorded by Lee Ann Womack. He won an armful of awards at The Austin Music Awards 2016-2017 including Musician of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Best Male Vocals, and Best Folk Performer. and at the Americana Music Awards in 2010 he won Emerging Artist of the Year.

I saw him in Glasgow supporting Buddy Miller, and can hardly believe that was fourteen years ago! He was pretty good even then promoting what was only his second album 'Little Rock'.


 Bonus Tracks/Show
Jesus and Elvis
from the album
What It Is


Hayes Carll set
30A Songwriters Festival
January 2019

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #20/28 Because The Night/Shine Silently (Live) - Nils Lofgren

Because The Night/Shine Silently (Live) - Nils Lofgren
The Barbican Hall, London 28/05/18


I was listening to a new album called 'Live in America' by Nils Lofgren yesterday and was struck afresh by what a tremendous artist he is in his own right and an excellent songwriter and guitarist to boot. 

So I thought I would follow on from Springsteen yesterday with a couple tunes by the man himself today (by the way check out his Tribute to Clarence Clemons called 'Miss You C')

The videos above and below are taken from shows in 2018 by Lofgren and firstly up is a cover of Springsteen's Because The Night followed by probably my favourite Nils song Shine Silently (which featured on the 1979 album Nils).

As a bonus there's also a solo version of the 1977 title track from the album I Came To Dance.

I Came To Dance (live) - Nils Lofgren
City Winery New York
30/09/18

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #19/28 Brilliant Disguise - Bruce Springsteen


Today's choice needs not many words except to say it's Springsteen performing one of his classic songs from the Tunnel of Love album for VH1 Storytellers that came out in 2005. You can pretty much find the whole show on YouTube now as it has been loaded up to Springsteen's YouTube Page.

Brilliant Disguise (Live VH1 Storytellers) - Bruce Springsteen

Monday, 18 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #18/28 Sermon - Mercury Rev feat. Margo Price

Sermon - Mercury Rev feat. Margo Price
from the album 
'Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited'
Bella Union/Partisan Records
Released 8th February 2019




Listen To The Album Click Here.
Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited 
Tracklist:
01. Okolona River Bottom Band (feat. Norah Jones)
02. Big Boss Man (feat. Hope Sandoval)
03. Reunion (feat. Rachel Goswell)
04. Parchman Farm (feat. Carice van Houten)
05. Mornin’ Glory (feat. Laetitia Sadier)
06. Sermon (feat. Margo Price)
07. Tobacco Road (feat. Susanne Sundfรธr)
08. Penduli Pendulum (feat. Vashti Bunyan w/ Kaela Sinclair)
09. Jessye’ Lisabeth (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
10. Refractions (feat. Marissa Nadler)
11. Courtyard (feat. Beth Orton)
12. Ode To Billie Joe (feat. Lucinda Williams)

 
Louisianna Man is the only track from the Bobbie Gentry album that Mercury Rev did not include on the album, in it's place they included the Ode To Billie Joe. I'm not sure the reason behind that decision.

There are some more links below to check out to enjoy even more music.

The Delta Sweete - Bobby Gentry
Capitol Records
Produced by Kelly Gordon
Released 5th February 1968

US Chart #132

A1 Okolona River Bottom Band 2:57
A2 Big Boss Man 2:56
A3 Reunion 2:35
A4 Parchman Farm 3:00
A5 Mornin' Glory 2:57
A6 Sermon 2:41
B1 Tobacco Road 2:50
B2 Penduli Pendulum 2:55
B3 Jessye' Lisabeth 3:00
B4 Refractions 2:20
B5 Louisiana Man 2:35
B6 Courtyard 2:58
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In a press release, Margo Price said of Bobby Gentry's craft and career:
"Bobbie Gentry is one of the greatest writers and performers of our time. She was the definition of country funk and southern soul. Her songs were well crafted, literary masterpieces. Bobbie produced so much of her own work that she didn’t get credit for. Her influence on my music has been massive and her influence on the music world in general is earth shattering. Bobbie is iconic, original, eloquent and timeless. She is an elusive wonder in a world of plain spoken, worn out cliques. She has remained a strong voice and an eternal spirit of the delta, wrapped in mystery, yet forever here."

Remaking a classic album is something that doesn't always appeal to me but down through the years there has been a couple that grabbed my attention: Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones covering The Everly Brothers 1958 album 'Songs Our Daddy Taught Us' back in 2014 with the title 'Foreverly', was pretty interesting. Camper Van Beethoven's take on Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk' was another I found quite delightful. Also the Various Artist take on Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the U.S.A.' entitled 'Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born in the U.S.A.' was pretty cool as well. I'm sure there must be some others out there worth listening to.

Anyway, Indie Rock band Mercury Rev have returned with their first album since 'The Light In You' (2015) and it's a remake (bar the one track that I mentioned above) of Bobbie Gentry's 1968 album The Delta Sweete. Each track features a different female vocalist  and I have to say I was more than impressed with it. Hope you enjoy listening to it today and hopefully you'll take some time to listen to the original as well which is also posted above.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #17/28 Tomorrow's Just Another Day - Madness

Tomorrow's Just Another Day - Madness
Stiff Records
Released February 1983
UK Chart #8




Tomorrow's Just Another Day - Madness with Elvis Costello on Vocals
B-Side of the 12" Single

'Tomorrow's Just Another Day' was the second single to be released from what many say is the band's best album, 'The Rise and Fall', that was issued in October 1982. It was written by Cathal Smyth (Chas Smash) and was actually the only single of theirs to be released as a Double A-Side, the Chris Foreman song 'Madness (Is All in the Mind)' was the flip side.

Madness always had that uncanny ability to take a bit of a dark subject lyrically and add a little sweetness to it musically to kind of soften the blow of what was being sung and sometimes it's actually a good thing that a song can make you sit and think about your own circumstances.

I'm not totally certain what the situation Cathal was writing about but John Reed in the excellent book 'House of Fun - The Story of Madness' (Omnibus Press) speaks of it as a "contemplative ode of personal regret" (p216), and in the same book the only light Smyth shines upon it was to say, "It represented how I felt, some friendships I was in...How your actions were misinterpreted" (also p216).

It almost comes across as if he is trying to make an effort at fixing a relationship but seems to be getting nowhere ("Trying hard, I thought I'd done my best/All my life, I can't get no rest") and whoever it is that he's talking about seems to have given up on him ("Some who've closed the door before/Say I can't carry on no more").

All of this struggle can often bring confusion and depression and you can well understand the response:
"Listened long, tried to take it in
All these facts leave me in the swim
It's down and down there is no up
 I think that I've run out of luck".
and:
 "I need a moment to reflect
 On the friendships I have wrecked".

"I hear them say
And it gets better every day
I hear them say
Tomorrow's just another day"
.

But the issue is that it doesn't get "better every day" because clearly he is trying to mend fences ("don't I always try?") and yet the very people who seem to have written him off are the ones not making an effort to allow those fences to be mended.

I know for myself that (especially when I was heavy drinker) I alienated friends and wrecked a few friendships along the way. A few of those relationships were restored but others did not survive.

I don't know if I'm reading too much into the song with that but I'll put it out there for your consideration.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #16/28 When Will I Begin - Tedeschi Trucks Band

When Will I Begin - Tedeschi Trucks Band
From the album
'Signs'
Fantasy Records
Released 15th February 2019



Florida based Tedeschi Trucks Band are a husband and wife led band (Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi) who have played together for a number of years and have released material under their own names.

Their latest album, 'Signs' came out just yesterday and this track chosen today is one that immediately jumped out to me as we a wee gem. They are more often known for their Blues rock style so this particular song is a little bit of a departure. Whatever the case, I really like it, hope you do.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #15/28 Waterfront - Simple Minds

Waterfront - Simple Minds
Virgin
Produced by Steve Lillywhite
Released November 1983
UK Chart #13



 

Waterfront (Live)
The SSE Hydro Glasgow
27th November 2013


Sparkle In The Rain - Simple Minds
Virgin
Produced by Steve Lillywhite
Released 6th February 1984
UK Chart #1
Remained on the Chart for 57 Weeks!


Listen To The Album Here.




Simple Minds? I know some people who are diehard fans and others who like them up to a certain period (normally the New Gold Dream era) and some who just seem to have a real aversion to them altogether. You hear the usual quips of "weren't they just trying to rip off U2!" (funny one that because a lot of people said them same thing about The Alarm!) or "oh, they're Scottish!" (like it's some kind of disease and surely no one from North of the Border can actually create good music!).

I had first stumbled on them in 1979 with the release of their debut single, Life In A Day. A friend of my Dad worked at a Record Plant that pressed for the label Arista Records (and Zoom at that time had recently entered into partnership with them) and he used to bring a box of records at the end of the week (probably gained by questionable means!) and allow me and some others to take what we wanted and one week there was a 7" single in a Black Picture sleeve with red writing declaring:
LIFE IN A DAY 
SIMPLE MINDS
I took it not really knowing anything about who they were apart from they were probably Scottish as most of the other bands on Zoom hailed from North of the Border and I absolutely loved it (I did discover not long afterwards that a couple of members had been in Johnny and the Self Abusers who had released one single for Chiswick Records in November 1977 - Saints and Sinners).

Now, while I really liked the Debut album 'Life In A Day' I wasn't totally captivated by everything that followed. I enjoyed the singles, but the albums didn't grab me by the short and curlies! It probably wasn't until New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) that I really begun to enjoy their albums.

Now, if Jim Kerr happens to read this (and he does tend to read most of the posts on the Simple Minds Facebook page on which I am looking to post this), I hope he is not overly disappointed in me for what I've just said. The strange thing is, years on from the release of Real To Real Cacophony through to Sister Feelings Call I now find myself actually appreciating those albums much more than I did back then. With age comes wisdom! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am all distracted. Let's get back on Topic. Waterfront. It was the single that paved the way for their first #1 album in Sparkle In The Rain. I won't go into details about the album as I know you all have a life to get on with and my ramblings are just going to delay you getting anything done! The album just recently passed it's 35th Anniversary (so it's a good excuse to dig it out again and play it!).

Where was I? Oh yes, Waterfront! I really love this single but I do have to say to really enjoy its sheer brilliance it is way better to experience it played live in concert. That throbbing bassline is often extended when played live and then the song just explodes into life as the keyboards, guitar and drums kick in...in a word it's...Mesmerising! 

The other thing about it is that it doesn't matter what body of water I am ever close to, the Thames in London, The Clyde in Glasgow or even down on the Ayrshire Coast, that bassline has a habit of resurfacing in my mind and reminding me afresh of what a cracking single this was and still is.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Tidy Tune 2019 #14/28 Gave You Everything - The Interrupters

Gave You Everything - The Interrupters
from the album
Fight the Good Fight
Video released 13th February 2019

Check out the previous post S4L did on the Fight the Good Fight Album.


Newly released video from one of the most exciting bands I've heard for a few years. Totally loved the Fight the Good Fight album from last year.




Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #13/28 California Dreamin' - The Mamas and The Papas

California Dreamin' - The Mamas and The Papas
RCA Victor (UK) Dunhill (US)
Released 8th December 1965
US Chart #4*
UK Chart #23

*Didn't make the charts until January and spent 17 weeks on the charts in the US.


California Dreamin' was the second single release by The Mamas and Papas. Their first, 'Go Where You Wanna Go' flopped and was discontinued pretty sharply. The B-side, 'Somebody Groovy', was also the flipside to the second single.

The song was first recorded by Barry McGuire for his 'This Precious Time' album in 1965. His version has The Mamas and The Papas on backing vocals. Funnily enough when The Mamas and The Papas came to record it they used the same backing track that McGuire's version had but they wiped his vocal from the track (though if you listen very carefully at the start of the song you can faintly hear McGuire's voice on the opening vocal of "All the leaves").

The single had a new lease of life in the UK in 1997 when it was used in a commercial and peaked at #9 on the charts.

This month sees the 53rd anniversary of the release of their debut album, 'If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears', and I've added a link below so you can have a listen.

I included a picture of the original cover of the album because it's actually funny to think that this was actually deemed indecent because of the presence of the toilet! So the cover was changed and there's about four other different covers altogether, one of which shows the same picture but cropped so much that you would never know they were actually in  a bathroom at all! 

Now, although I would have been only two years old (a few months from my third birthday) when the debut album was released and I can't say that I have memories from that age hearing it, the songs that are on the album are totally familiar to me because they were ones that I heard as I got older and could actually process what I was hearing better.

When you look at and listen to this debut album now it almost has the feel of a Best of Compilation because pretty much every song on it is considered to be a Classic Song by The Mamas and The Papas. The album also contains their one and only US #1 single 'Monday, Monday'.

If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears - The Mamas and The Papas
Dunhill
Produced by Lou Adler
Released February 1966
US Chart #1
UK Chart #3

Listen to the album here.

The Mamas and The Papas
Live at Monterey Pop Festival 1967

Set:
 Straight Shooter / Somebody Groovy / I Call Your Name / Monday Monday / San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair / Dancing In The Streets

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #12/28 Crucial Moments - The Bouncing Souls

Crucial Moments - The Bouncing Souls
Rise Records
from the
'Crucial Moments' EP
Due for release 15th March 2019



Crucial Moments
The Bouncing Souls
We came together to honor an old friend
Let's talk about music
Good times and those moments in between

It felt like they didn't matter
They'd go on forever
Played on repeat
We shared a heartbeat
Let's have one more

One more crucial moment
One more crucial moment

We came together to honor a dear friend
Your presence was bigger
Than anything I've ever seen

It felt like it didn't matter
We'd go on forever
Played on repeat
We shared a heartbeat
Let's have one more
One more

One more crucial moment
One more crucial moment
One more round, one more sound
Spin it round
One more crucial moment

These chords stick with me
This ink etched on me
These crucial moments
Played on repeat on and on
This beat it will be
Forever giving me
These crucial moments
Played on repeat on and on
On and on

One more crucial moment
One more crucial moment
One more round, one more sound
Spin it round, never coming down
One more crucial moment


It would be easy for The Bouncing Souls to rest on their laurels when celebrating their 30th anniversary. After all, over those past three decades, the New Jersey punks have released ten full-length albums, toured all around the globe, and become one of the most respected bands of their scene. It would have been easy to sling together a selection of their best known work, write a new song or two, and hit the road for a nostalgia tour. But that’s not who The Bouncing Souls are and it’s not who they’ve ever been. Instead the four-piece—vocalist Greg Attonito, guitarist Pete Steinkopf and bassist Bryan Kienlen, who started the band in 1989, and were joined by drummer George Rebelo in 2013—decided to share Crucial Moments with the world. The new six-song EP captures who the band are now, and its accompanying book looks back on who they were and where they came from. 

They will also be out on the road touring North America and Europe to celebrate. The UK dates are:

22nd October The Fleece Bristol
24th October St Lukes Glasgow
25th October Gorilla Manchester
26th October Electric Ballroom London


The S4L Top 5
The Bouncing Souls



Monday, 11 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #11/28 Soul Satisfaction - Ian Brown

Soul Satisfaction - Ian Brown
From the album
Ripples
Virgin EMI
Released 1st February 2019


I am not usually a big fan of Ian Brown's music (I was not a huge fan either of the Stone Roses...I know!...Bite Me! ๐Ÿ˜Ž) but I heard a few tracks in the lead up to the release of 'Ripples', his seventh studio album and his first for ten years, and was actually quite impressed. 

There's a number of strong songs on the album but 'Soul Satisfaction' is my favourite, hence the choice for today's Tidy Tune.

Other Videos related to the album

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #10/28 Give Stupidity A Chance - Pet Shop Boys

Give Stupidity A Chance - Pet Shop Boys
from the EP 'Agenda'
x2 Recordings

Digital Release 8th February 2019
To be Released on CD with the book 'Annually' and 12" Vinyl 12th April 2019


It's only every once in awhile that I dip in and see what the Pet Shop Boys are up to. There are a few songs over the years that have caught my attention but I have to admit to not being a huge fan who buys everything (mainly just the compilations). So I was quite taken with their latest release, an EP called 'Agenda' and especially the opening track 'Give Stupidity A Chance'.

Pet Shop Boys have that uncanny ability to take a very serious issue and actually make a statement in a very pop style without being over the top about it. Lyrically, 'Give Stupidity A Chance', is a fantastic insight into the world as we know it today with the wrong people in power making the dumbest decisions for the many. 

I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with it and that's why it's today's Tidy Tune.

The Remaining Tracks on the 'Agenda' EP:

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #9/28 Slippery People - Mavis Staples

Slippery People - Mavis Staples
from the album
'Live In London'
ANTI-Records
Released 8th February 2019




Recorded over two nights at the Union Chapel, London back in July 2018, Mavis Staples treats us to a wonderful cover of the Talking Heads classic 'Slippery People'. She's been performing it for quite a few years now and it never fails to delight.

The new 'Live In London' album is her first live album for a decade and predominately spotlights the music she has been releasing the past few years alongside Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Mavis Staples is aged 79 (she'll hit the #80 in July) and she continues to play live shows and record new music. Ain't no stopping this lady! 

The Weight - Mavis Staples with Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Hootenanny  2017



Friday, 8 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #8/28 Something That I Said - Ruts

Something That I Said - Ruts
Virgin Records
Released 31st August 1979


In a few days time Ruts DC are to begin their UK Tour to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the release of the Ruts debut album The Crack. They will be playing the album in sequence and probably a bunch of great classic Ruts tunes as well as Ruts DC songs.

Seeing as that's about to happen I thought I would post 'Something That I Said' as today's Tidy Tune.  Also below is a link to listen afresh to the debut album 'The Crack', as well as the Ruts with Henry Rollins performing two classic tunes live and Ruts DC performing the Ruts debut single 'In A Rut' acoustically.

Enjoy.


Henry Rollins talks about 'The Crack'.

Babylon's Burning/Society - The Ruts with Henry Rollins
16th July 2007



In A Rut (Acoustic Live) - Ruts DC
11th January 2019

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #7/28 I Couldn't Be You - U.K. Subs

I Couldn't Be You - U.K. Subs
From the album
Another Kind of Blues
GEM
Released 14th September 1979




There are so many Singles and Albums that fall under the banner of 'My Soundtrack4Life' and they each have a different tale to tell.


Almost a year before the debut album from the U.K. Subs was released in 1979 (another that will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year) they issued their debut single/ep C.I.D. on City Records
I think I first heard them on the Farewell To The Roxy album that had been released in April 1978 and contained two songs with a total time of two minutes and twelve seconds (I Live In A Car and Telephone Numbers) and then came their debut session for John Peel.

Debut John Peel Session
Recorded 23rd May 1978
Broadcast 31st May 1978
1. I Couldn't Be You 
2. Tomorrow's Girls 
3. Disease
4. C.I.D.
5. Stranglehold 

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It must have been within a month or so after hearing the Peel Session that I went to see them for the first time in concert, the first of many shows over the years!
On 'I Couldn't Be You' Charlie Harper brings to bear some of those R&B chops from his days fronting his first band back in 1964! It always seemed odd hearing a harmonica on a Punk Rock song but the song is actually a cover version by a British Rock and Roll singer John B. Presley. I've tried hunting for a version by him but to no avail at present. The song in a way seems a little bit out of place on the album but I think it is still one of the standout songs by the band.

I pulled the album out a few days ago having not played it for sometime and a host of memories came flooding back of running around with the Forest Hill Punks, bouncing around London and just outside going to U.K. Subs shows and other bands with my mates. 
The lyrics always made me laugh (I can't ever recall wanting to wear a "cowboy hat"!) and yet they seem so relevant to things today when people are forced to work way beyond pensionable age with great uncertainty about actually getting a works pension let alone the measley sum paid out for the State Pension! The other thing of course is that Charlie rejected that 9 to 5 to do something he loved and even though he is now beyond pensionable age he is still doing what he loves whether it be solo or with the band that has given him a lifeline since the 70s.

"They said that you’re a big boy now, it’s time to set you free in the world
Don’t forget that steady job, and don’t forget that steady girl
They said you start at nine o’clock and then we let you out at five
And if you act very smart you get a pension when you’re 65

I said I couldn’t be you if you wanted me to
And you couldn’t be me if I begged you to be"




Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #6/28 Protection - Graham Parker and The Rumour

Protection - Graham Parker and The Rumour
Vertigo (UK)/Arista (USA)
Released February 1979



There are so many great singles and albums that hit the 40 Years Old mark this year and one of my many favourites from back when I was a little 16 year old lad is this one from Graham Parker and The Rumour.

Graham Parker was always one of those guys you thought had the promise of being a huge star but for one reason or another his record sales never translated into massive sellers. That's not because his music was bad, that's so far from the truth as to be a totally ridiculous accusation, but for reasons unknown he wasn't taken to heart by the masses. I have put a load of links down below so give the man a shot if you've never really listened to him before.

The Protection single never even charted in the UK which I found quite surprising. The album from which it sprung from, 'Squeezing Out Sparks' didn't manage to break into the Top 20 UK Album Chart, stalling at #22! He only ever had three chart placings with his singles: Hold Back The Night ( #24 The Pink Parker EP 1977), Hey Lord, Don't Ask Me Questions (#32 1978) and Temporary Beauty (#50 1982). As for his albums, his first two in 1976 Howlin' Wind and Heat Treatment never charted in the UK; Stick To Me (#35 in 1977); The Parkerilla (#14 in 1978); The Up Escalator (#36 in 1980); Another Grey Area (#98 in 1982); The Real Macaw (#57 in 1983); and the last album to chart (#81) was in 1988 with The Mona Lisa's Sister. Since then he has released a further 14 studio albums and numerous live albums which have not got anywhere near to the charts in the UK!

A Wee Bonus:
To celebrate the up and coming 
40th Anniversary 
of  
Squeezing Out Sparks
 you can listen to the whole album below.
Squeezing Out Sparks - Graham Parker and The Rumour
Vertigo
Produced by Jack Nitzsche
Released March 1979
UK Chart #22
US Chart #40


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Tidy Tunes 2019 #5/28 Deeside (Demo) - The Alarm

Deeside (Demo) - The Alarm
From the 'Strength 1985-86 (Remastered)' album 
due for release 15th March 2019



Last year The Alarm reissued their debut album 'Declaration' in a remastered format both on Vinyl, CD and Download  and in March they will be doing likewise with their second album 'Strength'. This news was announced just a couple of days ago at The Gathering in Llandudno.

You can Pre-order the album from The Alarm Website at the moment.

There will be different track listing on the CD and Vinyl versions.

The CD features the US released version and comes as a Double CD with the second disc featuring some songs that appeared on the Alt-Strength album that was floating around a good few years ago.

STRENGTH 1985-1986 CD ONE - Original US album, Singles and B-sides Remastered.

KNIFE EDGE [Album Master]
STRENGTH  [Album Master]
DAWN CHORUS  [Album Master]
SPIRIT OF '76  [Album Master]
DEESIDE  [Album Master]
FATHER TO SON  [Album Master]
ONLY THE THUNDER  [Album Master]
THE DAY THE RAVENS LEFT THE TOWER  [Album Master]
ABSOLUTE REALITY [Album Master - CD / Digital ONLY]
WALK FOREVER BY MY SIDE  [Album Master]
STRENGTH [7" SINGLE VERSION]
MAJORITY [Strength B-SIDE]
STRENGTH [12" POWER MIX]
ABSOLUTE REALITY [IMPROMPTU ACOUSTIC VERSION]
SPIRIT OF '76 [7" SINGLE VERSION]
CAROLINE ISENBERG [Knife Edge B-SIDE]

STRENGTH 1985-1986 CD TWO [ALTERNATIVE STRENGTH ALBUM VERSIONS AND STUDIO SESSION OUT TAKES]

INTRO
GET IT ON [OUTTAKE]
DAWN CHORUS [OUTTAKE FROM ROUNDHOUSE STUDIOS]
SUMMERTIME BLUES [OUTTAKE]
KNIFE EDGE [ROUGH MIX FROM ROUNDHOUSE STUDIOS]
ALARM ALARM / RADAR LOVE [OUTTAKE]
ONLY THE THUNDER [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
BURN [OUTTAKE]
SPIRIT OF '76 [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE [OUTTAKE]
FOR TOMORROW [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
VICIOUS [OUTTAKE]
DEESIDE [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
ALL RIGHT NOW [OUTTAKE]
ABSOLUTE REALITY [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
UNKNOWN [OUTTAKE]
THE DAY THE RAVENS LEFT THE TOWER [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN [OUTTAKE]
ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
MAGGIE MAY / MAGGIE'S FARM / STAND DOWN MARGARET [OUTTAKE]
BRASS BAND [OUTTAKE]
WALK FOREVER BY MY SIDE [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
UNTITLED JAM SESSION [OUTTAKE]
STRENGTH  [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS]
OUTRO 

The Vinyl version comes as a Double Album and features the UK track listing plus bonus tracks:

LP SIDE ONE - ORIGINAL UK ALBUM Remastered

KNIFE EDGE [Album Master]
STRENGTH [Album Master]
DAWN CHORUS [Album Master]
SPIRIT OF '76 [Album Master]


LP SIDE TWO - ORIGINAL UK ALBUM Remastered

DEESIDE  [Album Master]
FATHER TO SON  [Album Master]
ONLY THE THUNDER  [Album Master]
THE DAY THE RAVENS LEFT THE TOWER  [Album Master]
WALK FOREVER BY MY SIDE  [Album Master]


LP SIDE THREE - [ABSOLUTE REALITY ALBUM DEMOS]

ABSOLUTE REALITY [Demo]
SONS OF DIVORCE  [Demo]
ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME  [Demo]
THE DAY THE RAVENS LEFT THE TOWER  [Demo]
STEELTOWN  [Demo]
WE ARE MAJORITY  [Demo]


LP SIDE FOUR - [ABSOLUTE REALITY ALBUM DEMOS PLUS SOUNDCHECK AND STUDIO DEMOS]

KNIFE EDGE  [Demo]
MEMORIAL DAY  [Demo]
BLACK SIDE OF FORTUNE  [Demo]
GIVE ME LOVE  [Soundcheck Demo]
IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY [Pluto Studios Demo]
RIVER STILL TO CROSS  [Marcus Studio Demo]

A number of the songs from the 'Strength' album are still played as part of the set with current line up of The Alarm.

A Few Bonus Tunes to Check out:


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