Just in from a fantastic second night at the Kelvin Bandstand. What a stunning gig (leaving out the drunken *****) this is a superb venue. Mike Scott in stunning form, a more than enthusiastic audience. The current Waterboys incarnation delivers a seriously rocking sound reminiscent in parts of Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
Highlights to many to mention but The Pan Within and A Girl Called Johnny will always hit that spot!
Great to see the Kelvingrove Bandstand up and running afterrefurbishment. Also delighted to see the superb Steve Earle live again (albeit pretty quickly after his BBC Pacific Quay Slot), however he was excellent playing solo and really playing the best of his songs in my opinion.
I have been tempted to tackle a River1 lp or even harder Darkness as 2lp set.. ..not an easy task but I will give it a go at some point. Darkness in my view is an unbeatable single lp and it is amazing that "the boss" distilled down the wealth of superb material to form that one single document of those 2 year sessions...
So lets tackle the 83 - 84 recordings that formed the breakthrough. I think, but you need to check this out yourself, that Springsteen has officially released 32 tracks from the Born In The USA Sessions. Given that they numbered over 80 we should be expecting a deluxe re-issue sometime soon. Here is my take on the double lp that would have formed Born In The USA
Born In The USA
Johnny Bye Bye
Shut Out The Light
Brothers Under The Bridges
Dancing In The Dark
Janey Don't You Lose Heart
Man At The Top
Light Of Day
Follow That Dream*
I'm On Fire
Dancing In The Dark
I'm Going Down
This Hard Land
Even as I type and excuse the indulgence of the * tracks which are of course yet to be released., what a double lp. Man at The Top and Sugarland share the same music (roughly) and this is deliberate on my part. I have excluded the Gary US Bonds sessions around this time although I have to say On The Line at the very least would be a strong contender. I have included that below, great track.
For not the first time I have to thank my long time friend and erstwhile gig buddy Michael for an outstanding shout. If you have not heard of Jason Isbell and you are a follower of decent music - you will.
I have never come away from a gig for someone who I did not really know so enthused, and rarely for someone that I did know! Brilliant band, great sings and delivered with passion from someone who has clearly lived the life already.
The stops.... Neil Young to Ryan Adams with a whole dose of originality thrown in. Been buzzing on the quality of this performance for over a week now. enjoy these clips and see him soon..
Quite often, ok well every now and then, you hear the phrase "would have made a great single album. I thought it would be interesting to look at some double albums, or indeed triple, and consider which tracks would have made the cut sticking to the 10 songs, Side A and Side B format.
So first up is Sandinista from the Clash. Sandinista was released it is fair to say to some mixed reviews in the press however many well respected critics gave the album a huge thumbs up. Certainly at 36 tracks and covering an amazing array of musical styles it was certainly ambitious.
Here is my take on what Sandisita may have loooked like as a single lp:
1. Somebody Got Murdered
2. The Magnificent 7
3. Hitsville UK
4. Washington Bullets
1. The Call Up
2. Police On My Back
3. Up In Heaven (Not Only Here)
4. Lightning Strikes
5. Something About England
This 1993 album is an absolute stunning piece of work by Jackson Browne but probably overlooked somewhat because of the classic albums Late For The Sky, For Everyman, The Pretender and Running On Empty. To my mind I'm Alive is the equal of that great body of work.
Lucky for us and pity for Jackson but it follows a down period in his personal life which always leads him to those wonderful songs of love, sorrow, regret and maybe a wee piece of redemption. It certainly came at the time as quite a departure from the political albums which immediately preceded it.
The opener and title track "I'm Alive" sets the scene and tone of the album both musically and lyrically- "now I'm rolling down California 5/with your laughter in my head/gonna have to block it out somehow to survive/cos those dreams are dead, but I'm alive".
There are many great tracks on the album but the real high water mark is the stunning Sky Blue and Black. In one track he pulls together love, longing, regret and hope for redemption. It is an absolute classic.
My Problem Is You
Too Many Angels
Sky Blue and Black
Two of Me, Tow Of You
Fast becoming the busiest men in "alternative rock" I reckon this new lp comes less than a year after the excellent Rewind The Film. Furious, propulsive and expansive, 'Futurology' is the sound of the Manics at their very best - a record inspired by permanent revolution, modern art and Autobahns - so there you go! Due out on 7 July here is the lead single.
The track listing as follows:
'Futurology' - 'Walk Me To The Bridge' - 'Let?s Go To War' - 'The Next Jet To Leave Moscow' - 'Europa Geht Durch Mich' - 'Divine Youth' - 'Sex, Power Love and Money' - 'Dreaming A City (Hughesovka)' - 'Black Square' - 'Between The Clock And The Bed' - 'Misguided Missile' - 'The View From Stow Hill' - 'Mayakovsky'