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Friday, 8 August 2014

The Waterboys - Kelvin Bandstand

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!

Stevie Nicks - The Dealer [Official Lyric Video] Bit of a guilty secret but hey ho

This is the trailer for the "new" song The Dealer from her forthcoming album 24 Karat Gold. Made up of old songs (I think recorded as new). My Bruce has set a trend with The Promise and  High Hopes...

Steve Earle - Kelvingrove Bandstand

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.


It stayed dry what more can you ask!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Make Mine a Double # 2 - Born In The USA

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

Side 1
Born In The USA
Johnny Bye Bye
Shut Out The Light
My Hometown
Brothers Under The Bridges

Side 2
Murder Incorporated
Bobby Jean
Dancing In The Dark
Janey Don't You Lose Heart

Side 3
Man At The Top
Light Of Day
Follow That Dream*
I'm On Fire

Side 4
Dancing In The Dark
Cover Me
I'm Going Down
No Surrender
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.


Jason Isbell Oran Mor Glasgow

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..


Friday, 23 May 2014

Prince at the Hydro

Quite simply the was a stunning gig (following another equally superb gig Jason Isbell which I will post about later).

The set list was as follows and you can see he did not hang about.

Lets Go Crazy
Take Me With U
Raspberry Beret
U Got The Look (no Sheena!)
Feel Good
The Love We Make

When Doves Cry
Song O The Times
Hot thing
Forever In My Life
I Would Die 4 U

Little Red Corvette
Nothing Compares 2 U

Plectrum Electrum
Crimson and Clover
Sometimes It Snows In April

Diamonds and Pearls - piano solo
The Beautiful Ones - piano solo
Purple Rain - piano intro then full band

Play that funky music
Live It Up


A wee word of caution on the set list in that some of the songs were snippets/samples but that is not a complaint as it was very effective.

highlights? Too many to mention but the four song intro was hard to top. Purple rain just class with outstanding playing all night from the band - and Prince can really play the guitar.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Make Mine a Double #1 - The Clash Sandinista

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:

Side A

1. Somebody Got Murdered
2. The Magnificent 7
3. Hitsville UK
4. Washington Bullets
5. Broadway

Side B

1. The Call Up
2. Police On My Back
3. Up In Heaven (Not Only Here)
4. Lightning Strikes
5. Something About England

Here are the lead singles:


Monday, 5 May 2014

The Elvis Presley Show - Clyde Auditorium

This was a strange "concert", with Elvis projected onto a screen in front of an admittedly outstanding young band. I was reminded of Bowies Diamond Dogs Tour - just stay behind the screens!

Ultimately it did not really work for me and I left really just wishing I could have been at The International in Vegas 1970. That won't be happening any time soon!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Prince at the Hydro

Well after another frenetic round of ticket buying managed to secure single ticket for the mini purple man.

Will he back on form as they are saying - who knows but it is a big "must see live" box to tick.

No matter what check this amazing video and if Sheena Easton needs a lift to the gig she knows how to find me

Forgotten Album Friday #26 Jackson Browne - I'm Alive

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.

Key tracks

I'm Alive
My Problem Is You
Too Many Angels
Sky Blue and Black
Two of Me, Tow Of You

Sky Blue and Black

I'm Alive

Monday, 28 April 2014

Manic Street Preachers - Futurology

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'

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Bruce Springsteen -"American Beauty" (Charlotte 04/19/14)

I really like this ep I must admit but it is no doubt a solo track , however the E Street Band give it a god go!

Bowie 40th Anniversary

Whilst I am looking forward t the next in the instalment of Bowie 40th anniversary picture disks I have to say the creative department at Bowie Inc seems to have hit a bit of a lull on the b -sides.
Next up following a disappointing RSD release of Rock N Roll Suicide with a previously heard b side version is Diamond Dogs. With yes you guessed it a further release of a b side from an album...next up is probably Knock On Wood? Nice single though...

Friday, 25 April 2014

Simon Felice - Strangers

Following up his first solo album and the excellent Duke and The King albums, Simon Felice has released another cracking instalment in his post Felice Brothers output with the album Strangers. (Thanks to Michael for the pointer!).

Stand out tracks are Molly O, Bye Bye Palenville , Our Lady of the Gun  and  The Gallows.

Molly O!
And here is a clip of a stand out Duke and The King track:

Forgotten Album Friday #25 - David Bowie Hours

It may again seem a strange choice to select an album by one of the best known and most iconic figures in popular music as a Forgotten Album Friday selection. However despite a couple of cracking singles and accompanying outstanding videos this 1999 album sneaked out with very little notice. I suspect that in part it was a backlash to the immediately preceding "drum n bass" effort earthling. To be fair the latter does have a cracking cover and with hindsight a couple of good tracks:

Hours has it all though. The singles from the album are exceptional and stand up with most of Bowie's catalogue and to my ears a lot of the material harks back to Hunky Dory in style. Seven especially would have fitted somewhere between Quicksand and Bewlay Brothers quite nicely.

The album release saw Bowie playing some TV gigs, notably at the Beeb and these hinted at what could have been a great tour much in the same way as a Scary Monsters Tour would have been superb.

Key tracks:

Seven - below from the storytellers DVD
Thursdays Child  - a fantastic video
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell

Skip the instrumental!

Sutrvive VH1 Storytellers Version

Thursdays Child - one of his best videos

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

New Springsteen ep American Beauty

You may have been lucky enough to snatch one on RSD 2014 (or pay over the odds on eBay). No matter - this is worth the price of admission for Hey Blue Eyes alone. Bruce seems to have been one of the few social commentators on the Bush Jr era and I often wonder why that is. To quote the artist “Hey Blue Eyes” rounds out the EP with one of my darkest political songs. Written during the Bush years, it’s a metaphor for the house of horrors our government’s actions created in the years following the invasion of Iraq. At its center is the repressed sexuality and abuse of power that characterized Abu Ghraib prison. I feel this is a shadow we as a country have yet to emerge"

You can download the ep at iTunes.