Bjork – Royal Albert Hall 21/09/2016

The Royal Albert Hall is a a bit of a bugger to get to on a Wednesday evening so when Dave agreed not only to go with me but also to drive that was a real bonus. The day before I had a blowout on the way home from work so I had to get some new tyres on Wednesday, then drive down to Didcot to meet up with Dave and on to London and a side street with free parking, near to a tube station that was only three stops from South Kensington, the nearest station to the Albert Hall.

It’s been quite some time since Dave had been on the tube and it’s fair to say he was quite shocked that it was just under £10 a return ticket for only three stops,to be honest, I was a little surprised myself , I had thought £5 or so, but £10?, a taxi would have been cheaper.

Here’s Dave as we arrived and had a look around:



It’s an impressive structure that’s for sure, although we still got a little lost on the walk from the tube, mostly my fault as I completely lost my ability to understand what google maps was telling me.

In an effort to stop the secondary selling of tickets it was necessary to have the tickets, cover note with name and address and a photo ID to get in, which was fine for us at door 8 and we got in almost immediately, but there were some pretty long queues at the other doors. We were about an hour early so we made our way to the Old Speckled Hen bar where I rather enjoyed a Gin before taking our seats.


We were seated in the circle, which was not good for me as I’m really not very fond of heights and it was a long way down with a barrier that was only at about the level of my knees. I rather nervously shuffled to my seat and sat in what was a very small space for a big man, or a medium man even.


Dave is not worried by heights, which may be why he is wearing that semi-evil smile but this:


scared the crap out of me and I began to wish I’d managed to buy tickets at ground level, however, I was where I was so there was no point moaning about it, but I did, a bit anyway. It had looked as though the concert was going to start with only a half full Albert Hall but at 7:30 it very quickly filled up and by 7:45 it was full.


The Aurora Orchestra walked out and took their seats, followed by Conductor then after a brief pause Bjork appeared stage right and we were underway. I can truthfully say that I was a little choked up as the first track, ‘Stonemilker’ began and Bjork sang the first lines. I have been trying, one way or another, to see her perform live for years and this , finally, was it.

The first half of the performance was a rather hard listen as it was tracks from Vulnicura, which is a rather a difficult mind set to find oneself in being as it is about the breakup of a relationship and the effects it has on a family unit. I have previously mentioned in an earlier post that I was finding the whole Vulnicurna album to be very difficult to get into but, as a result of seeing it performed right there in front of me, I found a way in and have a much deeper appreciation of the songs and am beginning to love it.

The acoustics int the Albert Hall are really astounding. At one point Bjork was singing acapella and stamped her foot on the stage, which I could hear clearly even though I was quite some distance away. Everything was beautifully clear, not a hint of distortion and it was a pleasure on the ears. As I discussed with Dave, the approach to this concert had to be a little different as there was no percussion, no variation I suppose as we had strings and Bjork’s voice, so we approached it as though it were a concert of classical music, which one day may well be the case, but it helped us to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate what was unfolding in front of us. Without the accompanying electronics, with no beat, Bjork seemed even more exposed, vulnerable even as she documented her break up from film director Matthew Barney.

The arrangement of ‘Black Lake’ was quite unnerving in a way, the strings would hold a long note, slowly dying away to the point that the song may have ended, until Bjork again sang, and then the note would be held again, to drift away, at one point eliciting rousing applause as many thought the song finished, before Bjork would again begin to sing.

It was, in a way, an opera, one full of tragedy. As she sang the word that were hauntingly sad, as from ‘Family’:

Is there a place
Where I can pay respects
For the death of my family

Followed by:

How will I sing us
Out of this sorrow
Build a safe bridge
For the child out of this danger

After about 50 minutes there was an intermission which gave people a chance to nip to the loo, or the bar, but I sat where I was, chatting to Dave, I really didn’t want to stand up and see that drop again. All the opening songs were from Vulnicurna I think, which means the first half was probably as follows:

History of Touches
Black Lake

The second half kicked off and was somewhat more upbeat although we did still have just strings and voice, but what a voice, and what an orchestra, everything was beautifully executed.  The version of Jóga was indeed beautiful, more delicate with only strings, but retaining it’s essence, even though, just for one song, some percussion or electronics to add light and shade would have been welcome, in the end it didn’t matter, Bjork was majestic, floating about the stage in a dress that reacted to UV light and lit her up like a jellyfish drifting on the tides.

The second half tracks and encore were:

I’ve Seen It All
Pagan Poetry
Mouth Mantra

The Anchor Song

As you can see from the numbers below, Vulnicura was the main event, which is understandable as it has been the focus of the last three official releases, the studio album, with strings and Live:

Vulnicura  – 8
Homogenic  – 2
Vespertine  – 2
Debut  – 1
Selmasongs  – 1

When Björk left the stage after a wonderful version of Pluto, the  crowd, who had previously seemed to be under a spell, broke free and there was stamping of the floor and taking up of  the song’s “ooh-oooh-ooh-ooh” chant. The house lights came up but it continued, until, alone, Bjork returned to the stage to thank London, “my second musical home”.

Here are some professional photographs taken on the evening and borrowed from the Bjork website:


And here are various bits of video that have turned up since Wednesday last week, of varying length and quality but it gives a flavor of the event:

An the crowd went wild!:

In summation, it wasn’t quite what I expected but it was brilliant all the same and I would have gone to the Hammersmith Apollo a few days later if I could have afforded tickets, but next time around I will be going again for a full band experience, because like any great performer, she left me wanting more.


Angelo Badalamenti – Soundtrack from Twin Peaks

Did you love Twin Peaks? I did, it was so odd and somehow compelling, with the show creatingtp1 a feeling that everybody there had something to hide, whether it related to the death of Laura Palmer or not. The strange, slightly uncomfortable viewing was enhanced greatly by the music of Angelo Badalamenti, who seemed to have created a perfect musical accompaniment.

I pre-ordered a re-issue, re-master of the soundtrack a while ago and it arrived last week, it’s a lovely thing. It has a die cut outer sleeve and an inner gatefold housing a coloured vinyl, what colour? Damn fine coffee coloured apparently. tp2

I went to the location where the series was filmed in Washington state back in 1999 (With friends Dirk and Allison pointing things out) and it was quite weird to be there. What you see on the TV screen is, of course, not what is there in reality, however, seeing the actual place made the whole show seem somehow more real and, in many ways, rather more frightening as the protection of the TV screen was removed. I watched it again after visiting and, even though I knew what happened, it still put me rather on edge a lot of the time.

Who could forget this:

Genius! Also crazy, but genius all the same.

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack all week and I do now plan to watch the entire series again, for a third time, because, well, why not?

You can, should you wish, remind yourself of just how good this soundtrack is by playing the video below.

Some Things & Gigs

For information purposes, I have no idea how to reply to a comment on this blog, really, no clue at all. I’d like to reply, but all I’m offered is an edit button, which isn’t the same thing at all. I’ve tried different themes to see if that’s why there is no reply button, but that didn’t help, so I ‘Like’ comments, not because I’m being rude, but because it seems to be the best I am able to do, which is a bit embarrassing. Sorry. I will continue to try and figure out what the problem is. Just realised I can do it on my phone. 

Public Image Limited announced they would be playing at The Assembly in Leamington Spa, which is 7 miles from my house, so I’m going to that. I saw them at the beginning of June this year at the O2 in Oxford but didn’t enjoy it all that much, which I think was mostly because I was a little under the weather, so I’m hoping this will be better. It’s in November which will, I hope, allow me to have calmed down a bit regarding the recent re-release announcements.

Why am I annoyed about these announcements? It’s all about the money. I’d love to have a copy of ‘Metal Box’, in the original metal tin, but the re-release (Deluxe Edition) is so overpriced I won’t be able to afford it. Here’s the announcement that I saw:

metal box

The box contains the following:

‘Metal Box’ 4 LP
LP 1: Metal Box
LP 2: Metal Box (continued)
LP 3: Live at Manchester, Russell’s Club (The Factory) 18/6/79
LP 4: Rare Mixes & BBC Session

I’d love these, I really would, but the price is £162.99 (or $216.19 if that’s your currency), for 4 records, two of which I happen to already have, as would most people who are in the market to buy this. So I’d be paying £162.99 for 2 LP’s and a box to put them in. Too much, way too much. I’d rather have the original to be honest, which was three 12″ singles in the metal box (picture below). The price really annoys me as it just seems to be about twice what it should cost.


This month I will be going to see Bjork at the Royal Albert all, which I’m very excited about, even though the tickets haven’t actually arrived yet.

I also picked up a couple of tickets for another gig at The Assembly, though it isn’t until next year, to see The Handsome Family.


If you have ever watched the TV series ‘True Detective’ then you will know The Handsome Family as the opening music was taken from their 2003 album Singing Bones, which I had on CD when it came out, I still have it somewhere I should think. It came as quite a surprise to me when I watched the first episode of True Detective, but a nice one.

Here is that very song, which is called ‘Far From Any Road’:

Other gigs that I’ve been considering are Beth Orton in Oxford, although I’ve already seen her twice so may not go for that one. The Kills, Gary Numan, both also in Oxford. Mø is playing in Birmingham in October, as are Polica. 

I need to find a gig buddy, a friend with benefits, the benefit being that they go to gigs with me. I go to a lot on my own as most people I know don’t share the same taste in music as me, although, admittedly, my tastes are eclectic, but sometimes it’s worth going for the experience, whether you know much about the band or not. 


I never liked The Associates, they would turn up on Top Of The Pops and I had absolutely no interest in them whatsoever, in fact, most of the time I just wanted them to shut up so we could move on to whatever was next. I was completely wrong of course and it is only recently that I have come to realise that Billy Mackenzie had a brilliant and wonderful voice. I was doing an 80’s mix (which you can find here if you are of a mind to) and as I was listening to things that I thought would be good to include, youtube automatically rolled on to it. I said this about track 14 in the mix:

14: The Associates – Waiting For The Love Boat

I never really took much notice of The Associates back in the early 80’s, having only really listened to ‘Party Fears Two’, but have listened retrospectively and I really should have paid a bit more notice. I do remember thinking at the time that it was all a little odd and not my thing but singer Billy Mackenzie did have a fabulous voice. Sadly, he committed suicide in 1997 at age 39, shortly after the death of his mother. He had been suffering from clinical depression. I chose this track because I like it, which is a damn fine reason.

I have to agree with myself on this. So I saw a used copy of the album ‘Perhaps’ for £3.50  and suddenly I owned it.


Label: WEA ‎– WX9, WEA ‎– 240 497-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 09 Feb 1985
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: Synth-pop

At the time this was released I wasn’t as open to different styles of music as I now am. I was very much firmly ensconced in a genre and refused to leave. I’m so glad I’m over that.

Here, for your pleasure, is a 40 minute documentary on The Associates.

And from the album the single ‘Waiting For The Love Boat’.

Running Total: £20.50

Record Fair: Rugby Town Hall

I went to  record fair in Rugby this morning at the town hall. It’s very impressive size wise from the outside but I went in the side and in to a rather small room that had 8 stalls. There were the usual stalls with volume at a low price but with little of interest, lots of 80’s stuff that wasn’t very good then and hasn’t improved with time. There were also a couple of stalls with some really good stuff, I could have spent several hundred pounds at these if I had that sort of disposable income, which I don’t, so I had to be rather selective.

The first thing I bought was the only Radiohead album I don’t have on vinyl, Pablo Honey, their debut. It’s a re-issue but it’s on coloured vinyl, which suits me fine as I do love a bit of coloured vinyl.


I know Radiohead have issues with the song ‘Creep’ but I was quite surprised to see this one has 154 million views on youtube, which suggests it might be quite popular.

From the same stall I bought ‘Kiss Me’ Kiss Me’ Kiss Me’ by the cure, not in the best of condition but OK. It’s one of my favourite Cure albums so it’s nice to get it. They had quite a few but the prices on some of them were prohibitive, at least for me.


Finally, from the same stall I bought what turned out to be an unofficial pressing of Computer World by Kraftwerk, I had thought it probably was but its green vinyl, I was seduced for I am weak.


I fail to comprehend how anybody could not love ‘Pocket Calculator’, just listen to it, it’s amazing.

The next thing was a copy of ‘The Pearl’ by Harold Budd and Brian Eno. I’m picking up Eno albums when I see them. I’d like the Ambient series but they are so bloody expensive.


And sticking with Harold Budd I bought ‘The Moon & The Melodies’ A very nice copy, which is basically a Cocteau Twins album.


It’s a wonderful album.

Finally, a copy of the soundtrack to ‘The Mission’ which is an amazing film which I highly recommend watching, not least because the soundtrack, which is brilliant, was by Ennio Morricone.


I could have stayed longer and dug a bit more but it was so bloody hot today and the room had no air con. I was very happy with what I found anyway.

This weekends UK Record Fairs : 15th July 2016

Here’s your weekly reminder of what’s coming up this weekend in the world of Record and CD fairs. Friday 15th LONDON – Old Spitalfields Market, Commercial Street, E1 – Eric …

Source: This weekends UK Record Fairs : 15th July 2016

Music you can’t listen to and music you can

When I saw Ennio Morricone at Blenheim Palace a couple of weeks ago he played some of the music from his score for the film ‘The Red Tent’. I’d never really heard of it, the film or the music, and I enjoyed it so much I decided I would get myself a copy of the soundtrack, or at least listen to it again. Neither of these things proved to be easy. The full soundtrack doesn’t appear to be available on any streaming service, well, I checked Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Prime and it wasn’t there. The main theme is, but there’s more to it than that and I wanted to hear it all. In particular, there is a track called “Others, Who Will Follow (Altri, Dopo Di Noi)” which is over 22 minutes long and takes up the whole of Side B of the soundtrack album.

Please bask in the glory of this album cover for a moment:

Label: Paramount Records ‎– SPFL 275
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 1971
Genre: Electronic, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Experimental

A1 Love Theme From “The Red Tent” (Tema D’Amore) 3:31
A2 Do Dreams Go On 2:30
A3 Death At The Pole (Morte Al Polo) 4:11
A4 A Love Like The Snow (Un Amore Come La Neve) 2:12
A5 Message From Rome (Messaggio Da Roma) 1:40
A6 They’re Alive (Sono Vivi) 1:39
A7 Farewell (Addio) 2:51
B Others, Who Will Follow (Altri, Dopo Di Noi) 22:20

So I ended up buying it from Ebay, it arrived yesterday, and have since discovered it cheaper on discogs, ah well, my own fault.

Here is the main theme from the film, with a lovely vocal, it’s one of the few tracks available to listen to:

The 1969 film was a joint Soviet/Italian film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. It’s based on the story of the mission to rescue Umberto Nobile and the other survivors of the crash of the Airship Italia. Sean Connery plays Roald Amundsen, though I haven’t seen the film and can’t find any clips of it I think it safe to assume that Connery’s Norwegian accent is distinctly Scottish. Peter Finch plays Nobile, he probably sounds very English.

S0, June 23rd 2016 , Ennio Morricone at Blenheim Palace. The weather was good, a few spots of rain but barely noticeable. I didn’t take many pictures really as I only had my mobile with me but this gives an idea of the setting and whatnot, and not all the pictures are mine:

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The internet is strangely quite on the subject of this concert. I can’t seem to find a review or post concert news anywhere. I do know that the M40 motorway was closed so a lot of people didn’t turn up until after the interval, which meant we had loads of room during the first half, which was nice.

Here is somebody’s phone video they posted on youtube from the actual concert, which is quite good quality. I was in the second row, and paid handsomely to sit there, but it was actually better to sit about 20 rows back I think as the stage was so high you couldn’t see everything and, as I was off to the left, I don’t think we got the full effect of the orchestra, although the view was much better than in this video.

I don’t have the set list from Blenheim but a couple of days later there was a concert in Ghent, and as the program was probably pre-printed for the tour, I’m going to go with the one below, until I can compare with my program and see if it’s the same, it won’t be far off:

  1. Volti e fantasmi (from “The Best Offer”)
  2. The Legend of the Pianist (from “The Legend of 1900”)
  3. Ribellione (from “Baaria”)
  4. Chi mai (From “Maddalena”)
  5. H2S (from “H2S”)
  6. Metti, Una Sera a Cena (from “Metti, Una Sera a Cena”)
  7. Croce d’amore (from “Metti, Una Sera a Cena”)
  8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  9. C’era una volta il west (Jill’s Theme) (from “Once Upon a Time in the West”)
  10. Giù la testa: (Sean, Sean) (from “A Fistful Of Dynamite”)
  11. The Ecstasy of Gold


    It was at this point that I went off and purchased a Gin & Tonic from one of the concessions that was set up in the grounds. It was a lovely G & T, but it was £10, which is ridiculous, but I could have just not bought it I suppose.

  12. L’ultima diligenza di Red Rock(from “The Hateful Eight”)
  13. Bestiality(from “The Hateful Eight” and “The Thing”)
  14. Deborah’s Theme (“from “Once Upon a Time in America”)
  15. Addio Monti
  16. Thème de Vatel (from “Vatel”)
  17. Per le antiche scale (Preludio)(from “Per le Antiche Scale”)
  18. Irene-Dominique (from “L’eredita Ferramonti”)
  19. Do Dreams Go On (from “The Red Tent”)
  20. They’re Alive (SOS) (from “The Red Tent”)
  21. Other Who Will Follow Us (from “The Red Tent”)
  22. Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission)
  23. Falls (from “The Mission”)
  24. On Earth as It Is in Heaven (from “The Mission”)


  1. Abolisson (From ”Queimada”)
  2. The Ecstasy of Gold
  3. On Earth as It Is in Heaven (from “The Mission”)

My mission at present is to get myself copies of the Soundtracks from which each of the tracks was taken. Some of them really aren’t cheap as they are out of print, but I’ll be patient and wait for bargains. I have ‘The Red Tent’ of course and I also have recently picked up a copy of ‘The Hateful Eight’, which is just brilliant. I also have Music From The Original Sound Tracks Of “A Fistful Of Dollars” & “For A Few Dollars More” but that still leaves me with 10 or 11 to get.

I have yet to see the film ‘The Hateful Eight’, but I will at some point and I am currently in the position of knowing the soundtrack really well (I’m about 30 plays in by now) but not the visuals. It’s a double and comes with a poster (which is nice but I never use them, they just sit inside the cover forever). Here it is:


I stole this image from the internet but this is the cover I have, although there appear to be a few different versions.

Label: Decca ‎– 4769494
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 2015
Genre: Stage & Screen

Style: Soundtrack, Score


A1 Ennio Morricone L’ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock – Versione Integrale 7:30
A2 Ennio Morricone Overture 3:11
A3 Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh “Major Warren Meet Daisy Domergue” 0:34
A4 Ennio Morricone Narratore Letterario 1:59
A5 The White Stripes Apple Blossom

Written-By – Jack White 

A6 Tim Roth, Kurt Russell “Frontier Justice” 1:50
A7 Ennio Morricone L’ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock – #2 2:37
B1 Ennio Morricone Neve – Versione Integrale 12:16
B2 Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen “This Here Is Daisy Domergue” 1:01
B3 Ennio Morricone Sei Cavalli 1:21
B4 Ennio Morricone Raggi Di Sole Sulla Montagna 1:41
B5 Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson “Son Of The Bloody Ni**er Killer Of Baton Rouge” 2:43
C1 Jennifer Jason Leigh Featuring Kurt Russell Jim Jones At Botany Bay 4:10
C2 Ennio Morricone Neve – #2 2:05
C3 Samuel L. Jackson, Demián Bichir, Walton Goggins “Uncle Charlie’s Stew” 1:41
C4 Ennio Morricone I Quattro Passeggeri 1:49
C5 Ennio Morricone La Musica Prima Del Massacro 2:00
C6 Ennio Morricone L’inferno Bianco – Synth 3:31
C7 Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell The Suggestive Oswaldo Mobray 0:47
D1 David Hess Now You’re All Alone

Written-By – David Hess

D2 Ennio Morricone Sangue E Neve 2:05
D3 Ennio Morricone L’inferno Bianco – Ottoni 3:31
D4 Ennio Morricone Neve – #3 2:02
D5 Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen Daisy’s Speech 1:32
D6 Ennio Morricone La Lettera Di Lincoln – Strumentale 1:41
D7 Ennio Morricone, Walton Goggins La Lettera Di Lincoln – Con Dialogo

Written-By [Letter] – Samuel L. Jackson

D8 Roy Orbison There Won’t Be Many Coming Home

Written-By – Roy Orbison, William Dees

D9 Ennio Morricone La Puntura Della Morte 0:27

Morricone provided 7 or 8 pieces to Tarantino who had a sound engineer rebuild these into what appears on the Soundtrack, which, apparently, is quite normal. The ‘Overture’ for example, was one of these Cut & Paste pieces. The soundtrack won the 2015 Oscar beating these composers to the prize:

  • Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman
  • Carol – Carter Burwell
  • Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams

So, yes, if the Oscars are to be believed (and it’s debatable sometimes whether they are) then this is the best Soundtrack released in 2015 (on this occasion I agree).

There’s a very nice video for Neve below (Disk 2, Side 1, Track 2)

My Discogs looks odd

I added all my classical vinyl to my discogs account and it now looks a bit wrong. I no longer think the cool kids will even allow me in the same room, possibly not even the same building, maybe town. Here is how it currently looks:


You will, no doubt, notice Herbert von Karajan repeatedly doing what could be mistaken for a Hitler salute. Deutsche Grammophon used the same picture and just put the number of the Beethoven symphony on it.

I don’t really care what the cool kids think, my Mummy thinks I’m cool and that’s what’s important.

4 Albums: Number 3

In hindsight I realise it is a bit odd to talk about 4 albums that I listened to on Monday when I’ve listened to several others since. Why these 4, why this day, just why? Well, I think it is due to the diversity of the music somehow combining into a complete listening experience. So far there was Fp-Oner with  “6” (2015)  and Oval with “94Diskont” (1995), Deep house and then, I guess, glitch, so what comes next? The answer is a film soundtrack from all the way back in 1971.

‘Lizard In A Womans Skin’ (Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna) is a film by Lucio Fulci about a woman tormented by strange, drug-induced hallucinations who finds her fantasies giving way to violent reality. Here, for your enjoyment, is a trailer for the film:

Yeah, I know, that’s some crazy shit, right?

It is scored by Ennio Morricone and that in itself was a good enough reason for me to buy my own copy on vinyl. Whilst I have the standard and not the deluxe edition, it still IMG_2282Enniohas one record on transparent blue and the other on transparent green. The gatefold sleeve also houses a poster of the cover art and liner notes from Andrea Morandi and Stephen Thrower. It’s a beautiful thing as you can see from the picture of it playing on my turntable.

A press release notes that Morricone’s work on Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna mixes elements of funk and jazz with “increasingly uncomfortable effects.” To highlight the film’s “hedonistic nightmares” and “narcotic-fuelled orgies,” the master composer employed the vocals of regular collaborator Edda dell’Orso and “eerie woodwinds” that come across “like coyote howls.”

The album was re-released by Deathwatch Recording Company and they’ve done a really great job of it. They have a load of great soundtracks available on their site, but not this one I notice, so it may no longer be in print but it is still available at various places online, I got mine from Amazon.

Side 1:
1. La lucertola
2. Magia nera
3. Giorno di notte
4. La lucertola
5. Che strano
6. Mimetizzata

Side 2:
7. Notte di giorno
8. Sfinge
9. Spostato ad est
10. A Lucio Fulci
11. Spiriti
12. Ancora ad est

Side 3:
13. Sole sulla pelle
14. Nenia per una bambola
15. Che strano – II version
16. Giorno di notte
17. Sfinge
18. Fondate paure

Side 4:
19. Mimetizzata
20. A Lucio Fulci
21. La lucertola
22. Che strano
23. Notte di giorno
24. La lucertola

The above video is one that somebody has stitched together from the film and uses one piece from the soundtrack. It’s well worth a listen as it gives a flavour of the soundtrack as a whole.

When it comes to Film scores Morricone is almost certainly the most accomplished but, as a record collector, how could anybody ever hope to have a copy of each of his works, with there being over 500 and the majority being out of print. I have 5, which is only 1%, so I doubt I’ll actively try and complete a collection, but I will always be keeping my eye out for them.

This particular album was a very nice gift from two of my favourite people.


I did a nice little video of my walking into the town hall, up the stairs and into the main hall, except it appears that after 3 seconds of filming I accidentally switched the recording off. I wasn’t about to go outside and do that again so I filmed a lap of the hall instead, and here it is:

Now on to other things I picked up. My music tastes are quite eclectic so there’s always a lot that I’m on the look out for and I was quite surprised to find ‘Slime and Reason’ by Roots Manuva.


In my excitement at finding it, it’s not rare but I’d never seen it used before, I missed that the cover was a bit knackered at the back. No matter though, the vinyl plays fine and it wasn’t expensive, more importantly, it’s a great album.

I picked up a couple of Bob Dylan albums that I didn’t have on vinyl, these two:


The vinyl needs a clean but I think they will be ok. They are both re-pressings, nothing original or rare, but I’m not bothered about that really.


Next was Squeeze from 1978, just because it was there really and because I have a vague idea about getting more XTC and more Squeeze albums. I only really know ‘Take me I’m yours’ from this but I did have a listen to the whole album and it’s pretty good overall.

Back in the early eighties my very bestest friend in the whole wide world (he insists I call him that even though he’s really more of an acquaintance) Dave had his older brothers ( Pete) albums that we sometimes used to listen to, which is why I bought an album by ‘Greenslade’.


I don’t remember much about them, I was more interested in ‘Gentle Giant’ but I thought they were worth a go. The album is ‘Spyglass Guest’ from 1974, it very much sits in the Prog Rock camp and on first listen I felt it started a little cheesy but it soon picked up and was much more interesting. I need to give it a few more listens to be honest.

I sold my copy of ‘Floodland’ by The Sisters of Mercy years ago and was pleased to be able to get a replacement copy for £3.75. I also had a load of 12″ singles that I sold off, but I can’t see myself replacing them any time soon.


Finally, the last thing I bought I just spotted from afar and made a bee line for it. I’ve been listening to the Mood Mosaic albums for years but have never bought one on vinyl and there was the first one at the front of a clear plastic crate. I bought it. Of course. This does not bode well as there are 14 of them and I know I’m going to now want the rest. They are a 14 album series of lounge music, TV Themes, bits from films and other bits and pieces. It’s a bit like a mix tape that somebody with a huge record collection made for you, here’s the tracklist of Volume 1:


01 BOB CREWE – Pygar’s Persecution/The Black Queen’s Beads
04 MICHEL LEGRAND – Marins, Amis, Amant Ou Maris
05 NELSON RIDDLE – Lamento
06 GARY McFARLAND – Love For Sale
07 GABOR SZABO – Sophisticated Wheels
08 PHIL MOORE III – Batucada
09 LUIS ENRIQUEZ – Mas Que Nada
10 GEORGE GARVARENZ* – Hascisch Party
11 SHOCKING BLUE – Ackta Raga

Here’s an example of the sort of thing that’s on this first album, and it’s brilliant:

Well this should have ended here, but there may be a part 3 as I went to the record shop afterwards, my bad.


Leamington Record Fair 18/06/2016 – Part 1

Today was Leamington Record fair, which was quite busy as soon as it opened, probably because the Peace Festival was on just a short walk away. There were several new vendors, which is good, and I picked up a few bits and pieces from them. I spent relatively little but came away with rather a lot of records.

The first stall by the entrance door had a £1 crate and I did rather well out of that I think, at £1 each I got the following:


My brother had this and I heard it a lot but I don’t think I ever had my own copy. It has a couple of gold stars stamped on the front so it may be a promo copy, I’ve no idea, I bought it for the songs not for any value it may or may not have. This copy is in nice vinyl condition but the cover is a bit tatty to be honest.

A1 The Steppes
A2 Time To Get Out
A3 Slogans
A4 Leaving
A5 Two Vamps As Guests
B1 Jacuzzi
B2 Hammer In The Sand
B3 The Toast
B4 The Show
B5 Sentimental Institution


Next up for a the princely sum of £1 was Live Stiffs. I remember this when it came out but never had a copy. It was basically a load of acts from the Stiff record label live. I don’t think this is the original release as it’s not on Stiff records but it doesn’t matter, to pick up these performances for so little money is good enough:

Live LP taken from the “Stiffs Live Stiffs” Tour, recorded on the Rak Mobile at The University of East Anglia, Norwich, Leicester University and The Lyceum, London

Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric and Larry Wallis are backed by a core group of tour musicians, including some members of The Attractions and The Blockheads. For example, Ian Dury plays drums for Wreckless Eric

On the last track, Ian Dury & The Blockheads are joined on stage by various other tour musicians. Track is credited to “All”.

A1 Nick Lowe’s Last Chicken In The Shop I Knew The Bride
A2 Nick Lowe’s Last Chicken In The Shop Let’s Eat
A3 Wreckless Eric & The New Rockets Semaphore Signals
A4 Wreckless Eric & The New Rockets Reconnez Cherie
A5 Larry Wallis’ Psychedelic Rowdies Police Car
B1 Elvis Costello & The Attractions I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
B2 Elvis Costello & The Attractions Miracle Man
B3 Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Wake Up And Make Love With Me
B4 Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Billericay Dickie
B5 –All Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘N’ Roll & Chaos

I bought 3 12″ singles the first two were £1 the last one was £2:


I don’t care what anybody thinks, this is, in my opinion, one of the best pop singles ever released, I genuinely mean that.

A1 Groove Is In The Heart (Meeting Of The Minds Mix)

Featuring – Bootsy*, Q-Tip

A2 Groove Is In The Heart (Peanut Butter Mix) 3:29
B1 What Is Love? (Holographic Goatee Mix) 4:10
B2 What Is Love? (Rainbow Beard Mix) 4:02

Anybody who may have read this blog for a while (there aren’t many of you!) will know that I love Grace Jones so when I saw something I’d never heard of which was really a bit odd and super cheap I really had no choice but to buy it. I have a really vague memory of something around this but it’s really hazy and I certainly never connected a vinyl release with it but the Sci-Fi channel had a ‘fright Night’ and Grace Jones was involved somehow. What I found was a 6 track 12″ releases by the Sci-Fi Channel with different versions of the track on it.


1 Love Bites (7″ Fright Night Mix) 3:40
2 Love Bites (12 Dark Night Mix) 7:35
3 Love Bites (12″ Fright Night Mix) 8:21
4 Love Bites (12″ Deep Into The Night Mix) 6:40
5 Love Bites (7″ Fright Night Instrumental) 3:52
6 Love Bites (7″ Deep Into The Night Mix) 3:45

There’s an official video of it but embedding is disabled so there’s the one above. I added it to my collection on Discogs and it appears to be valued at £25, which is nice for me, though I have no intention of selling it.

The £2 12″ was another Grace Jones, I have the tracks already, but I loved the cover.


The back cover is great as well. I’ll have to take a picture of it and post it at some point.

Also for £1 I picked up a Westworld album from 1987:


A1 Where The Action Is
A2 Sonic Boom Boy
A3 Rockulator
A4 Psychotech
A5 Silver Mac
A6 Fly Westworld
B1 Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo
B2 Mix Me Up
B3 Injection 1-2-3
B4 Cheap ‘N’ Nasty
B5 Joy Rider
B6 Painkiller

I’m not sure why but I always liked them, and it is a fabulous cover. I always thought they were going to be bigger than they turned out to be and the fact that they named themselves after the film, which is one of my favourites, went some way to my rooting for them. Here is possibly their only real hit:

I then saw an album that I have seen being shown on lots of Youtube videos, Ricochet by Tangerine Dream. I heard them years ago, the father of the drummer of a band I was in had loads of them and there was one playing one night before practice when we went to pick him up. I didn’t like it and have given them no credence since that initial listening.


Looking back I think there were two reasons why I didn’t connect with it, the first was that it just wasn’t my thing at the time and the other was, I think, that the album he was playing was a soundtrack to a film and nothing much happened, it seemed rather bland and dull to me. Regardless, I bought Ricochet and thought I’d give it a go. I’m glad I did. I’ve just listened to it and absolutely love it. Repetitive instrumentals? Yup, very much my thing nowadays. It will definitely get a lot more plays and I’ll look out for some more of their albums now. I must have passed over dozens of them by now but not anymore.


Next was ‘Naked’ by Talking Heads, it was £3.50 (as was Tangerine Dream above) and I’m trying to get sall the Talking Heads albums on vinyl so this was a must really. Especially at that price. I believe it was the last Studio album before they broke up.


  1. “Blind” – 4:58
  2. “Mr. Jones” – 4:18
  3. “Totally Nude” – 4:10
  4. “Ruby Dear” – 3:48
  5. “(Nothing But) Flowers” – 5:31
  6. “The Democratic Circus” – 5:01
  7. “The Facts of Life” – 6:25
  8. “Mommy Daddy You and I” – 3:58
  9. “Big Daddy” – 5:37
  10. “Cool Water” – 5:10

The thing I have to point out is that I am still at the first stall, which, on the face of it, suggest I went vinyl buying crazy, but I didn’t, well, not too crazy anyway, I just found lots of things I liked straight away.

There will be more when I get to writing part 2 later.

This weekends UK Record Fairs – 17th June 2016

Here’s your weekly reminder of what’s coming up this weekend in the world of Record fairs. Friday 17th LONDON – Old Spitalfields Market, Commercial Street, E1 – Eric 0207 24…

Source: This weekends UK Record Fairs – 17th June 2016

Well that’s just stupid

Stuff waiting

I mentioned before that I’ve been off work for a couple of weeks, I’m on the mend now though. I received a picture of what has arrived from various places during my absence. I don’t know what’s in all of them. 


I really don’t know much about Manowar, but I do know this cover. It’s, well, I don’t have the words really, it’s, erm, fabulous? I had a go at a re-design for this one, nice and simple look. I spent most of the time creating the blank cover which is a Joy Division album of mine that I grunged up.






Well, The Faith Tones have been a bit of an internet sensation, just because of this album cover, such amazing hair, why did this style ever go out of fashion? There has been rather a lot of debate as to whether it was a real recording and cover, or if it was just a photoshop creation. I fall on the side of real. So, here we are at the 6th album re-design, again fairly minimalistic, but the original is so amazing it’s hard to really improve upon it. I had a try at it though.



Below, it is said, is the title track from the album.


This next re-design of terrible album covers is rather famously bad and always turns up. I actually saw a copy in my local record store and I really do wish I’d bought it, but I didn’t, it would have been an Irony purchase, I’d have only ever played it once, if that.


This is by far my favourite of the ones that I’ve done and it took the least amount of time, but, for me, it really works and I have no doubt that if I saw it in a rack of used vinyl it would peak my curiosity and I’d pick it up to see what it was.


That’s all I have for now but may do some more if I feel up to it. I’ll even take suggestions!

You may not agree that the re-designed covers are better than the originals and, again, I am not the greatest at photoshop, but I’m rather pleased with them.

Update: I found a video clip of Orion and then remembered I’d heard him before, he sounds a lot like Elvis, and there was a time when a lot of people thought it actually was Elvis releasing records under an assumed name. Here he is:

The album is on Apple Music and it’s actually a pretty good listen, he was much better than the album cover suggested.


Ennio Morricone at Blenheim Palace

Absolutely over the moon that my good lady wife and I now have tickets to see Ennio Morricone conduct a 200 piece Orchestra at Blenheim palace in the summer. I have loved his music since I was a little boy, even though I didn’t know it was him, from ‘The good, The Bad & The Ugly’, ‘Fistful of Dollars’ and other spaghetti westerns, through ‘The Mission’, ‘Once Upon a Time In America’, and an appearance in ‘Kill Bill’ and recently ‘The Hateful Eight’. He is extraordinarily prolific having composed scores for over 500 films and over 100 other full length pieces. Morricone is basically a legend.


Our seats are about 10 rows from the front and off to the left a bit. It should be a great view.

We saw a concert on TV a few years ago, 2011 probably, set in Piazza San Marco in Venice, accompanied by the Roma Sinfoniettaa, and were enthralled by it. Eventually hunting it down on DVD so that we could watch it again. It’s on youtube now and you can watch it in all it’s glory below.


THE SINGLE GREATEST PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. BOOTLEG, EVER: THE ORIGINAL BAND, LIVE IN NEW YORK, 1980. “This video recording features the classic 1980 Lydon, Levene, Wobble & Atkins line up playing live in New York. The best PiL bootleg EVER!! Filmed by two cameras, one at the back / middle, and one on the left-hand […]


Mix Tape: Volume 3: Side 1 (There is beauty in everything)

Everybody’s view of what is and isn’t beautiful is different, my own is that there is beauty in everything, it may not always be pleasant, or uplifting, but it can still be beautiful in some way. Most of us just choose not to look for it, and sometimes, that is the right thing to do, but it does not stop it from existing.

Here, in this 3rd mixtape are songs that to me, in some way, are beautiful.

The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build a Home
Ludovico Einaudi – Night
Neil Cowley Trio – Lament
Mammal Hands – Mansions Of Millions Of Years
Mew – Comforting Sounds
Sigur Rós – Ára Bátur (at Abbey Road Studios)
Radiohead – No Surprises
Múm – Green Grass Of Tunnel
Mogwai – Hunted By A Freak
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Iron and Wine – Naked as We Came
Trespassers William – Vapour Trail
Cocteau Twins – Tishbite

Listen to There is beauty in everything by  Verian on Apple Music.

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