On to some used vinyl that was in the crates under the new vinyl. I always check it and more often than not find something worth getting. The first one I saw that was an immediate pick up was Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at the Lyceum.


Label: Island Records ‎– ILPS 9376
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: Nov 1975
Genre: Reggae
Style: Reggae
A1 Trenchtown Rock 4:00
A2 Burnin’ And Lootin’ 4:55
A3 Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) 4:24
A4 Lively Up Yourself 4:24
B1 No Woman, No Cry 6:55
B2 I Shot The Sheriff 5:07
B3 Get Up, Stand Up 6:19

Whenever I see a used Bob Marley album I pick it up, if I don’t have it of course, although I only have two others, these being ‘Exodus’ & ‘Natty Dread’, but I don’t see them that often. This was recorded at the Lyceum, London 18th July 1975 and I think, though can’t be sure, that this is where the ‘No Woman, No cry’ single was taken from, which was a chart hit here in the UK, although I could be wrong about that.

It’s a great set, not a single track on it that isn’t a classic. I’ve listened to side one and it’s wonderful. It was £5.00, and well worth it.


Running Total: £17

Bring Back The Old Grey Whistle Test

I miss OGWT, there is nothing like it on TV today, in fact, music in general is sadly under represented on TV nowadays. BBC Four and Sky Arts have the odd programme that is worth a watch but so much is a load of talking heads being nostalgic interspersed with too short clips. MTV should re-brand itself, Music Television it is not.

OGWT was the album version of Top of the Pops. The 45’s appeared on TOTP but it was 33 1/3 on OGWT and much the better for it. The first time I ever saw the show was in the Seventies, when presented by ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, who it is fair to say, had difficulties with the punk scene around 1977 as it developed on independent label 45’s on bob_1943392cnot on the major labels, and not albums. He left in 1978, or was more likely moved on, to be replaced by Annie Nightingale, who I thought did a marvellous job of presenting the show. Not so her replacements though. From 1982 the show was presented variously by  Andy Kershaw, David Hepworth, Mark Ellen and Richard Skinner but I never really took to them. Not that there was anything I could put my finger on about them exactly, I think it was more to do with it being different from what I had first seen and I never really got used to it.

There were some amazing performances on this show, the sort of thing you couldn’t really see anywhere else at the time. I put the following forward as an example (and don’t forget, there were only 3 TV channels available in 1973):

Where else could you see this? I would suggest nowhere. I had a look at a 1973 top 30 chart run down, 29 white acts and the Detroit Spinners at number 10 (Gary glitter was number 1, oh dear) and not just that, the style of music wasn’t really represented either, along with others. Here’s the chart run down which you can see for yourself if you like:

Although unless you are already immune to the cheesiness of Tony Blackburn it might be better not to watch it.

There is a huge amount of music out there currently which is massively under represented. I know we have youtube and other places to view things now, but I have always liked a show, properly structured, along the lines of ..Later With Jools Holland but including some documentary and on location films. The OGWT could really fill that gap.

Here are some performances from the show that I’ve liked, not all of them, there are loads, just some:

There’s a list of who was on which show here if you are interested:



What’s in the bag (93)

After recent very sparse pickings in the used vinyl crates locally I had much better luck at the weekend after finding 6 albums that were worth buying, IMG_0363all of which will appear here at some point, but the first is the one I’m listening to now, Bob Marley – Natty Dread. There it is playing in the picture.

This copy is a bit crackly between tracks but no skips, jumps or major flaws and for £4 I won’t be complaining. I can’t say when this copy was released, (well, I probably could but that feels like too much effort today) but the original was 1974, when I was 7 years old, so it could actually be 40 years old and it’s in fine condition for that age (unlike myself!)

Side one

1. “Lively Up Yourself”
2. “No Woman, No Cry”
3. “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)”
4. “Rebel Music (3 O’clock Roadblock)”

Side two

5. “So Jah Seh”
6. “Natty Dread”
7. “Bend Down Low”
8. “Talkin’ Blues”
9. “Revolution”

I would think that most people would have heard ‘No woman, No Cry” but probably not this original version, which has a different tempo to the live version that most people will have heard. I like this one, but it does feel a little odd as I’m much more used to the live one.

This album marked the transition from ‘The Wailers’ to ‘Bob Marley & The Wailers’ and was the first to feature the “I-Threes”, a female vocal trio that included Bob’s wife, Rita Marley, along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt. It also marked the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.

Having mostly known only two Marley albums, those being ‘Exodus’ and the compilation ‘Legend’ this, to me, is like listening to a new release, which makes me a very lucky chap! There were so many albums that I wanted to own and listen to from the late 60’s all the way up to the 90’s that I just couldn’t afford at the time and being able to not only re-discover these albums but actually discover them now, so many years later, is just wonderful. I definitely have to get a copy of Exodus though, as ‘Natural Mystic’ is probably one of my favourite tracks of all time.

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