Brief commentary of vinyl releases from The Doors, Dubstar & Tubby Hayes
I haven’t listened to Dubstar’s music since their 1995 Disgraceful album debut. This new release, One (Northern Writes; dubstarofficial.com), retains Sarah Blackwood’s light, disaffected, singing while cleaning, vocal style plus the background music that resembles the packing you use in a parcel picked up by DHL. Bad then? No, not at all. Almost meditatively detached. Supremely nonchalant pop.
‘The 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Doors’ Waiting for the Sun (Elektra) appears in a book-type binding featuring the original 1968 stereo mix, remastered on vinyl and CD plus 14 rare studio and live cuts.
From the great jazz sax man, What is This Thing Called Love? (Acrobat; www.discovery-records.com) is a 1969 live cut from the Hopbine (a pub-jazz venue in North Wembley, London), previously unreleased performances, left over from a 1986 album, Live 1969 and including Members Only and the title track run at 45rpm. The words ‘nugget’ and ‘gold’ spring to mind.
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