This Vinyl News piece with lots of opinion thrown in is very late indeed but I was determined to ‘get them out there’
THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE
…is the new album by writer/illustrator, Charlie Mackey (Penguin). Actually, it’s an audiobook aimed at all ages featuring, narrated by him with a Max Richter soundtrack accompanying a new composition via Isobel Waller-Bridge. Bespoke sounds of nature (it was recorded in a barn) add flavour. And it’s rather sweet.
USA – https://amzn.to/3ks6cRq
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3nbsx7M
Merci Miles! (Rhino) is a double live album in a single sleeve, recorded at the Jazz a Vienne Festival, France on 1 July 1991. It includes Penetration and Jailbait, written by Prince. Varied tempos touch on jazz funk, jazz rock and introspection. Miles packs in a host of vibes here.
USA – https://amzn.to/3qvneBU
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/30brdZn
Three from the Spanish audiophile label sees the release of Venezuelan rocker, The Love Depression from 1968. Fuzz guitars combine with aggressive garage rock.
USA – https://amzn.to/3ohsA0Q
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3C8rmdd
60s Peruvian rock, anyone? Los Teddy’s Doce Psicoéxitos mixes Stones and Doors covers with originals covered in blues rhythms. Atmospheric with fine guitar work.
USA – https://amzn.to/30eGgl1
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3HgMKAX
Included in Sebastião Tapajos & Pedro Dos Santos’s 1972 release is a fascinating combination of often delicate acoustic guitar and free-form percussion.
USA – https://amzn.to/3Dn6Yq8
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3kuayY8
The Only Way We Know To Have Fun By England’s Council Of Legislation And Governing Body Of Hyper Real Simulations And Constructs (cslasha.bandcamp.com) features “medieval speedcore, esoteric grime and horse riding ambient”.
Full of c/a’s collated singles and EPs from 2020, it combines chaos, melodicism and spectacle, like a million dandelion seeds suddenly blown into the wind.
BUY HERE: cslasha.bandcamp.com/album/the-only-way-we-know-to-have-fun-w-ecolagbohrsac2021
Remastered, spanning five discs and featuring his mid-70s solo work, 1975-1978 (Warner) features Atlantic Crossing, A Night on The Town, Footloose & Fancy Free, Blondes Have More Fun and Encores featuring rarities in a er, Celtic cover. Stirring honest nests? Rod? Nah.
USA – https://amzn.to/3qMgikj
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3n8h6NW
Newly released, jazz drummer, Florian Arbenz works here with American trumpeter Hermon Mehari and Brazilian guitarist, Nelson Veras on the avant-leaning Conversation #1. Offers plenty of room for improv and melodicism.
BUY HERE: florianarbenz.bandcamp.com/album/conversation-1-condensed
Three from the UK label (www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk) begins with alt-pop, Drugstore’s Songs for the Jet Set (2001). ‘Alt’ because of the breathy, textured voice of Isabel Monteiro. She always sounded like a passerby, singing in microphone range. ‘Other’ from the group.
USA – https://amzn.to/3qSW0p3
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3HCHKa1
Also look out for Showaddywaddy’s Rock’n’roll Jukebox new compilation on pink vinyl and stuffed with hits and Jimmy Castor’s The Jimmy Castor Story (1972). An R&B singer, he could belt a song but in a soothing manner.
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3Dz4Zzt
Anti-Britpop? Manchester-based house, dub, reggae band, Audiolab ploughed their own mid-90s furrow. Here, they offer their self-titled album (1996) on white vinyl via Demon.
USA – https://amzn.to/3qTPVZG
There’s a Massive Attack-kinda thing going on, more so with Fireworks City perhaps but this is cross-over music to the max.
…presents his new LP, Sound Killa Mindset (Tenwest/Scalpaz) with a reggae state on mind but with hip hop flavours on the periphery and plenty of clever rhyming.
USA – https://amzn.to/3cz9qy0
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3FzSsMO
The Heavens’ is Sedibus four tracker. Sedibus is basically The Orb Redux. Actually Mr Orb, Alex Paterson collaborating with Andy Falconer (who was part of the Orb from 1991-1994). And you know what? It sounds completely beautiful: dub, electronica, ambient, samples, coloured inner, green vinyl, what more do you want?
USA – https://amzn.to/3cx93nT
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3nyG7SJ
On the We Are Buy Bodies label Eboni Band’s self-titled LP was originally released in 1981, combines musicians from the Ivory Coast and, would you believe, ex-Motown talent. Combining musical cultures, the music within offers 70s-era funk, pastoral musings and joyous contemplation.
BUY HERE: we-are-busy-bodies.myshopify.com/collections/all
BRAIN DAMAGE MEETS BIG YOUTH
A new collaboration between French dubsters, Brain Damage (Samuel Clayton Jr. and Martin Nathan) and the Kingston, Jamaica DJ, Big Youth. The team up cost Clayton his life, a victim of Covid.
There’s plenty of jazz and blues tones in the mix here that hang in the air like tuneful clouds.
USA – https://amzn.to/3HvqNOC
EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3nFR98Z
THE PROBLEM OF LEISURE
A compilation covering Gang of Four songs featuring Gary Numan (oh, yes), The Dandy Warhols, Killing Joke, Helmet and more. There’s plenty of variation and interpretation here. There’s no shovelware. Only life.
USA – https://amzn.to/3DDRuyj
Country Music Jamboree is a limited-edition (500 copies) 10” release, only available from the Bear Family website (www.bear-family.com). The original version was originally released in Japan, under the Mercury label, in 1960. The original eight tracks are joined by four bonus rarities. Gotta say, this on-going, limited-edition 10” series is pure gold. Keep it up guys!
Energetic and animated jazz from 1959 via sax men, Hal Singer and Kippie Moketsi (We Are Busy Bodies) packs in a swinging party affair onto a single disc on which the guys skip and gambol and squeeze in a heap of quality solos. Classic stuff.
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EUROPE – https://amzn.to/3FtqUIM
Dermot20th November 2021 at 3:42 pm
Paul thank you so much for the heads up on the vinyl edition of ‘THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE’. Stupidly I’d never heard of it. I absolutely love spoken word records. So what did I do? What I usually do. Straight down the mysterious rabbit hole where a world of wonders awaited me. Long story short: I ordered the vinyl from Spindizzy here in Dublin (couldn’t believe they had it in stock!) and my dear wife came back from town with the book! Then I got a confirmation email from Dizzy that the precious vinyl was on the way. Right now I’m sniffling and smiling at the same time as I read the story and wondering how I got here. My, oh my, there is magic in the air after all. Everone from 8 to 80 needs this 😊
Paul Rigby21st November 2021 at 12:12 pm
I’m glad I could be of help there, Dermot. Didn’t know spoken word records were a thing with you. Lovely stuff.
Dermot21st November 2021 at 1:55 pm
That’s right Paul, guilty as charged! I’ve often brought spoken word records to demos and getting weird looks. It’s a great way of ascertaining how the speakers are behaving. Get the voice right and it’s plain selling after that. Here’s some I’m fond of. All, believe it or not, on vinyl. In no particular order:
1. The Clangers – Trunk Records – very little spoken word but the homemade music is charming.
2. Ivor the Engine/Pogles Wood – As above.
3. Toby Litt and Claire Wigfall – The Hare and Along Birdcage Walk. Claire especially has the most wonderful speaking voice – Underwood.
4. Sleepy Hollow with Glenn Close – Rabbit Ears.
5. The Tin Soldier with Jeremy Iron. What an amazing voice – Rabbit Ears.
6. Robert Donat – Favourite Poems. Read at home – Argo.
7. Robert Frost – Reads the Poems of Robert Frost – MCA.
8. Glenda Jackson – The Mind of Emily Dickerson – Argo.
9. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady – Francesca Annis & Leo McKern – Warwick. Leo is absolutely stunning!
10. David Sylvian’s spoken word (Before and Afterlife) on Arve Henrikson’s Cartography – ECM. Again an amazing voice plus recording.
11. Ivor Cutler (The absolute King of Eccentrics.) – Dandruff/Donkey (not strictly spoken word record but close enough) plus Life in a Scotch Sitting Room Vol. 2 – Virgin/Speakout.
Paul Rigby22nd November 2021 at 1:42 pm
Nice list, Dermot – I also love spoken word productions (I’m a big old time radio fan too).
Dermot23rd November 2021 at 7:48 pm
Thanks Paul. Would love to see you own list 😊
BTW an inexcusable omission are two people who introduced me to spoken word world in the first place. Elvis (Are You Lonesome Tonight) and the incomparable Grame Edge of the Moody Blues – what a magnificent speaking voice; “Cold hearted orb that rules the night……”
Paul Rigby24th November 2021 at 11:14 am
Off the top of my head? A lot of comedy records, some US radio adaptations for feature films, children’s fairy tales (Bing Crosby voiced, mostly) and a few oddities I can’t recall now. It’s actually on my to-do list to delve more into that area. I’d like to grab more of the weird and wonderful. Documentaries, for example. I noted a few of those I’d like to buy in.
Dermot24th November 2021 at 2:12 pm
Thanks for that Paul. The weird and wonderful indeed 😊
BTW my vinyl edition of ‘The Boy,the mole,the fox and the horse’ arrived earlier this morning. When I sat down and listened to Side One I honestly thought my system had morphed into a giant BBC valve radio. My, oh my, what a beautiful deep voice has our Charlie. Love the accent too. As for the very much restrained and underscored music? Hats off to Mr. Richter……
Paul Rigby24th November 2021 at 5:06 pm
Yes indeed. It’s been nicely produced. Glad you like it, Dermot.