Fever-induced Guilty Pleasure of the Week: Bryan Adams: Reckless NEAR MINT 1984 A2/B2 UK LP

Let me tell you a story:  I have had this weird recurring illness over the last 30 months that our finest medical minds are still unable to diagnose.  It has a myriad of symptoms that come and go at will but the one absolute is an extremely high temperature at night that causes weird sub-hallucinatory  waking/sleeping dreams.

I am currently in the throes of this illness and, 48 hours ago, dreamt all night about Bryan Adams – and about ‘Summer of 69’ in particular. I awoke about about a dozen times and each time realised I had dreamt another piece to an imaginary ‘guilty pleasure’ review for this blog. At about 4am I decided to get up and, using my phone and the Google voice typing facility, rambled the whole review into my phone and onto a word document. I then when back to bed and slept soundly, having got the Adams out of me.

Yesterday afternoon I stumbled across the word document. I honestly have no idea where most of the ideas came from, but I love it for its utter madness. I thought I would edit it and post it here but I read it out word for bonkers word to Helen last night and she said that I should post it exactly how it was recorded.

So here goes (lack of punctuation, google misunderstanding certain words included):

 

 

Now this is a weird one I’m not really sure about the guilty pleasure aspects as in the title as I don’t really believe in guilty Pleasures I just believe in music and f*** what you think and f*** being cool I’ve never been cool and now we care about being cool anyway I’m not a Bryan Adams fan never have been never will be but I kind of like this album well I like the singles anyway it kind of reminds me of summer and it reminds me of Good Times and I like the Summer of 69 just like everybody else does 

When we’re in Thailand recently there are always bar bands doing covers to cheer up the white he’s in the audience who want a little bit of Thai culture but with a little bit of music as well and every single band seems to do a version of Summer of 69 and also every single ban does a version of f****** Zombie by The Cranberries and I f****** hate that song more than most songs ever release so I’ll say no more about that one

Anyway back to this album and the singles cos this album is like a warm comfy blanket which kind of envelops you makes you feel ok you can’t really hate it you know it’s comfy and it’s lovely it’s like heroin really help pop heroin for the soul but anyway back to the f****** music Summer of 69 is one of those songs that everyone knows and everyone kind of you know sort of each likes I like it because it just reminds me of you know summer and also because my lovely wife Helen always smiles and nods ahead if you’re on holiday and she hears it and she’s had a few glasses of wine it makes her smile and a thinner makes her smile makes me smile as well

I’ve kind of made this whole album a guilty pleasure of the week when in fact I’ve never actually heard the rest of songs I know this singles and I know kids wanna rock was that a single I can’t remember but I know nothing about the other tracks whatsoever you know. You need to hear anymore because those that kind of sums it all up maybe one of the other album tracks is fantastic but you know maybe there a bit you know s*** so I’ll say no more about that

This particular copy the omitted lovely lovely condition so if you want to copy this is probably the best one to get although you know it’s probably been reissued for record store day at some point in light blue and green vinyl a limited edition of 2000 and cost in like 30 quid and probably sold out on record store day and there are copies in people’s homes sitting there Gathering dust and they thought they make money on eBay for after record store day but sadly everyone realised it’s a f****** Bryan Adams album and then get it for a couple of quid in a record shop anyway.

This is an original copy in lovely condition so cut bit more than a couple of quid but you know you’ll like it if you like that sort of thing. I’ve never actually bought a Bryan Adams record and fact that’s a lie I have bought of Bryan Adams record I bought the f****** horrible single everything I do I do for you for my first wife while before we were married because you know I was in love and all that well unfortunately that marriage didn’t turn out fantastic and I wonder if she still got the record I imagine she probably smashed it a long long time ago you know with good reason it’s a terrible record and a record no one ever needs to hear.

I don’t really know anything else about Bryan Adams part from he seems a nice guy Canadian pock Marked face and you no kind of a sort of cut Price Bruce Springsteen or more like cut Price Rick Springfield really I suppose if you know what I mean but anyway f*** it I don’t know I don’t know basically are the reason I’m writing this is because I dreamt this article tonight I was ill at the moment and I’m having really weird nights where I keep waking up every 20 minutes and everytime I woke up I started thinking of Summer of 69 for no reason whatsoever and everytime I woke up I wrote a bit more of this review in my head so what I’m writing now is sort of like what I came up with in a sort of hallucinogenic temperature control controlled poorly poorly boy kind kind of sleeplessness sleep deprived weirdness you know so if this makes little sense blame it on the illness or blame It on the Boogie

That’s all I’ve got to say about this

I don’t really have much to say and appreciate the haven’t really said much anyway although there’s a lot of words been used but I’ve got my first since I got my first  and anyway I didn’t get my first six string down at the five and dime I got my first guitar which was Pink down in the shop in Reading and I was s*** at playing it I’ve still got it in my attic and a look at it every now and again and think about the rock star I could have been if I could have been arsed to learn to play it properly

Story of my life really

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Update – 04/08/2018

 

 

Just uploaded – a veritable smogasbord of the good, the bad and the downright bloody awful of the 7″ World. There’s some great soul, some brilliant disco, some splendid synth pop and also some right ole shite.

I don’t judge buyers and have been doing this long enough to know that taste is unguessable so feel free to purchase without judgement because I love all my customers – unless, of course, Tommy Robinson wants to buy something…

 

 

Slade:  C’est La Vie    1982  7″
Lou Reed:  Sweet Jane   1974  U.S   7″
Paul Dale Band:   Alright On The Night   1981  Clear vinyl   7″
Living Colour:  Cult of Personality    1988  Near Mint   7″
Living Colour:  Love rears its ugly head    1990  EX+   7″
UB40:  The way you do the things you do   1991  EX   7″
The Perfect Disaster:   Time To Kill   Near Mint  7″
Penny Ford:   Change Your Wicked Ways  EX    7″
Mtume:   Breathless    Promo   1986  EX+     7″
Sandy McLelland & The Backline:   Like A Hurricane   1978  EX   7″
The Mixtures:   The Pushbike Song   1970  Australian   7″
Two Little Boys/Court of King Caractacus: 1970 MFP Childrens  7″
Hank Mizell:   Jungle Rock   1976  Charly   7″
Fleetwood Mac:  Albatross     1972  EX+     7″
Terra Cotta:   To Be Near You   1978  NWOBHM  self released  EX  7″
The Emotions:   Flowers (Remix)  1990  EX    7″
The Force:  Shout    1987  EX+     7″
R.A.F:  Woman Like you   1986  EX+  Aura   7″
Terry Oldfield:  Theme From  John Silver’s Return To Treasure Island   7″
Swimming With Sharks:   Careless Love   EX   7″
Swimming With Sharks:   No Longer Friends    EX+  PROMO    7″
The Wurzels:  Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)   1976  EX+   7″
The Wurzels:  Farmer Bill’s Cowman   1977  EX+   7″
The Wurzels:  The Tractor Song   1978  EX+   7″
Adge Cutler & The Wurzels:  Scrumpy & Western    1967  EX   7″
Dylan Thomas:  Reading Ballad Of The Long-legged Bait   1959  EX+  7″
Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel):  Make me smile  1975  EX  7″
Stoney And Meatloaf:   What You See Is What You Get   1971  U.S   7″
Santos:   Your Wish Is My Command   1989  EX+   7″
Jocelyn Brown:   Freedom   1990  PROMO  Near Mint 7″  + press release
Miquel Brown:  So many men so little time  Promo 7″  + postcard
LaTour:   People Are Still Having Sex     EX+   7″
The Mission:  Like a child again  EX+  7″
Gary Numan:  Music for Chameleons   1982  EX+   7″
Gary Numan:  I die You die  1980  EX+   7″
Thunder:  Gimme some lovin’   1990  Near Mint    7″
Gross Brothers:   Keep On Dance Forever  1979    Portugal  EX+     7″
Stranglers:  Golden Brown   1982    EX   7″
Richard Hartley/Michael Reed Orchestra:  Music Of Torvill & Dean    EX+    7″
Yannis Markopoulos:   Who Pays The Ferryman?   1977  EX   7″
Hooray And The Henrys:   All Stuck Up   1983   Near Mint    7″
Paul McCartney:  Spies Like Us   1985  EX+     7″
Paul McCartney:  Pipes of Peace   1983  EX     7″
Paul McCartney:  Only Love Remains   1986  EX     7″
Paul McCartney:  Take It Away  1982  EX     7″
Paul McCartney:  No More Lonely Nights   1984  EX+     7″
C + C Music Factory:  Things That Make You Go Hmmm…  Near Mint UK   7″
C + C Music Factory:  Just a touch of love  Near Mint UK   7″
The Rubber Ducks:   Pop Club Convoy   1976  Daily Mirror  7″
Cover Up:  Love the one you’re with   1985   7″    Asia
Leon Haywood:   Party  1977  DEMO   EX+   7″
Willie Alexander & Boom Boom Band: You’ve Lost… 1978  DEMO   EX+   7″
Everything but the girl:  Twin Cities  Near Mint  Promo  7″
E-Zee Possee:  Breathing Is E-Zee   EX+    7″
Carl Cox:   I Want You (Forever)  1991  Near Mint    7″
Shooter:   Moneymaker   1978   EX+  DEMO Powerpop    7″
Brothers In Rhythm:   Such A Good Feeling   1991  Near Mint   7″
Kings Of The Sun:   Black Leather     Near Mint    Promo  7″
Frances Nero:   Footsteps Following Me    UK PROMO  7″
Frances Nero:   Making my dreams real    Near Mint   UK PROMO  7″
Go Fundamental:   People On The Top Floor   EX+    7″
Kalin Twins: When    1982  Near Mint Old Gold    7″
Champs Boys:   Tubular Bells   1976   Near Mint  7″

 

Amanda Cooper:   Wasted Chances   1990  EX+   7″  
Slow Bongo Floyd:  More than Jesus   1991  Near Mint   7″  

Cassette(s) of the Week: 6 fantastic Colin Potter tapes

Apparently, according to various newspaper articles and hipster blogs, the cassette is on the way back – just like in all those boring blogs about vinyl that have been buzzing around for the last few years. 

Now, just like vinyl, we all know that cassettes never really went away – they have been consigned to a dusty attic but people didn’t get rid of them in the way that they did with vinyl – mainly because most of them were worth bugger all.

 

 

Colin Potter released all these splendid lumps of Krauty electronica back in the early ’80s but they were reissued for Cassette Store Day(!) in 2014 in a limited edition of 60. When these flew out the doors in a matter of seconds another 60 of each were produced with different coloured inlays/tape labels, and this is the full collection here. The individual titles are ‘The Scythe’, ‘A Gain’, ‘Two Nights‘, ‘The Where House‘, ‘Here‘ & ‘The Ghost Office‘ and all come massively highly recommended by me.

 

There was a thriving DIY tape culture for this type of thing in the early ’80s and the importance of the humble cassette in the post punk era cannot be overstated – the simple process of recording and copying the tape meant a huge amount of bedroom musicians found their music getting exposure all over the World.

This is, of course, much easier to do nowadays with the internet, file sharing and the ease of the  CDr but this is where it all started – so jump on board and get yerself a bit of musical history……or just grab yerself some fucking great music.

Record of the week: Richard Youngs – Arrow Ltd Preserved Sound LP/CD

 

This only arrived this morning but I have lived with it on constant rotation all day whilst sorting out the large delivery of noodles* that were also delivered at the same time, as well as a few hundred dreary 7″s that I have been putting off sorting for weeks. When you read the description of the album:

Recorded especially for Preserved Sound in Hebden​ Bridge, ​Arrow is sound of Richard Youngs alone at the piano, embellished with sparse drums and an old organ. This collection of solo improvisations is all about capturing the moment – that piano and that afternoon in Hebden Bridge.
“I sat down at the piano and just played,” says Richard. “No preconceptions, nothing worked out. I wasn’t trying to achieve anything other than to enjoy playing the piano.” “There was also an organ in the room, so there are touches of that. I then took these back to Glasgow and knocked it into shape – a few overdubs, nothing drastic.”

you could be forgiven for feeling that the album is as much a noodle-fest as my kitchen but, in reality, it is far away from that (thankfully!).  There are  layer upon layer of sounds, instruments and harmonies on top of the piano improvisations and it is these other elements that keep the level of interest high – and the level of enjoyment even higher. It occasionally sounds thrown together haphazardly, but this is no bad thing – as it keeps you guessing as to what exactly is gonna happen next and rarely follows a linear pattern that one would normally expect from similarly ‘improvised’ piano based albums.

 

It also sounds like he was having a lot of fun making it.

This is yet another fantastic release from Preserved Sound and follows their normal high degree of artistic quality control of both the music and the hand assembled packaging. Limited to 300 numbered copies on both Vinyl & CD, this one promises to disappear pretty rapidly as it’s such a magnificent piece of work.

At times (especially during side 2) it sounds like 2 Steve Reich albums are playing at the same time whilst somebody sits in the corner gently wrestling with a piano – and you can’t get a much higher recommendation than that can you?

 

 

 

*Re: Noodles:    i’m not running a chinese takeaway or anything – I just eat a lot of noodles and stumbled upon a fantastic website catering to all my noodle-based needs and ended up buying 70+ packets from them. Go here if you’re interested:

https://www.orientalmart.co.uk

Record of the week: Massive Attack ‎– Heligoland NEAR MINT deluxe 3XLP 2010


20+ years ago I worked in a Bristol Housing Association and Massive Attack’s Grant ‘Daddy G’ Marshall was one of our tenants, which I always thought was taking the piss rather – being as he was a big top pop star and all that.

 

My housing-related gripes aside, I was a massive (!) fan of the band (still am actually) and this is my favourite album of theirs – featuring vocals from Tunde Adebimpe, Martina Topley-Bird, Horace Andy, Guy Garvey, Damon Albarn and the absolutely gorgeous Hope Sandoval (who called me a cunt once, in a case of mistaken identity!).

This is the very rare 1st pressing 3 disc edition with the following special selling points:

Housed in a unique black-glitter coated triple gatefold sleeve, this deluxe edition includes:
• Two 180-gram heavyweight vinyl records, containing the 10 tracks comprising ‘Heligoland’, crafted on the legendary EMI 1400 in Hayes, Middlesex.
• Exclusive bonus 180-gram heavyweight 12″ vinyl, containing four additional new Massive Attack tracks and remixes
• Exclusive 28-page booklet, featuring new Robert Del Naja artwork and Massive Attack tour photography.
• CD, containing the full album, housed in a black pochette, with a black-glitter coated cover.

 

Cassette(s) of the week: 3 Lovely box sets from Folklore Tapes

3 brilliant box sets from the incredible Folklore Tapes label have just been added:

  1.  The Lost Tapes Record Club ‎– EP03

Limited to 75 copies.  Numbered box set in an edition of 75 copies includes green cassette, inlay card, berry, photo slide in a sealed envelope and unused download card.

 

Part 3 of a series of four EPs curated by members of the band Clinic and presented by the Lost Tapes Record Club. Containing tracks pertaining to a unique project based around ethnographic radiolore and  surrounding the Dorset town of Symonsbury, showcasing a patchwork of randomised recordings of unknown vintage origin.

Presented in bespoke embossed boxes with unique conceptual inserts, echoing previous playful ‘intermedia’ works and happenings from the New York based Fluxus art group during the 1960s/70s.

 

Tracklist:

1. Nuclear War by Urban Collector (Rubber Jonathan OST)
2. Five Four by Professor Isaac Turton
3. Hotel by Laurie Carroll
4. Stylophone Interlude
5. Resistance by Oscar Boothroyd
6. Harvest Festival Interlude
7. Sniggery Wood by The Burrymen Four
8. Heartbeat by JellyRoll

 

2) Folklore Tapes Calendar Customs: Fore Hallowe’en

 Limited to 250 copies.

Box Contains:
Orange Cassette
24 page booklet
Poster
Pumpkin Seed
Unused Download Code

Folklore Tapes is the perfect label to address the observance of Samhain, as its primary focus is the preservation and dissemination of buried tales.  Folklore is more than just stories; at times it contains hidden truth.  The label’s last release, Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor, brought the point home through copious research and beguiling music.  Their latest release does the same via a 24-page booklet and the contributions of ten recording artists.  As the first installment of the Calendar Customs series, it’s a clever start, in line with the label’s mood of mystery.  Just don’t expect a happy Christmas tape anytime soon.

The booklet is a delight, filled with black-and-white photography and Hallowe’en lore.  One may read about the origins of the jack o’lantern, the symbolism of the female vampire, and a method through which one might identify one’s true love with an apple and a mirror.  Care to know which members of your parish are slated to die over the next year?  This tape may come in handy.  The same is true should one need a spell to counteract witchcraft.  Believe you don’t need such things?  Fine, don’t order the tape.  It’s easy enough to dismiss such tales as superstitions from the time fore Hallowe’en.  

As might be expected from a multi-contributor work, the selections are a bit uneven, but the overall effect is powerful.  The footsteps in the forest of “Domnhuil Dhu” are evocative ~ until interrupted by a seal-like voice warbling, “God is dead.”  Although true to the subject, a subtler touch might have been more effective.  And the sweetness of “Derwyn Adwy’r Meirwon” undercuts the otherwise unsettling nature of the collection.  But these tracks feature early in the mix, allowing a subtler, more disturbing spirit to enter midway.  Ian Humberstone’s “The Summons of Death” is a great mood-setter, dominated by a sinister wind in the first half, dark bass and psychedelic guitar in the second.  Eva Bowan’s vocals on “Aos Si” sound as if they have been stolen from the fairies, who would not have recognized field recordings, regarding them as dark magic.  While such creatures often aided the living, they were known to be fierce when provoked.

Field recordings, filtered choirs and chanting children join hands on “Punkie Night”, an always unsettling combination.  As the tape proceeds to unwind, one feels the spirit world drawing near.  Ritualistic elements descend like incantations; sacrifices are thrown in the fire; singing ceases.  The night is ceded to the spirits, some seeking revenge, others peace.  Side B lacks vocals.  With human elements removed, the spirits are free to frolic (Bokins’ “Taskmaster, Trickster, Troublemaker”), to haunt via magnetic tape (Children of Alice’s “The Liminal Space”), and to rattle chains, wind music boxes and spin bicycle wheels (Mary Stark’s “Nos”).  Annabelle has nothing on these creatures.  The past doesn’t care if we consider it folklore; malevolence will have its way.  So if you feel a chill on the back of your neck this evening, don’t worry; it was probably just a vengeful spirit.  (Richard Allen, acloserlisten.com)

 

3) Lancashire Folklore Tapes Volume 1: Pendle, 1612

 limited to 200 copies, the tapes are packaged in a screen printed heritage library buckram box which houses information and ephemera related to the trials: a map, photographs, an essay by the curators, and a dried nettle in glassvine envelope as well as an unused download code; also includes handwritten note from Rob St John

Curated by Rob St John and David Chatton Barker, ‘Pendle, 1612’ is the first release through the new Lancashire Folk Tapes imprint, following the continuing Devon Folklore series of limited edition tape releases exploring British folklore.

This release is a commemoration and remembrance

 

 to the Pendle Witch trials – a reminder of the rich, dark and entangled histories that are increasingly paved over and forgotten by contemporarycelebrations.

Tracklisting:

RSJ
1. Drcarlsonalbion And The Hackney Lass – Thee Betrothal of Alizon Device.
2. Dean McPhee – Rule of Threes.
3. Tom Western – Alice Nutter.
4. David A Jaycock – Black Malkin Tower.
5. Rob St.John & The Coven Choir – The Mandrake.

DCB
1. Bridget Hayden – Music In the Rocks.
2. Magpahi – The Power And The Glory.
3. Mary Arches – Hex Snoxums.
4. N.Racker – A New Maleficium.
5. Joe Duddell – Pendle Elegy.

Record of the week EXTRA: Jonas Reinhardt ‎– Conclave Surge ltd edition LP

I listen to a LOT of meditative minimalist electronic music – which is a good thing, as I’d be a bloody nightmare to be around if I spent my life surrounded by bouncy happy groovy music. This helps keep me relatively grounded, relatively chilled and relatively sane but sometimes I need an extra layer of frisson on top of my ice cream cone of minimalism – a great big chocolate flake of extra sounds to bounce me out of my daily trance.

I honestly don’t know where the fuck I was going with that metaphor but I’d like to think this fantastic Jonas Reinhardt album is a veritable 99 of ice creamy musical excitement (oh shit, I’m going off on that tangent again…). It has the beautiful electronic droney minimalism as its bedrock but chucks slabs of noise, loops and rhythms on top/underneath/by the side.

I love the fact that it continuously surprises me with the musical twists and turns, even though I’ve played it about 40 times and it seems to change as it moves along – like it’s evolving by the day. It is released on the always fantastic Deep Distance label, the older Brother to the equally great Polytechnic Youth label – and i’d recommend the shit out of pretty much EVERYTHING on those labels.

And now I want an ice cream. A Hockings ice cream in fact (local Devon ice cream), with a flake and a big dollop of clotted cream on top. More so than I want to write about music, that’s for sure – so I’m off now…

 

Record of the Week: Bark Psychosis: Black Meat Orig UK 2005 Ltd NEAR MINT 10″

Ah, Bark Psychosis – the band for which the term ‘Post Rock’ was invented and the band who introduced me to the art of silence in music.

I first discovered the majestic music on the B side of a Spacemen 3 flexi in the late ‘80s and, to be honest, I thought they were a bit shit – noise for noise sake and, as a huge fan of Swans, they sounded like pretenders to the noise throne.

It was the 4th single that blew my tiny mind though. ‘Scum’ was a 21-minute-long track where very little happens for a very long time, and where the acoustics of the crypt (where it was recorded) are as important as the sparse instrumentation. It remains, to this day, one of my all-time favourite pieces of music.

I saw them live only once, just after their sublime debut album (‘Hex’) and it was on the sad day that Labour’s John Smith died (I remember distinctly that that they introduced ‘Blue’ as ‘Blues for John Smith’). They played by the light of a Super-8 projector and made a huge noise that sounded nothing like the LP they were promoting. They were outstanding.

This record was released 11 years after the aforementioned gig, when the band were mostly a solo project of Graham Sutton, but still displays how utterly inventive they/he was – trumpets and jazz drumming and half-heard vocals. Limited to 500 copies, and I’ve got 3 of ‘em…

 

Latest Update 10/05/18

Just added – a veritable feast of gorgeous LP’s, 12″s, 10″s and weird shaped discs to delight and excite even the grumpiest of people.

From Blondie to George Michael via Sandie Shaw & Commodores white labels.

From Bark Psychosis, Liars, Bardo Pond, Shake and Oscar Peterson 10″s to Venus Fly Trap, Nina Simone, Thrum & Gumball 12″s via Runaways, Spearmint, Queen & War of the Worlds albums.

Plus discs shaped like pigs, crosses, arrows and cubes.

All life is here:

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Record of The Week: Blondie: AutoAmerican 1980 NM JAPANESE LP + OBI/INSERT/POSTER/STICKER

 

Debbie Harry was my first crush (as she was of most boys in the late ’70s) and, looking at this album – and especially the poster enclosed, has brought back all those fantastic boyhood memories. My Brother had a poster of her on our bedroom but I like to think that I ‘enjoyed’ it more…

40 years after those first forays into, ahem, ‘romance’ Debbie Harry still holds a very special place in my heart – I still hold out a little bit of hope that the Debbie Harry of the ‘Heart of Glass’ video will come over, throw me over her shoulder and drag me away to her pad…

I’ve had less achievable dreams to be honest, although not many…

Oh yeah – this is a lovely copy of a Japanese pressing with all the innards enclosed and so I should really talk more about that but, to be honest, memories of her are much sweeter than pontificating about the superior sound quality or the original unused sticker or the obi strip or the foldout lyric sheet.

…or the poster

 

…that I may end up keeping for myself.