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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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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…

 

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.

Record of the Week: Neil Young: Broken Arrow Very Rare 1996 European 2XLP

The third brilliant life affirming Neil Young & Crazy Horse studio LP in a row (after ‘Ragged Glory’ & ‘Sleeps with Angels’), this 1996 album suffered from lack of success due to lack of media interest (it was all late period Britpop rubbish around these parts at the time). When you give it some time you actually realise that it’s a fuzzed out masterpiece showing Neil & da Horse at their rough rockin’ best – dirty and scuzzy and bloody fantastic. Apart from the last track, which is a live track seemingly recorded on a broken cassette recorder inside a bucket of water in the room next door to the concert hall.

 

As was the case in the mid/late ’90s, this had barely a release on vinyl at all (more a rumour than an actual release to be honest – some studio exec at Reprise read the small print on Neil’s contract demanding a vinyl release and put it out just to shut the old buzzard up) and so is pressed on ultra thin vinyl that sounds way better than it should (less 180gm, more like Dynaflex+).

Nonetheless, this double album packaged in thin card  non gatefold sleeve (with a  insert that doesn’t really warrant a mention) also includes a non CD track recorded during the ‘Ragged Glory’ sessions – ‘Interstate’ and is absolutely fantastic. It beggars belief why it wasn’t included in the first place, especially as the aforementioned crap sounding live track could’ve been left in the box marked ‘sub standard bootleg shite’.

But that’s Neil for you – doing what the hell he wants how he wants and when he wants, and that’s why we love him. The ragged old goat. 

 

Record of the Week: Yagya: Rigning 2009 EX++ LP

I’m a big fan of dub and a much smaller fan of techno…but put ‘em together as dub techno and I practically fall over with joy and excitement. There’s something about that subtle warmth of the bass and underwater-sounding beats meshing with the colder clinical techno elements that really connects with my synapses. I think it’s all to do with the way my brain is wired as moves me beautifully.

This album is one of my top 5 dub techno releases because it also adds a distinctly melancholy element to the music and I bloody love a bit of sadness in music as I’m a firm believer that happiness is an overrated concept best enjoyed but idiots. (I was a big Joy Division fan when I was 13 so what sort of chance did I have?).

 

‘Rigning’ is Icelandic for ‘Rain’ and the whole album feels like you are watching the rain from inside when you really need to go out and have fun, but being weirdly contented with your position. Malcolm, my dog, hates going out in the rain and, when I’ve got him ready for his morning walk and he sees the rain he will look up at me in a defiantly sad manner – as if to say “you go, I’m buggered if I’m leaving the house”.

I’d like to think that this is the soundtrack to his thoughts.

Record of the Week: Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? 1979 Picture Disc LP

In late 1979 I had just started big school and my pencil case was already covered with logos of the Pistols, Clash and Sham 69 when I met another kid of the same age who told me that his favourite band was Devo. The name was vaguely familiar from the pages of Smash Hits but I didn’t know what they sounded like so he lent me this album. I took it home and played it on my dansette (I wouldn’t get a ‘proper’ record player ‘til Christmas ’79) and instantly hated every second of it. The stupid vocals and stupid rhythms and stupid other sounds just irritated the tits off me and I took it back the next day, telling him that I thought it was ‘alright’ (I was still weighing up cool points so didn’t want to pour scorn on it in case it turned out to be something cool).

Fast forward another 12 years or so and a girlfriend moved in with me, which led to the merging of record collections and the reappearance of this in my life. I remember telling her how much I hated it and she begged me to open my mind and try again, sitting me down and putting it on.


2 minutes into the first track I was hit by a thunderbolt and I suddenly got it – I finally understood what they were trying to do and that the staccato rhythms weren’t as stupid as my 12 year old mind had originally thought. The vocals were still pretty damn goofy but at least the keyboard sounds were more enjoyable than they were in 1979

But I still hated it and told her so (I thought their version of ‘satisfaction’, in particular,  was one of the most irritating pieces of music in existence). The relationship was doomed from that day on.


Now, all these decades later I actually don’t mind it, although I wouldn’t jump at playing it very often – at some point in time I actually ended up with a copy of my own but, for the life of me, can’t recall where it came from. I still feel the same way about ‘satisfaction’ though.

This particular copy is the bee’s knees/mutt’s nuts/pollock’s bollocks edition of this misunderstood (by me) album –being a gorgeous picture disc in a die cut sleeve with original insert AND original flexi (it’s good to see that Virgin used the least 2 audiophile
methods of playback here – 70s picture discs and flexis didn’t exactly produce
crystal clear playback) all in fantastic condition.

So don’t listen to me – get it yourself and be waaaaaay cooler than me.

Latest Update 28/02/2018

We’ve added some brilliant new albums lately – from all genres and all guaranteed to tickle yer musical taste buds. Here’s a selection of some of the hits, misses and downright failures, click on the photo to go to the item:

Faction: Heaven orig EX+ 1990 UK A1/B1 LP

Quickspace (Supersport): Supo Spot orig EX+ 1997 UK Ltd Handmade LP

 

 

 

 

Splinter: The Place I Love orig EX+ 1974 UK A2/B2 front opening LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapeze: You Are The Music We’re Just The Band EX 1972 UK P1/P1 LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guns N Roses: G N’ R Lies orig VG+ 1988 German 1A/1B LP UNCENSORED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free: Tons of Sobs UK A2/B2 Pink I label 2nd pressing 1969 UK LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Ruth: Birds of America ltd edition NEW LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Young Gods: The Young Gods orig EX+ 1987 UK A1/B1 LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fall: Seminal Live orig EX++ 1989 UK A1/B1 LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After The Fire: 80-f NEAR MINT 1980 LP with PROMO PACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Various: Southern Comfort 2 RARE 1983 Minimal Synth Near Mint LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snotty Scotty & the Hankies: S/T Near Mint 1988 Doo-Dah Private press LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Band Of Susans: Here Comes Success orig EX+ 1994 UK A1/B1 LP

The Bluetones: Expecting To Fly orig Near Mint 1996 UK LP + insert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, new things are being added every single day so come see us soon.

Cheers

Phil mono-stere