|The Last Bison - Switzerland|
(Mar 18, 2013 - 10:44)
|"Refined lyrics"? Endlessly repeated "Oh Switzerland "?|
Either some critic is having a laugh, or this turgid drivel isn't representative of their output.
|Judie Tzuke - Leaning|
(Nov 29, 2011 - 05:43)
| ecyfoto wrote:|
Channeling Annie Lennox. Nice stuff......
Given that Judie has been releasing music since 1977, when Annie was just starting out with the Tourists, that hardly seems likely.
Despite the massive airplay she's had with "Stay with me till dawn", she's never had the degree of commercial success her incredible voice deserves (for example - supporting Elton John on a US tour, her manager fell out with her record company so her albums weren't available to buy). Guest artists on her albums have included Brian May of Queen, British saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Brand X bass player John Giblin and violinist Nigel Kennedy.
She has her own record label now and has been steadily releasing albums over the years - her daughter Bailey sings too. In addition to her early work (Welcome to the Cruise and Sportscar), albums like Secret Agent, Turning Stones and Queen Secret Keeper are well worth a listen if you like her music.
|John Martyn - Bless The Weather|
(Nov 21, 2011 - 08:13)
| Pyro wrote:|
That album is his finest, IMHO.
*edit* and weren't we ALL better looking in our 20's? And thinner? I know I was!
Love Big John, especially work from that era. But I have to say I prefer the arrangements on "No Little Boy" even over those on "Solid Air" and "One World". Saw him a few times and he could be a cantankerous old sod, but Dear Lord, he could conjure up such incredible music. Undoubtedly one of my very favourite musicians.
|The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony|
(Nov 18, 2011 - 04:19)
| acolt wrote:|
Does Bill have to pay royalties to the Stones whenever he plays this?
The Stones get nothing, despite the lawsuit - which was nothing to do with Mick and Keith (although the song is now credited to them), and everything to do with an avaricious lawyer-type named Allan Klein, whose company ABKCO owns the copyright to all the Stones' 60's material. See the wiki piece on this track for details.
To quote Keith, in an interview with Q magazine: "This is serious lawyer shit".
|The Moody Blues - Gypsy (of a strange and distant time)|
(Apr 19, 2011 - 06:06)
| mapman wrote:|
Cool to hear this played.
Other Moodies songs that should be in the RP rotation:
Minor nit - Forever Autumn was Justin Hayward solo, from Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" album. A bit schmaltzy for my taste, much prefer "Blue Guitar" which he recorded with the members of 10cc as the "Blue Jays".
|Judie Tzuke - Faith|
(Apr 18, 2011 - 09:55)
|Wow, I'd given up all hope of seeing Judie here after having several submissions to the LRC turned down... She now has her own label "Big Moon" and web site. She's best known for the gorgeous "Stay with me 'till dawn" from her first album "Welcome to the Cruise", which gave her some chart success and features on many compilations.|
Have been a fan since uni days (can you tell?!) and her voice is still stunning. So glad to see her make it onto RP. Nice one, whoever got these two tracks onto the playlist!
|John Martyn - May You Never|
(Mar 04, 2010 - 02:44)
| keller1 wrote:|
I discovered John Martyn late in the day, via the web and XFM in Dublin.
This guy was the real deal. If you can lay your hands on the Serendipity
compilation CD you are in for a very, very big musical treat.
There's an excellent double-CD compilation called Sweet Little Mysteries: The Island Anthology which covers the early and middle parts of his career - have to admit that IMO his later output never came close to the magic of his early releases, most especially Solid Air, One World and No Little Boy. I saw him several times but the best I ever heard him play there was just John, his modified acoustic guitar, an Echoplex, and a small PA. Fantastic musician.
|Santana - Put Your Lights On (feat Everlast)|
(Oct 14, 2009 - 01:54)
|Love a lot of Santana's early stuff, and some of his later output ("The Healer" with John Lee Hooker is just outstanding). But he seems to be suffering from a desire - either his or his record company's - to record tracks with artists who have been chosen more for their image than anything they would actually add to the music.|
The wikipedia article on the album says (currently): "The album, conceived by Clive Davis and A&R'd by Pete Ganbarg, was phenomenally successful, eventually selling over 25 million copies worldwide; it is generally seen to have revived Santana's dormant career." So I guess it achieved what was wanted - but I could happily skip the whole album. The signature Santana sound suffers hugely from the absence of keyboards player Tom Coster IMO.
|Camel - The Snow Goose|
(Sep 17, 2009 - 03:43)
| fredriley wrote:|
A definite blast from the past. I used to have this album, and if my memory's not got too many bad sectors it was a concept album based on Paul Gallico's novel about the Dunkirk evacuation in WWII. There's a bit about it at Wikipedia
It was - though apparently Gallico was vehemently anti-smoking and refused to have anything to do with this album, thinking the band were tied in with the tobacco company - he even threatened legal action which is the reason the cover says "Music inspired by...."
|Billy Bragg - The Man in the Iron Mask|
(Apr 07, 2009 - 12:34)
| agnes wrote:|
Horrid, trivial, grating.
And what the hell was that Picardy third all about??!?!
It's not the best song from his early albums (my vote for that would be the beautiful St Swithin's Day - another poignant tale of love gone awry), but it's as well fashioned and expressive as A New England which was successful for Kirsty MacColl. It's a solid 8 for me.
You award 10s to Janis Joplin, Tom Waits and Muddy Waters but you call Bragg "grating"?
|Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing|
(Mar 31, 2009 - 08:00)
| copymonkey wrote:|
Funny you say that, I once heard that among jazz buffs that Benny Goodman is one of the only white men to be considered the best ever on his particular instrument. I don't know if that;'s true—but after hearing this, I'd love to hear his better.
For the "only white men" thing: Stephane Grappelli... Really can't compare him with Goodman, but I don't know a better exponent of jazz violin. A fine keyboards player, too.
Dave (not a jazz buff, but loves the music...)
|Buffalo Tom - Soda Jerk|
(Oct 23, 2008 - 11:07)
|Reminds me somewhat of the English band XTC (Making plans for Nigel, Senses working overtime etc). Not half bad.|
|Terry Allen - Buck Naked|
(Apr 19, 2008 - 04:43)
|Ye gods. Please can't we have Ray Stevens and "The Streak", at least that was quite fun in its own silly way (Ah hollered over to Ethel, Ah said "Don't look Ethel!")...|
|The Pretenders - Kid|
(Mar 31, 2008 - 05:04)
Anyone know what happened to Kid Jensen?
Still DJing, now with Capital Gold in London. You can have him back if you want...
|John Martyn - Bless The Weather|
(Mar 18, 2008 - 18:36)
|"Head and heart", "May you never" and "Glistening Glyndebourne" from this album are superb... I love his early stuff, especially from "Solid Air" and "One World"...|
|Bebel Gilberto - So Nice (Summer Samba)|
(Mar 16, 2008 - 12:42)
|Hadn't heard her before - this is quite pleasant, though not outstanding IMO. There are some nice samples on her website for those who'd like to hear more - "Momento" would be my pick from those I listened to, anyone care to try uploading it?|
|Elton John - Funeral For a Friend - Love Lies Bleeding|
(Jan 19, 2008 - 07:30)
See those platform shoes on the cover art? I had a pair just like that. Mine were Tan instead of Pink, but just as high! Ran across the street in the rain. Slipped and broke my ankle. So much for being cool. Still loved this double LP, though. Some other great tracks are: Roy Rogers, Grey Seal, Social Disease, All The Young Girls Love Alice...
B-b-b-b-b-bennie and the Jets!!!!
|Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up|
(Dec 14, 2007 - 08:29)
So what event or events inspired the lyrics to this song?
Much more close to home. The song was written about the UK in the mid 80s when for some, life was very good but for others, there seemed no prospect of employment and any kind of break out of drudgery and poverty. The song is a reflection of that numbing depression.
|Jeff Beck - Freeway Jam|
(Nov 16, 2007 - 07:24)
First time hearing this song:
Beyond his obvious talent, this song feels horribly dated (awful synthesizer and drum machine). He may be a master, but the composition and production of this song is HORRIBLE. Kick it off the playlist, please!
Someone needs their ears syringed with a fire hose IMO. Keyboards are a (then still fairly new, I think) Fender Rhodes played by the magnificent Max Middleton who also composed the piece. Drums are real, live, honest-to-goodness skins being pounded by Richard Bailey. In isolation this is (merely) excellent, in context it is pure gold - the whole album flows beautifully IMO, helped no doubt by the fact it was produced by George Martin.
|Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up|
(Oct 12, 2007 - 12:48)
I dunno, I guess I am the only one who doesn't get anything but annoyed by the post-genesis PG. What is it about this story, these lyrics, these feelings, that reflect something unpackaged, or real, or just neurally interesting?
I remember when this came out - in my first job after college, doing all right for myself and quite happy with the way the world was, thank you. It played on the radio as I drove into work one morning - and made me really think about the people for whom that era was NOT all right (this struck home in a way the whining UB40's "One in ten" never did - that just annoyed me).
Maybe you had to live through such times to appreciate the sentiment behind the lyrics. Incredibly powerful, stunning song.
|Kristin Hersh - Your Ghost|
(Oct 06, 2007 - 11:25)
That is so funny, and interesting, because even though I didn't pick up on Stipe's voice, I did think this sounded like REM, with a girl singing. Hmmmm.
Like Stipe's contribution to this, and her voice reminds me rather of Patti Smith, on this track at least. Very nice indeed.
|Jerry Douglas - Birdland|
(Sep 22, 2007 - 06:40)
Too bad that's the ONLY Weather Report on the playlist, else there could have been a REALLY NEAT
segue right here! I mean, "Prince - When Doves Cry" is pretty cool and one of my all-time favorites, (
When DOVES cry
) but it's not Weather Report.....
Weather Report stand alone. The British band "Brand X" were a pretty decent outfit, but Zawinul and Shorter with just about any of their various collections of sidemen were on a different plane. How "Barbary Coast" got rejected beats the heck out of me, never mind any of the others. So damned pleased Birdland finally got on...
|Jerry Douglas - Birdland|
(Sep 22, 2007 - 05:58)
Looks like you'll have to do it on your own:
RP Upload artist search 'Weather Report' wrote:
Rejected: Weather Report - Barbary Coast
Rejected: Weather Report - Birdland
Rejected: Weather Report - Birdland
Rejected: Weather Report - Gibraltar
Rejected: Weather Report - Harlequin
Rejected: Weather Report - Man in the Green Shire
Rejected: Weather Report - Teen Town
Looks like Bill relented with the sad demise of the incomparable Joe Zawinul:
Weather Report - Birdland
One of the great injustices of RP finally corrected...
Dave the jazz fan
P.S. As to this - it's technically very clever I'm sure, but it doesn't send shivers down my spine the way the original does.
|Greg Kihn - Remember|
(Jul 28, 2007 - 02:38)
Actually the station is in San Jose and he has a decent morning show - lots of local school talent (high school bands, etc) get exposure, plus his anecdotes of touring with the likes of Kaja Goo Goo are hilarious. He still plays locally but can't hit the high notes anymore.
Does he still have his buddy Erica on that morning show? Often listened to him on my commute from South San Jose to Cupertino...
|Sting - They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)|
(Apr 04, 2007 - 10:28)
that would be the Maestro Marsalis!
Yep, sleeve notes show Branford Marsalis as the saxophonist - recall the excellent jam in the jazz break in the "Englishman in New York" video.
Other credits on this track: guitars by Fareed Haque, Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton, "Spanish" by Reuben Blades.
|Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald|
(Mar 22, 2007 - 01:27)
|I first heard this in 1979 when Harry Chapin was DJ on a BBC Radio 1 show called "Star Special", in which guest presenters spent 2 hours playing some of their favourite records. He ended the show with it and said how he wished it was his: coming from one of the great writers of story-songs, that says it all I think. An absolutely gorgeous piece which never fails to make me stop and listen.|
|Colin Hay - Beautiful World|
(Mar 20, 2007 - 01:14)
I like the spaciousness of this version, though the acoustic version is quite good too. I find some of the lyrics a bit trite, but for some reason they don't bother me so much.
Oh, and "Don't Wait Up" off that acoustic album would be a great addition to the RP playlist. It's just stunning.
Totally agree about Don't Wait Up - it was the first Colin track which I tried to upload, way back, but it got the dreaded insta-sorry from Rebecca.
I managed to get If I go onto the playlist after a 12/1 vote on the LRC. Other tracks weren't so well received - Not so lonely from Wayfaring Sons, Can I hold you from Looking for Jack and I'll leave the light on from Transcendental Highway all got bounced after varying degrees of approval from voters.
|Genesis - The Carpet Crawlers|
(Sep 11, 2006 - 00:51)
Got any "Brand X" to put up on the LRC? I'm too busy to digitize my vinyl!
I tried a while back, and to be fair to Rebecca they did make it to the LRC - albeit briefly:
The LRC jazz-haters wrote:
Brand X - ...And So To F... sorry 4/7 (36%)
Brand X - Algon sorry 1/3 (25%)
I wish others better luck...
|Alan Parsons - Turn it up|
(Jun 28, 2006 - 11:50)
|Yep, love this one (my upload). Downright dangerous to play as you drive, though.... I tend to end up cranking the volume all the way up, and my right foot starts pressing down... Turn it up, make it LOUDER!|
|Suzanne Vega - Soap and Water|
(May 31, 2006 - 11:36)
|Lyrics are available on the Rusted Pipe fansite.
As to the significance of the lyrics: from an audio interview at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, in her own words:
That was the first song that I had written, and it was hard to sing at first, and I found that the melody was really sad.
I tried to put the truth of what I had been experiencing into a song, but not make it too sentimental.
I wanted the ideas to be clear in it - the idea of the woman washing things and setting things in order, setting things straight and cleaning up what had gone before.
And then the idea of the Daddy being a dark riddle and the Mama with the head full of bees. I wasn't sure if it would all work, but I think in the end it does seem to and people seem to really respond to that one.
I was thinking of Ruby, and she noticed that. She was listening to the song one day and she looked at me and said, "Am I your little kite, in the song?" and I said yeah, I said that she was. She listened to it but she didn't seem to think it was so terribly sad and I was glad about that because I didn't want her to be upset by it.
|Chris Rea - Road to Hell|
(May 02, 2006 - 04:01)
Chris is driving on the 'wrong' side of the road. No wonder he is so pessimistic! Read the Highway Code, young man!
You're assuming he's in the UK. He's probably in his Daytona on the way to an Auberge in Giverny... Might even be in Texas, but probably not because he's still looking for that Freeway...
|Dire Straits - Single Handed Sailor|
(Apr 24, 2006 - 10:35)
I suggest you take your copy of Matlab, and write a little script that plays random notes and noise at random times.
You could always play funky tricks with WinAmp as described in a blog entry by someone who is a VERY smart dude (and Well Cool to boot - he worked on software with/for Douglas Adams. Yes THAT Douglas Adams). Enjoy
|Pangea - Water and Fire|
(Mar 16, 2006 - 15:44)
|Sounds like the kind of music they play when you're boarding an aircraft... Not actively bad, just... well, it's there. Not much more to say for it.|
|Gary Moore - Midnight Blues|
(Mar 10, 2006 - 17:32)
|Check out "Crying in the shadows" from the "Wild Frontier" album for another very nice bluesy number from this guy - or "Over the hills and far away", from the same album, for a tighter, rock-ier sound.|
|Dave Alvin - Ashgrove|
(Oct 05, 2004 - 13:57)
Gotta love it when one of your uploads gets added! Hope you all enjoy this Dave Alvin jam as much as I do. Dave rocks!!!
Nice... Somewhat reminiscent of Chris Rea, and that can be no bad thing...
|Modest Mouse - Float On|
(Sep 25, 2004 - 15:09)
|A modest mouse with much to be modest about, methinks... Pretty dreary stuff IMO.|
|George Winston - Cast Your Fate to the Wind|
(Sep 11, 2004 - 14:03)
George Winston can't swing his way out of a paper bag.
Why play this verison instead of the Vince Guaraldi original? :???:
I bought Winston's "Winter" CD after hearing and liking one track - on a Wyndham Hill sampler I think it was. I was only later to find that much of his stuff is covers - and ones which are vastly inferior to the originals. I guess if you needed sleep really, really badly this might do it. No variation, no - spark. The difference between a competent musician and one who really fires. Like the man said - why can't we have Guaraldi? That guy kicks butt.
Oh, and completely agree about Jarrett. Add "The melody at night, with you" to the list. And BILL EVANS Or Lyle Mays, if you're feeling a little bit more experimental.
|Béla Fleck - Big Country|
(Sep 11, 2004 - 13:56)
|I used to get the occasional trip to the Bay Area, and loved listening to the jazz stations there. A particular favourite was "The Wave" (K-WAV?) on 101.3 I think it was - this is just the type of music I loved it for. Driving along 101 or 280 with this on the radio, the sun shining, and life was good.
VERY nice. And so utterly unlike the soulless Kenny G as for such a comparison to deserve capital punishment IMO. Or at least dismemberment. Or being banished from RP, which must be nearly as bad ;)
|Shannon McNally - Down and Dirty|
(Sep 11, 2004 - 13:45)
I agree, Bonnie Riatt has a different kind of voice.
To me, Shannon sounds more like Joan Osbourne.
Ummm. Not familiar with Joan Osbourne, but I hear reflections of Rickie Lee Jones. Is that just me? Oh, and that would absolutely not be a bad thing, btw.
|Steely Dan - Jack of Speed|
(Sep 11, 2004 - 13:40)
This is something my dad would skate backwards to during the late 70s to impress my mom. gross.
Huh? I don't think so... It's from "Two Against Nature", which wasn't released until February 2000. Another Dan track maybe, but not this one.
Dave the pedant
|Colin Hay - Hold On To My Hand|
(Aug 22, 2004 - 12:43)
I didn't like Men at Work. Colin's voice does work very well accompanied by accoustic guitar alone. Is the rest of the album as good?
I prefer Transcendental Highway as an album - but Colin is an extremely good performer in an acoustic setting and an excellent songwriter. I have most of his solo work and enjoy all of it.
|John Martyn - Solid Air|
(Aug 19, 2004 - 08:11)
Bluh, bluh to sruh fuh solid air...
Muh bluh gruh we so guh solid air...
Lyrics, should you actually care, are here. It's a song for a friend. A song about being concerned for someone's wellbeing. Maybe you could try living life on the ragged edge and actually listening to it. You might - just might - learn something.
|Arlo Guthrie - City Of New Orleans|
(Aug 16, 2004 - 15:12)
But this song was written and first performed by Steve Goodman, a great, late lamented Chicago singer/songwriter, and his version is filled with life and a real feeling of love for the romance of rail. This version pales next to it.
Come to think of it, we could use to hear some of Steve's music on RP. His voice was distinctive, and he played the hell out of his old acoustic guitar.
Yes please, some Steve Goodman!
Harry Chapin did a guest spot as a DJ on a national radio network over here - did a 2 hour programme. It was Steve Goodman's version of this that he played - no offence to Arlo, but it beats this rendition hollow.
|Harry Chapin - Taxi|
(Aug 13, 2004 - 06:45)
Anyone know what the singy-voice is saying during the one break in this song?
And am I mistaken, or did he also do a sequel to this song?
Lyrics are here for Taxi.
Yep, he did a sequel - called just that. Lyrics are here .
As he said when he did a radio show over here one time: "So long, Harry - and keep the change"...
|Santana - Eternal Caravan/Waves Within|
(Aug 08, 2004 - 14:32)
No, please, don't pull any punches. Tell us what you really think
Bit terse, for one who is usually pretty eloquent in the forums - strangely I expected better of you (and no, that doesn't mean I expect you to like the music, just to be rather more open-minded and civil in your criticism of it).
|Suzanne Vega - 99.9F|
(Aug 05, 2004 - 02:15)
And the point is????
WOW - thanks for that devastating critique - witty and incisive... But since you asked, and with thanks to the Rusted Pipe fansite:
"It's really a simple song. It's a song about flirting with someone. It's not a song really about illness although some people seem to think it is. It's really more about flirting with someone and feeling that things could be heading in a certain direction, you might say." - Suzanne Vega, September 1998.
|Pink Floyd - Us & Them -> Eclipse|
(Aug 03, 2004 - 13:10)
How long is this tune? An hour?
It is EXACTLY the RIGHT length. THIS is PERFECTION.
THIS is why my ratings are not littered with 10s. It is the standard against which all else is judged.
|Nick Drake - Day Is Done|
(Aug 02, 2004 - 14:16)
It's only $9.90.
This has NOT been a paid endorsement.....unfortunately......
eBay copies are listed from about $5... Just need to be persistent.
|Enigma - Following The Sun|
(Jul 31, 2004 - 14:46)
|Bland and undistinguished until it got to the Ultravox style keyboards section, at which point I finally got fed up with it... Bleuhhh...|
|Suzanne Vega - Gypsy|
(Jul 31, 2004 - 09:24)
What a gentle, soothing and beautiful song. She sang an especially touching version of this one on "Sessions From West 54th."
She tells the story of this when she performs live sometimes. It was written when she was working at a girls' summer camp. Working at the boys' camp just up the road was a guy from Liverpool, England, and he became her (first?) boyfriend. She told how they would head out into the woods, look at the stars, and he would tell her stories of this strange, exotic (to her) place which was his home. She said, too, that they're still in touch, which I thought was kind of nice... More details on the Rusted Pipe fansite...
If you get a chance to go see her, do so - she's an outstanding, magical performer. The gig I attended was the last English date of her recent tour and the band had been together long enough that they actually had a request spot, where the audience (many of whom had attended every date on the tour) could ask for any of her back catalogue. Gypsy was the selection that night...
|Concrete Blonde - Mexican Moon|
(Jul 23, 2004 - 01:47)
|Towards the end of the song - the guitar overlaying the synths - a little reminiscent of "Year of the cat" era Al Stewart? And you could do an awful lot worse...|
|Sting - Inside|
(Jul 16, 2004 - 05:20)
Don't you think we already have far too many people who think they know The Truth, trying to jam it down others' throats? Do we really need guys like Gabriel and Sting trying to "wake us up?"
I thought music was entertainment. I thought music was art. I thought art is the praising of God.
Nope. Music has been used for political purposes since bards travelled the land in medieval times. Get used to it, dude.
|Harry Chapin - Taxi|
(Jul 16, 2004 - 03:23)
I wish RP would play some of his many other songs. Taxi was never one of my favorites (and Banannas works better live). How 'bout "Mail Order Annie?"
"He came home to Dayton and was questioned by his friends.
Then he smiled and just said nothing and he never sang again,
excepting very late at night when the shop was dark and closed.
He sang softly to himself as he sorted through the clothes."
And you can just see this guy, in the back room of his cleaning shop...
Just one of the best writers of story-songs ever. His family have set up this web site which is well worth a visit.
|Afro Celt Sound System - When You're Falling (w/ Peter Gabriel)|
(Jul 13, 2004 - 12:40)
This is a great song and sound but how's this for irony...
The song has been played to death on KFOG, which was my main source of music since 1982, before discovering internet radio. (Yes, I discovered it, right after Al Gore invented it.) So when it came on this time, I switched back to KFOG and heard a Norah Jones song I've never heard before. Maybe there is hope for radio?
Hey Dave, you have KCSM and KKSF which didn't used to suck too much when I was there. Pity the light jazz station (K-WAV IIRC) vanished from the airwaves. And you have Greg Kihn (and Erica) on KFOX :)
|Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism|
(Jul 05, 2004 - 11:30)
A band here released a single that lasted six seconds. What you hear is a distorted chord and the leadvocalist saying: 'no, that's nothing'
It became a collector's item and therefore a hit, but they didn't allow it to get into the charts because a single needs a minimum length for that!
When the UK punk band Crass released their first record, there was a furore about the track Reality Asylum which was pulled from the album. The band replaced it with a little over two minutes of silence which they entitled The sound of free speech...
|Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner [DNA version]|
(Jun 30, 2004 - 06:21)
I prefer the originally myself..the beat makes it annoying...
Amen to that - what a pity to do this to a pleasant (though not her best) song :( . If I want to be BOOM-DE-BOOM'ed half to death for no good reason, I'll listen to some reggae... :P Even the horn arrangement is sucky (toot-toot / toot-toot). Blecch.
But on a happier note - I've got a ticket to see her next week
|Pat Metheny Group - Above The Treetops|
(Jun 30, 2004 - 02:01)
What about this review....
Smooth Jazz sucks... :puke:
Wow, excellent critique! Witty, incisive, and leaving the reader with a deeper understanding of the subject than he would previously possess. We thank you for your valuable contribution to the discourse on this topic.
|John Martyn - Sunshine's Better|
(Jun 26, 2004 - 08:52)
This old geezer is still around? Better than I would've expected. (I saw him open for Yes in 1976.)
Yup, this old geezer is still around - missing part of a leg, which he had to have amputated earlier this year. But he's still doing gigs... His style has changed a wee bit since then (saw him in 79 - just John, an acoustic guitar, and his echoplex - oh, and a four-pack and some rather strange-smelling roll-ups ;) ) OUTSTANDING guitarist and performer.
Solid Air is on the playlist now , I'll keep trying with the uploads. Small Hours got rejected, but it's such an excellent track I'm minded to try again.
|Paul Simon - The Sound of Silence|
(Jun 25, 2004 - 15:01)
This is nice, the guitar takes me in, but the vocals lose me...
I agree. Nothing beats their harmonies on this song.
That's 3 of us at least. With Art and his wonderful harmonies, 9 at least. This version - 6. Not into the semi-spoken vocals - maybe you needed to be there.
|John Lee Hooker - The Healer (With Santana)|
(Jun 24, 2004 - 14:00)
Want your blues legends to taste just a bit cheesier? Add in about 2 1/2 cups of Santana.
Beats the heck out of some of Carlos' more recent collaborations. He does seem more interested in shooting for some street cred recently than speaking through his guitar, alas... All MHO, of course.
|Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond|
(Jun 23, 2004 - 06:39)
Crikey, I only had this rated as a 9.
I feel shame.
It has been properly re-rated as a 10.
I just did exactly the same thing. I always used to get goosebumps at the intro to this, even listening to it on my tinny old cassette player. They're back again.
HORRIBLE, jarring cut to the Charlie Parker track, though. Bird, OK, but overlaying the two? Ugly, man.
|James - Sometimes|
(Jun 16, 2004 - 16:31)
Am I the only one who finds this droning?
Re: "Why is the best of James Taylor being advertised?" - I believe it's a blind keyword search of Amazon, no smarts. There's no actual link to the Amazon entry for the album listed in the song details (perhaps because they're not static? Just a guess.)
|Noel Gallagher & Paul Weller - That's Entertainment|
(Jun 14, 2004 - 05:58)
This is just a boring song and I don't understand why so many people feel the need to cover it.
I'm not that keen either - I don't like the original that much and that beats this all ends up - but I don't see how you can call Weller singing his own song a "cover"...
|John Martyn - He's Got All the Whiskey|
(Jun 14, 2004 - 02:13)
If you like this and don't know John M check out his track 'Solid Air'. . . . :D
...which is now on the playlist. My first accepted upload, very happy
BTW - the stuff about the hammer his body has taken over the years is alas all too accurate. John had part of a leg amputated last year. He's still doing gigs from his wheelchair, though! Have seen him a few times live, great performer. He should be better represented on RP, guess I'll have to rip some more stuff. Damned shame about Small Hours, that's such a stunning piece, geese and all...
|James Gang - Walk Away|
(Jun 11, 2004 - 09:15)
Wow! I haven't heard this in forever! Love the guitar in this, and Joe Walsh's voice here is just... well... sexy as hell!
Wow, thanks for the explanation. Never heard of these guys before and was thinking "this sounds an awful lot like the Eagles". That would be why, then :)
|Focus - Hocus Pocus|
(Jun 10, 2004 - 02:58)
OH MY GOD DOES IT EVER END?????!!!!!!
No - bwahahah!!!!
We need a head-bang emoticon - nearest I can see is :nodhead:
|Colin Hay - Beautiful World|
(Jun 09, 2004 - 11:44)
|Excellent stuff, finally I get to hear some Colin on RP! Grats to whoever uploaded this... Prefer this to the plainer acoustic version, the guitars blend really nicely. |
|Billy Bragg & Wilco - Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key|
(Jun 08, 2004 - 15:54)
Yes! It's surprising that Billy isn't better represented on RP --- the only material is off the Mermaid Avenue albums ---> nothing of his own.
Great pity - I love the mournful lyrics of "St Swithin's Day", but Rebecca bounced it when I tried uploading it. Maybe she'll relent if I try again?
"The polaroids that hold us together, will surely fade away
Like the love that we spoke of forever on St Swithin's Day..."
|Eagles - Journey Of The Sorcerer|
(Jun 08, 2004 - 15:14)
I can NEVER hear this without expecting Hitchhiker's to commence... ahh, memories...
Amen to that. Just waiting for Peter Jones' voiceover 8)
The radio series is STILL the best. You can buy the book of the scripts complete with Douglas' notes to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop guys who did the audio effects and all. Well worth a look.
Now where the heck did my towel go?
|Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway|
(Jun 08, 2004 - 06:22)
Another interesting note is that on Trick of the Tail, Wind and Wuthering, and especially Seconds Out, Phil Collins didn't at all sound like the "pop" PhilCo we know nowadays. Take a look at his pictures on Seconds Out - with his (almost) full head of hair and very full beard, he look quite gnome-like, and his vocal tone was somewhere between what you expect out of that look, with a few Gabriel-esque quirks thrown in. You could almost imagine Gandalf pronouncing the first verse of "Dance on a Volcano":Raven
Only one thing to be said about Gabriel:
Phil used to be into a bt of the play-acting too. I remember on the "Duke" tour, he donned an old coat and hat for "Say it's alright, Joe", which he sang slumped against Banks' grand piano as if it were some seedy bar. Quite effective, with the lights down except for a fairly dim spot covering the two of them. And there are the crotch-hitching moves for "I can't dance", and the demonic capering on "Mama". An excellent showman, but his drum duets (more like duels on occasion!) with Chester Thompson were always the highlight for me. Pity about most of the pap he's done subsequently
|Kate Bush - Cloudbusting|
(Jun 08, 2004 - 01:35)
Not sure why Kate Bush has been so strangely silent. I fell in love with her the first time I heard her at age 13. She made an appearance on Saturday Night Live and I was hooked. I know that she gave up touring because she doesn't like to travel by plane, but I wish I knew what she's doing now.
According to "official news" at http://homepage.eircom.net/%7Etwoms/katenews.htm#1 she's recording an eighth studio album - allegedly the orchestral parts were laid down at Abbey Road in October last year (2003). That's confirmed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra's own site which gives the recording date as Saturday 11th October.
|John Martyn - Solid Air|
(May 30, 2004 - 17:01)
|The title track from JM's 1973 masterpiece, this song was written for and about his friend and peer Nick Drake who tragically died a year after the album's release.
For more on this fabulous British singer/songwriter who is a sublimely good guitarist, see here. There's a BBC4 profile of him called "Johnny Too Bad" which is currently airing on the BBC's digital channels.
|The Who - Love, Reign O'er Me|
(May 28, 2004 - 11:03)
Daltry kix ass in this one. Same with Baba O' Reilly.
Oh yeah. Just have to crank the volume WAY up for this.
|Pat Metheny - New Chautauqua|
(May 28, 2004 - 05:11)
There's a live DVD of a show from the most recent tour. GET IT!!! My wife and I saw this tour in Greenville and it was the best Metheney show I've seen yet (out of four)! The current line up is amazing and should not be missed.
I was at one of his nights at the Winery in San Jose - great show, the best I've seen him play. And the venue (the old Paul Masson Winery, famed from many an old jazz concert video) was perfect. A still, fine, California evening and Pat - bliss 8) Before the show, you could wander up to the stage - even read the set list beside Lyle's keyboards. They included "September Fifteenth", to my utter delight...
|Ganga Giri - Nungabunda|
(May 19, 2004 - 15:32)
Aaaagghhh - is this anything to do with Rolf Harris?
ROTFL! "Sun arise, early in de mornin'...."
|Santana - Eternal Caravan/Waves Within|
(May 19, 2004 - 14:33)
|Gods. Back at Nottingham Uni, this on the stereo, playing Tim Rowlands at chess until 4am... Good times, thanks for the reminder Bill.|
|Prince - When Doves Cry|
(Jan 02, 2004 - 15:42)
Yep, 3 skips and counting actually!! About 2 mins in.
The man's right - I make it 6+ and they're pretty jarring. Can this track please be removed from the rotation, at least until RP acquires a clean copy?
|Joni Mitchell - Harry's House / Centerpiece|
(Jan 02, 2004 - 15:10)
|"Hello schools of taxi-fishes, Jonah in a ticking whale" and "Beauty parlor blondes with credit card eyes, looking for the chic and the fancy to buy". Can't you just see them? Word-pictures from a master of the art... Gorgeous horns on this track, too.
Edith and the Kingpin has to be my favourite track from this album, but this is awfully nice... Pat Metheny then Joni, nice combo Bill - how about something from Shadows & Light sometime - Amelia, maybe?
|Gomez - Ping One Down|
(Jun 10, 2003 - 15:47)
|This kind of reminds me of a Patti Smith number, but I'm darned if I can bring it to mind clearly enough to remember which it is. Patti blows these guys away, though :D|
|Nick Drake - Three Hours|
(Jun 10, 2003 - 15:21)
Originally Posted by Dr._Crane:
One of my least favorite Nick Drake songs - that said, it still has wonderful moments...I just think it goes on a bit long.
No no no. This is _just_ the right length. Damned fine.
|John Martyn - He's Got All the Whiskey|
(Jun 09, 2003 - 15:52)
Originally Posted by audiozeb:
Anything from John is always welcome with me! His early stuff was a bit like Nick Drake
John was a friend and contemporary of Nick Drake - the track "Solid Air" was dedicated to / about Nick.
I tried uploading the glorious "Small Hours", but alas it apprently didn't grab Bill and is now languishing on the "probably not" pile :???: Disappoint-ed...
|Leonard Cohen - The Future|
(May 31, 2003 - 04:17)
|Agree with the comment about Chris Rea. In fact, just about any Chris Rea would fit with this... :) Or Dire Straits when Mark Knopfler is doing his 'husky' vocals.
Is it just me, or is there a really irritating crackle during parts of this track (particularly the beginning)? :???:
|Eric Henderson - Flamenco Surf|
(May 12, 2003 - 16:27)
|Somewhat reminiscent of Acoustic Alchemy? Nice guitar work...
So is the occasional jazz / world piece allowable, Bill? 'Eclectic' is tricky to get a handle on :p
|Lamb - Gabriel|
(Apr 30, 2003 - 11:53)
Originally Posted by fluorophore:
Nope, not just on your end. Hiccups abound. It's something that's so easily preventable. Please please please, Bill, remove bad mp3's. There are simply too many on this station given its overall quality in every other respect.
I concur. Seems like a pleasant enough number, but the quality of the MP3 makes this cringe-making . PLEASE review this MP3 and discard if you agree. Bill? Is anyone out there?
|Goldfrapp - Utopia|
(Apr 26, 2003 - 16:32)
Originally Posted by francesdcuk:
I think I hear the Star Trek theme in there...
Ok that could be me.
Shades of the James Bond "You Only Live Twice" theme for me :D
|Beta Band - Quiet|
(Apr 25, 2003 - 14:59)
Originally Posted by KevinM:
Is it me, or does this sound alot like Alan Parsons Project?
Parsons has TALENT and MUSICAL ABILITY :D. This is - sheesh. It's making my head hurt...
|Joe Satriani - Oriental Melody|
(Apr 25, 2003 - 14:35)
|Hmm, interesting track. Yep, he sure can play but it's not up to the (awesome ) standard of the San Francisco double live CD. Need to get some uploads from that to RP... :)|