Friday, January 23, 2015

Advent-echo


Last month’s frenzy of posts seems like a distant memory. I’m still here, just in my usual January state – semi-hibernation. I don’t watch much TV normally but at this time of year I seem happy to sink into the sofa and watch whatever is being served up. I have even squarer eyes than usual this month too as we have finally arrived in the 21st century and bought a new TV. It’s smart, it’s in HD, it’s 40ins. We are also now a two Sonos family. The latest Sonos purchase came with a free 12 month subscription to Deezer premium, and now it seems I can find and play just about any music I can think of at a quick scroll on the smartphone. Get us! It’s almost technology overload.   

As a result the record room has had little attention this last couple of weeks but I am now starting to get vinyl withdrawal symptoms so it’s time to fire up the turntable again.

Lynn White was behind door #9 of last month’s Advent-ure. Picking up that record left me wanting to find more of Lynn’s work and getting a copy of this 45 is the initial result of my forays. This is her version of an Earl Randle song first performed by Syl  Johnson back in 1972 (and I think Syl's version has made an appearance on Feel It). The feel is familiar on Lynn’s version as once again it is Willie Mitchell on production. It was released on Willie’s own label, Waylo, around 1985. Being on Willie's own label he will have been able to have total control of production and I'm betting this is the reason the dreaded Eighties synthesisers are buried deep and remarkably (and thankfully) subtle on this track. And I’ll say it again – Lynn can sing!


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

This year I shall be....


It was my birthday on New Year's Eve. I was born in '57 and that makes me 57. 

I feel like a tin of beans - not to eat, I actually feel like I am one! :)

We need something special to celebrate my birthday and, more importantly, the first post of a new year here at Feel It. This gorgeous B side from Bobby Bland fits the bill perfectly.

Happy New Year to you all.



Bobby Bland - I Ain't Myself Anymore  1966

The few pops you can hear on the track are caused by some frightening looking pressing bubbles in the vinyl. I am amazed it plays through ok actually. The record was descibed as M- by its seller. Strictly speaking correct as it looks unplayed, but it would have been nice to have mentioned the pressing bubbles as they are so obvious. Ho hum.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The 2014 Advent-ure : #24


So here we are. The final door of this year’s Advent-ure opens. Christmas is upon us once more and another year has flown by all too quickly.

There is also another landmark  worth noting today – this is the 500th post here.  I’ll be honest, when I started this blog I never thought I would reach 500 posts. Now I can’t imagine life without Feel It.

You will notice that, although this has been my Advent calendar to you, I do not do Christmas songs. Two reasons: I do not possess many, and there are enough available elsewhere this month anyway.

Honey Cone’s superb version of The Dells Stay In My Corner has the feel of a Christmas song though, and the title of their 1972 album from which it comes – Love, Peace & Soul - has the right message too.

It just remains for me to raise a glass and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – and here’s to the next 500 posts too!    


Note: I apologise for some sibilance on this track. I’m hoping that maybe it was inherent in the recording and not an indication that my stylus (or cartridge?) is on its way out.


PS: There is a Christmas song playing at The Hi-Fi Cabinet Of Curiosities. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The 2014 Advent-ure : #23

This year’s calendar has almost run its course. I hope you have enjoyed what’s been behind the doors.

Door #4’s offering prompted me to dig out Carol Grimes’ 1975 album that featured her version of Uphill Peace Of Mind. It’s easy for the majesty of that track to overshadow the rest of the album, but there are in fact a number of other strong tracks. Recorded in Nashville and Memphis it is essentially a soul album. Bettye Crutcher and Frederick Knight appear in the writing credits of many of the songs, and Lewisham lass Carol is joined on the album by, among others, The Memphis Horns and Duck Dunn.

At the risk of topping out my monthly bandwidth quota I’m only posting one track, although I would have liked to have posted more to give a better flavour of the album. In the end, as it is a time to be merry, I have plumped for the bit of fun that is Dynamite, co-written by Duck Dunn who is also playing the bass guitar on the track.  
  

Monday, December 22, 2014

The 2014 Advent-ure : #22


Another B side! The other side of this is More And More

Mr. Campbell was obviously doing his little bit to reduce the cost of living here with a blinding double header.

Little Milton - The Cost Of Living  1967

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The 2014 Advent-ure : #21


Something cool and sophisticated for a Sunday evening. I tagged evening on to the end of that sentance just now because I had originally intended posting this earlier today, but our internet connection went down and prevented that. Better late than never.

This is the title track from EP that features four tracks from Peggy Lee's 1964 album of the same name. The EP seems to rarely turn up (at least there is very little reference to it on the internet) and I was especially pleased to find a copy for 20p earlier this year.

Peggy Lee - In the Name Of Love  1964   

PS: There is another chocolate on the tree if you search - watch those pine needles!   

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The 2014 Advent-ure : #20


Another B side discovered in an old box of mine the other day. Uchenna Carol Ikejiani's one big disco/club hit was Hit 'n' Run Lover and this was its B side. Too slow to be a disco 'banger', featuring a cheesy horn, and not on any soul aficionado's wantlist I'd wager, nevertheless I find this really catchy.

Carol Jiani - All The People Of The World  1981