Tuesday, 30 May 2023

13th Floor Elevators - Death In Texas (1967 & 1973)


United Artists 2009

01 Introduction/I've Got Levitation
02 Reverberation
03 Don't Fall Down
04 Kingdom Of Heaven
05 She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)
06 Rock 'N' Roll Jam #1
07 Instrumental Jam #3
08 Baby Blue Jam
09 She Lives Jam
10 Maxine
11 (I've Got) Levitation
12 Shake Your Hips
13 Roky On KAUM Radio '73
14 Stumble/Smoke The Toilet
15 You're Gonna Miss Me '84

Originally released as a bootleg, it came along as the final disc in the mammoth 'Sign Of The Three Eyed Men' 10 disc box set.

Tracks 1-9 recorded 1967 Electric Grandmother Show.
Track 10 Mother Earth 11/2/1973, Austin.
Tracks 11-12 Last Bash On The Hill 19/3/1973, Austin.
Tracks 13-14 La Bastille 1-3/4/1973 Houston.
Track 15 Liberty Lunch 16/6/1984 Austin Texas.

The Byrds - Another Dimension


2005 Sundazed 

01 Eight Miles High
02 Why
03 Ryder (I Know My Rider)
04 John Riley 1
05 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)
06 Psychodrama City
07 John Riley II
08 Wild Mountain Thyme
09 Hey You (Where You Gonna Go)
10 I See You
11 What's Happening!!
12 Captain Soul (30 Minute Break)

A rare official archival release from The Byrds. Originally released as a double 10" album in 2005 on Sundazed, this set contains sessions from the making of 'Fifth Dimension'.

It would be nice to see similar sets for 'Younger Than Yesterday' and 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers'.

The Smiths - Anthology 1


2021 Self made compilation

01 Hand In Glove
02 Handsome Devil (Live)
03 This Charming Man
04 Jeane
05 Accept Yourself
06 Wonderful Woman
07 Reel Around The Fountain
08 You've Got Everything Now
09 Miserable Lie
10 Pretty Girls Make Graves
11 The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
12 Still Ill
13 What Difference Does It Make
14 I Don't Owe You Anything
15 Suffer Little Children
16 These Things Take Time
17 Back To The Old House
18 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
19 Girl Afraid
20 This Night Has Opened My Eyes

The Smiths discography is as close to perfect as it gets. This 4 disc self made anthology compiles The Smiths recorded output in chronological order. The four discs represent an era with an album at the centre; 'The Smiths', 'Meat Is Murder', 'The Queen Is Dead' and 'Strangeways, Here We Come'.

Tracks 1 and 2 from debut 7" single 'Hand In Glove'.
Tracks 3-6 from the 12" single 'This Charming Man'.
Tracks 7-15 from the debut L.P. 'The Smiths'.
Tracks 16 and 17 from the 12" single 'What Difference Does It Make?'.
Tracks 18 and 19 from the 7" single 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now'.
Track 20 released on the L.P. 'Hatful Of Hollow'.

For Andy Rourke.

Tuesday, 25 April 2023

The Dead West - The Secret Dead West


Unreleased 2020.

01 The Secret Dead West (Part 1)
02 The Secret Dead West (Part 2)

Along with Marc Gillen (The Nightowl Sings, Brocken Spectre), David Thompson (Cat Of Tomorrow) and with the production and composition of Alastair Popple (Shelterland, We Are The Wooden Houses), I was a member of The Dead West.

We released a substantial amount of music between 2010 and 2014. They are all available through the Treehouse Orchestra Recordings Bandcamp.

The Dead West method was to turn up at Marc's on a Saturday afternoon. One of us would have a song or idea to attempt and because most of our equipment was pooled together at Marc's, we could have a finished (or close enough) result by early evening. There aren't too many genres of music we didn't cover; punk, avant-garde, pop, country, psych...

Great memories of very creative afternoons, making music with friends.

We have made no attempt at recording music since the last album in 2014, but we played together occasionally as a three piece for fun and some of these were (roughly) recorded. During the first lockdown of 2020 I made two collages of these recordings.

The email below was attached to the files when I passed them on, it provides more detail:

"Hello Marc and Dave.

So, I have had time on my hands and I've been sorting through my archives of pictures 
and music. The pandemic didn't just put the breaks on live music, it also prevented 
playing music with friends, improvising, everything. I didn't realise but I've done 
this consistently for the last 5 or 6 years now. I had all sorts of different audio 
to sort through, which brings me to, The Dead West.

Among the files were several recordings of the three of us. Sometimes audio from a 
phone, sometimes an actual Fostex portastudio recording, sometimes on a camera in the corner of a room.

I decided to get together these recordings, chop them up and make a collage. The 
result was two pieces of music recorded between 2014 and 2019, featuring only the 
three of us, presented here as two collages. Surprisingly, what you hear hasn't 
really been altered; I've selected moments, but not fiddled with them. Everything you 
hear has been culled from a longer source, but is played live. The only mixing occurs 
when one piece of audio goes into another.

The first 'The Secret Dead West Part 1' starts with an interesting live rehearsal. 
Shortly after we finished 'The Year Of Magical Thinking', we were approached by a 
festival organiser. He ran a psychedelic / experimental music festival, somewhere 
in the woods, somewhere in Cumbria. The catch was, we had two weeks. None of us 
played live at the time, so it was a probable no, but we decided to at least see 
what we could do. Improvisational, experimental and live was our aim. We had two 
tracks, the first of which 'The Power of the Witch' (named after a 1970's BBC 
documentary I'd found) takes up the majority of Part 1. I had prepared a drone at 
home, this was on the Fostex, which we using as an instrument. Dave manipulated 
that, as well as playing and effecting a radio, later appearing on drums. Marc was 
on guitar, I played violin and then sitar.

This is interspersed with moments from a very drunken night at my house, Kirriemuir 
Way, 2016. Dave played acoustic guitar with a bank note through the strings, just 
like Johnny Cash. I play percussion and banjo, Marc on electric guitar.

The field recordings you hear (on both parts) are from Dave's trip to America, 2018. 
As requested, he gathered as many field recordings as he could, but the Memphis 
tapes were too regional to be used in the Ghosts of Hobbs End project 

A live band improvisation from Warwick Bazaar in 2018 can also be heard. In the 
rehearsal room; me on drums, Marc on bass, Dave on guitar and both of you on 
demented vocals.

The main part of  'The Secret Dead West Part 2' is the second of the live 
experimental festival rehearsal tracks. 'Mo Western' was a drum loop myself and 
Alastair had been working on, this was playing through the Fostex. I'm on electric 
guitar, Marc is on bass and Dave is effecting the beats and again playing radio.

The other piece of music floating through was  another very drunken night at my 
house, Kirriemuir Way, also 2016. Dave on acoustic guitar, I'm on violin and 
melodica, Marc on electric guitar. The source was an hour long improvisation with 
bursts of 'Mystery Train' and 'Train of Love'.

I hope you enjoy this walk through fractured audio memories. How much do you 
remember? Some of these moments sound inspired to me."

Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys, Suns & Rainbows


Bootleg 2023

A1 Izabella
A2 Valleys Of Neptune
A3 Room Full of Mirrors
A4 Message To Love
A5 Burning Desire

B1 Bleeding Heart
B2 Power of Soul
B3 Stepping Stone
B4 Come Down Hard On Me
B5 Ezy Ryder

A while ago, I made a compilation of material by Jimi Hendrix called 'Midnight'. That was an attempt to gather together recordings made by The Jimi Hendrix Experience after the completition of 'Electric Ladyland'. I wanted to make a cohesive album from the most complete recordings in that time span.

This new compilation attempts the same for the period between September 1969 and early 1970.

The earliest material on here is by Gypsys, Suns & Rainbows; Jimi's band that played Woodstock, featuring Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Larry Lee, Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez. The sessions didn't produce much and only 'Message To Love' appears here.

The majority of this material comes from the sessions by Band Of Gypsys (with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles) and their attempt at a studio album. Some of the tracks include Juma Sultan from the Woodstock band, and those tracks end up with a hybrid sound.

The songs here are different from the Experience recordings; funkier and with more of a genre fusion.

Compiled with era limitations in mind; a 40 minute L.P. across two 20 (approx) minutes per side.

Cover art is by 'Bitchs Brew' artist Mati Klarwein.

Friday, 21 April 2023

Agitation Free - Live


Bootleg 1974 

01 Through The Moods
02 First Communication
03 Dialogue & Random
04 Laila
05 In The Silence Of The Morning Sunrise

Agitation Free at their kosmiche jamming best; first issued as the bootleg 'At Last ... Is Alive (WDR-Radio Broadcast)'. 

This has been issued several times, the artwork above is from 'At The Cliffs Of River Rhine' released on the great Garden Of Delights.

Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Cosmic Circus Music - Wiesbaden 1973


Garden of Delights 2013

01 Sternenmaskerade, Teil 1
02 Sternenmaskerade, Teil 2

Originally recorded in the Wiesbaden Wartburg-Auditorium, on Saturday, 14th July, 1973. This tripped out German jamming was originally only available on a promotional cassette.

Re-issued on Garden of Delights in 2013.