Tuesday 31 October 2023


This months posts from October 2023 will be the last.

This blog was started in April 2012 and after over 10 years, it's time to call it a day.
Since starting this blog, a lot of the music has been re-issued, re-mastered and is now available again, making a lot of these posts redundant. The advent of streaming services means my own self made compilations can also be easily put together.
The blog will stay up, it just won't be updated. The links will stay as long as they can. Apologies to everyone who can't access the links.
Thanks to everyone that read this blog, I hope you found something you liked.

The Smiths - Anthology 4


Self made compilation

01 Shoplifters Of The World Unite
02 Half A Person
03 London
04 Sheila Take A Bow
05 Is It Really So Strange?
06 Sweet And Tender Hooligan
07 A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
08 I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
09 Death Of A Disco Dancer
10 Girlfriend In A Coma
11 Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before
12 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
13 Unhappy Birthday
14 Paint A Vulgar Picture
15 Death at One's Elbow
16 I Won't Share You
17 Work Is A Four-Letter Word
18 I Keep Mine Hidden
19 What's The World?

Tracks 1-3 released as a single January 1987
Tracks 4-6 released as a single April 1987
Tracks 7-16 from 'Strangeways Here We Come' L.P. released September 1987
Tracks 17 & 18 from the 'Girlfriend In A Coma' single, released August 1987
Track 19 from the 'I Started Something I Couldn't Finish' cassette single, released November 1987

The Smiths - Anthology 3


Self made compilation

01 The Queen Is Dead
02 Frankly, Mr. Shankly
03 I Know It's Over
04 Never Had No One Ever
05 Cemetry Gates
06 Bigmouth Strikes Again
07 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
08 Vicar In A Tutu
09 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
10 Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
11 Asleep
12 Rubber Ring
13 Money Changes Everything
14 Unloveable
15 Panic
16 The Draize Train
17 Ask
18 Golden Lights
19 You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby

Tracks 1-10 from 'The Queen Is Dead' L.P. released June 1986
Tracks 11 & 12 from 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' single, released September 1985
Tracks 13 & 14 from 'Bigmouth Strikes Again' single, released May 1986
Tracks 15 & 16 released as a single July 1986
Tracks 17 & 18 released as a single October 1986
Track 19 unreleased single from October 1986

Tuesday 26 September 2023

The Smiths - Anthology 2


Self made compilation

01 William, It Was Really Nothing
02 How Soon Is Now
03 Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
04 Oscillate Wildly
05 The Headmaster Ritual
06 Rusholme Ruffians
07 I Want The One I Can't Have
08 What She Said
09 That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
10 Nowhere Fast
11 Well I Wonder
12 Barbarism Begins At Home
13 Meat Is Murder
14 Shakespeare's Sister
15 Stretch Out And Wait

Tracks 1-3 originally released on the 'William, It Was Really Nothing' 12" single, August 1984.
Track 4 released as the b-side to 'How Soon Is Now', January 1985.
Tracks 5-13 released on the L.P. 'Meat Is Murder', February 1985.
Tracks 14 and 15 released as a single, March 1985.

Goatherder - Live at The Parish Hall, Burgh-by-sands, July 1st 2023


01 Priest's Mill Pond
02 Pica Mast
03 Prusten
04 Slow Education

My last live gig, recorded this summer.

DJ Shadow - Hindsight


Self made compilation

01 In-Flux
02 Hindsight
03 DJ Shadow's Theme
04 Lost and Found
05 What Does Your Soul Look Like? (Part III)
06 What Does Your Soul Look Like? (Part II)

My own companion to 'Endroducing', made with early singles and E.P.'s.

Thursday 31 August 2023

Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels


Self made compilation

A1 Freedom
A2 Earth Blues
A3 Cherokee Mist
A4 Angel

B1 Dolly Dagger
B2 In From The Storm
B3 Beginning
B4 Night Bird Flying
B5 Drifter's Escape

C1 Straight Ahead
C2 Drifting
C3 Pali Gap
C4 Astro Man

D1 Hey Baby
D2 Hear My Train A-Comin'
D3 Belly Button Window

The third and final instalment of the Hendrix recorded archive compilations is here.

This album attempts to pull together the recordings made by Hendrix and The Cry Of Love band (Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox). After Band Of  Gypsys, Henedrix really tried to get his new album together; completing and mixing many of the tracks he had started over the last year or so.

Again, presented in album format length, this represents the final recordings. 

Happy Mondays - Rendering That Scaffolding Dangerous 1985-1992


Self made compilation 2003

Disc 1:

01 Delightful
02 This Feeling
03 Freaky Dancin'
04 The Egg (Mix)
05 Little Matchstick Owen's Rap
06 Desmond
07 Yahoo
08 Wah Wah (Think Tank)
09 Boom
10 Lazyitis - One Armed Boxer
11 Mad Cyril - Hello Girls
12 Hallelujah
13 Holy Ghost
14 Clap Your Hands
15 Rave On
16 Kinky Groovy Afro
17 Judge Fudge
18 Tokoloshe Man
19 Baby Big Head
20 Staying Alive

Disc 2:

01 Freaky Dancin' (Live)
02 Wrote for Luck [Dance Mix]
03 Wrote for Luck [Radio Mix]
04 Wrote for Luck [Club Mix]
05 Hallelujah [Club Mix]
06 Rave On [Club Mix]
07 Hallelujah [MacColl Mix]
08 WFL [The Vince Clarke Mix]
09 WFL ['Think About the Future' - The Paul Oakenfold Mix]
10 Step On [Stuff It In Mix]
11 Step On [One Louder Mix]
12 Step On [Twistin My Melon Mix]
13 Step On [US Dub It In Mix]
14 Kinky Groovy Afro (Live)
15 Loose Fit [Remix]
16 Bob's Yer Uncle [Remix]
17 Stinkin Thinkin [Boy's Own Mix]
18 Stinkin Thinkin [Hague 7'']
19 Stinkin Thinkin [Junior Style]
20 Sunshine & Love [Lion Rock Mix No 1]
21 24 Hour Party People [remix by M People]
22 Sunshine & Love [Lion Rock Mix No 2]

The Happy Mondays (and The Stone Roses) were probably the first bands I began collecting the records of. I was 12/13 when I started becoming interested and buying their single and E.P. releases.

A few years ago, Al done an amazing job digitising all of those pieces of vinyl.

This compilation brings together all the Mondays non L.P. tracks, a lot which are still unavailable beyond the initial pressing.

Disc 1, tracks 1 & 2 from the Forty Five E.P.
Disc 1, tracks 3 & 4, disc 2 track 1 from the Freaky Dancin' 12"
Disc 1 track 5 from the Tart Tart 12"
Disc 1 track 6 from the original withdrawn pressing of the debut L.P.
Disc 1 tracks 7 & 8 from the 24 Hour Party People 12"
Disc 1 track 9, disc 2 tracks 3-4 from the Wrote For Luck single
Disc 1 tracks 10 & 11 from the Lazyitis single
Disc 1 tracks 12-15 from the Madchester Rave On E.P.
Disc 2 tracks 5 & 6 from the Madchester Rave On Remixes E.P.
Disc 2 track 7 from the Hallejuah E.P.
Disc 2 tracks 8 & 9 from the W.F.L. (Remixes) 12"
Disc 2 tracks 10 & 11 from the Step On single
Disc 2 tracks 12 & 13 from the U.S. Step On 12"
Disc 1 track 16, disc 2 track 14 from the Kinky Groovy Afro single
Disc 2 tracks 15 & 16 from the Loose Fix remix 12"
Disc 1 tracks 17 & 18 from the Judge Fudge single
Disc 1 track 19, disc 2 tracks 17-19 from the Stinkin' Thinkin' single
Disc 1 track 20, disc 2 tracks 20-23 from the Sunshine & Love single

Masahiko Sato & Sound Breakers - Amalgamation


Liberty 1971

Part One:

Destructive Creation
The Atomic-Bomb Was Not Fallen
The Last Voyage
Thirteen Steps To Heaven
All Quiet On The Far East Front
Sole Imposter
A White Dove In Disguise
Will It Be True
Or Not

Part Two:

Ancient Tales Of The Days To Come
Hear Me, Talikn To Ya
Le D'Ecouverte De L'Homme
Holly Barbarian
Voce Plena E Naturale
Dedicated To Mr. John Bull
Shinjuku Maturi
Agony And Extacy

Absolutely wild collage of jazz, classical, avant-garde, rock and samples from early seventies Japan.

Monday 31 July 2023

Goatherder - Live at Free Radicals, Carlisle 28-01-22

Self released 2023

01 Goatherder - The Hayton Tapes
02 Goatherder - Pica Mast
03 Goatherder - Slow Education
04 Goatherder / Nightjrrs / The Heartwood Institute - Improvisation #1
05 Goatherder / Nightjrrs / The Heartwood Institute - Improvisation #2

This is my set from the Free Radicals gig last year. Also on the bill were Nightjrrs and The Heartwood Institute and we played two improvisations together at the end.

These two tracks were mastered by Jonathan Sharp.

Sparklehorse - Dragging Pianos


Fan made compilation 2020.

01 Galveston
02 Caroline
03 In the Dry
04 London
05 I Shot a Dog
06 West Of Rome
07 Happy Pig (BBC Radio 1 Evening Session)
08 Too Late
09 Blind Rabbit Choir
10 Jack's Obsession
11 Intermission
12 Gasoline Horseys (Live on KCRW)

Track 1 from Various Artists album 'New Sounds Of The Old West Volume Three'.
Track 2 from 'Knives of Summertime' CD single.
Tracks 3 & 4 from 'London' 7".
Tracks 5 & 7 from 'Sick of Goodbyes' CD single.
Track 6 from 'Sweet Relief II - A Tribute to Vic Chessnut'.
Track 8 from 'Hammering the Cramps' 7".
Track 9 from 'Come On In' 7".
Track 10 from Various Artists album 'Nightmare Revisited'.
Tracks 11 & 12 from 'Rainmaker' CD single.

Various Artists - Summer 2023


01 Laura Allan - As I Am (Edit)
02 London Brew - Miles Chases New Voodoo In The Church
03 Margaritas Podridas - Pétalos Mordidos
04 Duke Ellington - Blue Pepper
05 Portico Quartet - Window Seat
06 Duncan Pryce Kirk - Space Out
07 Junior Kimbrough - I Gotta Try You Girl
08 Dele Sosimi - E Go Betta
09 Mabe Fratti -  Algo Grandioso
10 Phil Smith - The Heart's Chorus (Extract)
11 Four Tet - Three Drums
12 Abdullah Ibrahim Trio - Soweto

Tuesday 27 June 2023

The Nightowl Sings / Goatherder - What We See In Storms ​/ ​Future Goatherder


Treehouse Orchestra Recordings 2023

01 The Nightowl Sings - Footsteps Are Not Forever
02 The Nightowl Sings - Deep Country
03 The Nightowl Sings - Wynd
04 The Nightowl Sings - Ottor Furrows
05 The Nightowl Sings - It's Only Love, It's Only Everything
06 The Nightowl Sings - Wayward
07 Goatherder - 12 Apostles Stone Circle, Dumfries
08 Goatherder - Intensification 90
09 Goatherder - Forest Head
10 Goatherder - Sam's Chimes
11 Goatherder - Slow Education

The Nightowl Sings - 'What We See In Storms':

Marc Gillen - Acoustic and electric guitars, drum machine, bass, field recordings and samples, keyboards and vocals.


Stephen Benson - Guitar and mandolin on 'Wayward'.
Emily Ford - vocals on 'Wayward'.
Catherine Reding - violin and keyboards on 'Ottor Furrows'.
Voice of Tom Edmondson used in 'Footsteps are Not Forever'.

All songs written by Marc Gillen.

Recorded in our homes 2022-23.

Mixed and arranged by Alastair Popple at the Kitchen Sync.

Artwork by Emily Ford.
Goatherder - 'Future Goatherder':

Performance, mix and production by Stephen Benson.

'Apostles Stone Circle, Dumfries & Galloway' vocal by Camille Matton, recorded at Hayton Castle. Soundtrack to the film of the same name.

'Intensification 90' drums by Mike Taylor. Completed with found sound January 2023.

'Forest Head' Cmybalin and percussion recorded in Kielder Wood sound installation.

'Sam's Chimes' contains a sample from a live improvisation of Clyde Stubblefield. Piano improvised at The Sage, Gateshead. Field recordings from Carlisle cathedral. Assembled in Hebden Bridge.

'Slow Education' recorded live at Free Radicals, 'An Evening Of Experimental Music', 28th of January, 2022.

Mastered by Jonathan Sharp.

Artwork by Stephen Benson.

Mastered for vinyl by Jonathan Sharp. 


Free download and streaming and extremely limited lathe cut 12" transparent vinyl available from Bandcamp.


Sparklehorse - A Horse's Stomach


Fan made compilation 2020

01 Heloise
02 Heart of Darkness (Wiggly)
03 My Yoke is Heavy
04 Midget in a Junkyard
05 Homecoming Queen (Live on KCRW)
06 Happy Place
07 Haint
08 Waiting for Nothing
09 Almost Lost My Mind
10 Dead Opera Star
11 The Hatchet Song
12 Happy Man (EV11 Mix)
13 Devil's New
14 Wish You Were Here

Surprising but welcome news this month that a fifth and final Sparklehorse album is to be released. Mark Linkous was working with Steve Albini at the time of his death in 2010 and now the family and the producer have completed the album.

I made a two volume compilation of b-sides, E.P. tracks and rarities a while ago. Here's the first one with the other to follow...

Tracks 1 & 13 from 'Gold Day' EP
Tracks 2, 4, 9, 10 & 11 from 'Chords I've Known' EP.
Tracks 3, 6, 8 & 12 from 'Distorted Ghost' EP.
Track 5 from 'Rainmaker' CD single.
Tracks 7 & 14 from 'Maria's Little Elbows' CD single.

Robbie Basho - Rocky Mountain Raga - Live from Elgin - 1981


Grass-Tops Recordings 2016

01 Scottish Rites
02 Prologue for Rocky Mountain Raga
03 Rocky Mountain Raga
04 Prologue for Moving Up A'Ways
05 Moving Up A'Ways
06 Redwood Ramble

A rare live E.P. from Basho. Originally available as a free download from the much missed Grass-Tops Recordings.

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.

Messol featuring Amy Tweddle - Rome in Fall / Autodidact


Treehouse Orchestra Recordings 2023

01 Rome in Fall
02 Autodidact

First new release of 2023 from Cumbria label Treehouse Orchestra Recordings. This one is a collaboration between Marc Gillen (Brocken Spectre, The Nightowl Sings) and Amy Tweddle (We/Are/Quasars).

Marc Gillen - Drum machine, keyboards, samples and vocals.

Amy Tweddle - Guitar and vocals.

Mixed and arranged by Alastair Popple at the Kitchen Sync.

Recorded at home 2022-23.

Words by Marc Gillen.

Artwork by Stephen Benson.

'Rome In Fall' contains a modified extract from "Night on the Docks - Sax" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License - creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Film dialogue on 'Autodidact' from 'Human Desire' [Fritz Lang 1954).


Spacemen 3 - Live at The Black Lion Pub, Northampton, 03/08/85


Live Recording 1985

01 Intro
02 2.35
03 These Things Have Got to Be
04 Little Doll
05 Things'll Never Be The Same

Very early recording of Spacemen 3 now. It was very well documented, with plenty of photographs and tales of the evening reproduced online. Great early snapshot of the band already sounding huge.

Tuesday 28 February 2023

The Stone Roses - The Paul Schroeder Mixes


Unreleased 1994

01 Breaking Into Heaven
02 Driving South
03 Begging You
04 Daybreak
05 Good Times
06 Tears
07 Ten Storey Love Song
08 Love Spreads
I was recently reading about The Stone Roses 'Second Coming' and I remembered all the 
cassettes that floated around before the albums release. It's an album I admittedly
haven't listened to in years, but these (and future) alternate versions offer an 
interesting listen for a fan.

After nearly two years of stopping and starting and very little recording, producer
John Leckie quit. Engineer Paul Schroeder became the new producer (he too would later 
quit) and assembled these mixes of the tracks they had. Generally rougher, these 
mixes were made for the tons of overdubs John Squire would apply over the coming 

I prefer several of these versions to the album proper.

Blues Magoos - Psychedelic Lollipop


Fontana 1966 / Repertoire Records 2005

01 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
02 Love Seems Doomed
03 Tobacco Road
04 Queen Of My Nights
05 I'll Go Crazy
06 Gotta Get Away
07 Sometimes I Think About
08 One By One
09 Worried Life Blues
10 She's Coming Home

Bonus Tracks
11 Tobacco Road
12 Sometimes I Think About
13 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
14 Gotta Get Away

Garage psych classic. This is the Repertoire Records re-issue from 2005 with singles and b-sides as bonus tracks.

Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffaloes - Uganda


Toshiba Records 1972

01 Wanyama Na Mapambazuko
02 Na Tu Penda Sana
03 Vita
04 Pygmy

A right mash up of Japanese prog jazz and Ugandan rhythm.

Sunday 22 January 2023

Ed Askew - Ask The Unicorn


ESP Disk 1968

01 Fancy That
02 Peter and David
03 Marigolds
04 Mr. Dream
05 Red Woman - Letter to England
06 The Garden
07 May Blossoms Be Praised
08 9-Song
09 Love is Everyone
10 Ask the Unicorn

Ed Askew was an art teacher in Connecticut when he started performing live in 1966. Outsider folk music played with a Martin Tiple and Ed's unique voice.

He's seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, releasing new music in the last decade.

The title and cover art are taken from a re-press on ESP Disk in the 90's.

Egisto Macchi - Bioritmi


Gemelli 1971

01  Batteri
02  Iperitmia
03  Microscopia
04  Automaticita
05  Valvole Cardiache
06  Laboratori
07  Peristalsi

Break in the new year with some avant-garde Italian library music.

One of the earliest and rarest Macchi albums; only re-issued once in 2015 in Australia on noisy vinyl.

David & The Dorks - The Matrix San Francisco 1970


Bootleg 1970

01 Bertha
02 Deep Elem Blues
03 Drop Down Mama
04 Cowboy Movie
05 Triad
06 The Wall Song
07 Motherless Children

Very sad to hear about the passing of David Crosby this week. He had a very full life and lived longer than everyone expected.

This blog already has some Byrds and some unreleased recordings from Cros that can be found here.

This live boot from 1970 finds Crosby and The Grateful Dead together on stage. The Dorks were a short lived band, playing only two or three concerts (no one can remember). Recorded around the time of the sessions for 'If I Could Only Remember My Name...'.

Thanks for all the music, Cros.