It’s Spring in Melbourne. The weather tends to be varied—drizzle, downpours, showers, storms, occasional sun—but when time and inclemency allow, I’ve been taking some records for walks. They need a change of scenery after the long lockdowns.
The adventure began in the back garden, celebrating Joni Mitchell’s 78th birthday (7 November) during a break in the rain. More The Squelching of Spring Lawns, really.
On many days, my favourite Joni LP. I imagine many might choose Blue or Court and Spark?
Willow Weep For Me (1968) was the first Verve original I bought. It was early in my jazz journey and my first Wes Montgomery LP too.
The shop was Bentleigh Sewing and Records, mentioned previously in these pages, at some point in the mid-70s. Behind the Singer sewing machines was a densely packed collection of second hand records (and cassettes) including a lot of jazz. I bought this for the beautiful cover and was not disappointed.
Did you have a gateway album to the world of jazz? Would love to hear.
Here we have West Australian band PsychedelicPornCrumpets 2019 LP And Now For The Whatchamacallit, nestling into some wattles.
Popol Vuh were included under the ‘krautrock’ umbrella, but that’s rather misleading. Florian Fricke and his colleagues created luminous, spiritual music of great delicacy and beauty. This 1975 album fits that description well.
The Hollies Butterfly from 1967. This is the 1978 re-issue, with a different cover.
This excellent jazz album from organist Larry Young has elements of funk, gusts of free jazz and plenty of groove.
It’s also my favourite #recordsandflowers photograph.
Any of these bring a bloom to your cheeks?