Tag Archives: Vinyl Connection

SANTA’S WORKSHOP [COVERART PAIR #XMAS]

John Zorn “A Dreamers Christmas” [Tzadik 2011]  /  Patsy Biscoe “Patsy’s Christmas Album” [EMS 1983] * What an extraordinary musical character is John Zorn. Although he started recording relatively late at age 27 (in 1980), since then he has amassed over one hundred recordings under his own name. But wait, there’s more. He has appeared […]

HAPPY FAMILY [COVERART PAIR #26]

Richard and Linda Thompson “Sunnyvista” [Chrysalis 1979]  /  John Hiatt “Bring the Family” [A&M 1987] * King Crimson “Happy Family” [from Lizard, 1970] * One for the holiday season

TOUCH THE DISTANT BEACHES

Eric Clapton and girlfriend Charlotte Martin were at London musician’s club The Speakeasy in Spring 1967. It was the same club where, not long previously, Eric had his first taste of LSD in circumstances that were probably not your average first trip, even in that much mythologized year. The way Eric tells it, ‘the Beatles […]

WALKING TOWARDS SUNSET

Chapter One: A potted history from 1963 – 1967 Being an ambitious but ultimately ludicrous attempt to summarise the early days of  blues legend John Mayall. Skip to Chapter Three if uninterested in early British blues. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers started playing London’s famous Marquee Club in late 1963. In the following year they […]

OH! OH! HERE HE COMES

Every shop has a selection of permanent fixtures. Not the cash register or the window dummy but those stock items that sit. Then get dusted. Then sit some more. Bentleigh Sounds, the record and electrical goods store where I worked for a good part of the 70s and early 80s was no exception. Although I […]

GLORIOUS MELANCHOLY

GENESIS A rainy night in Glasgow, early 1980s. Three university students are making music together; writing songs, practicing, discarding, straining for the moment when something soars. The more they leave out the closer it approaches what they imagine. They persevere. BUSINESS The Linn company was formed in 1973 to produce the legendary Sondek LP12 turntable. […]

TRANSCENDENTAL (NEW) MUSIC

Josef Zawinul wrote the melody ‘In a silent way’ after visiting his Austrian family for Christmas. It is a wistful, almost folky melody that you can hear on the composer’s self-titled 1971 album. But more famously and influentially the tune became the title for a 1969 album that indicated a far-reaching change of direction for […]

HOW DO YOU THINK IT FEELS

1 The last time I recall pulling out a Lou Reed album was to refresh my memory of Rock n Roll Animal for one of a series of articles on the joys of ‘live’ albums. I didn’t actually need to play it again –  it’s an album whose slashes and strokes are burned into my […]

MAGIC & LOSS [COVERART #19]

“Lou Reed” [RCA 1972] “Magic & Loss” [Sire 1992] Lou Reed [March 2 1942 – October 27 2013] * (Reflective piece here)

AUTUMN ALMANAC

Born in Melbourne, Australia on 25th October 1941: singer Helen Reddy. Her song ‘Delta Dawn’ was a #1 hit in the liberating year of 1973. Diary – Turned on the transistor and heard that dreadful song about the jilted woman who goes crazy. I’m going crazy trying to work out what to wear to school […]