Monday, March 28, 2011

RIP - Lattimore Brown

Very sad news, spotted on the web earlier today.  A fantastic soul singer, another one gone.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Featured Artists - Calexico (Part Two)

Four more tunes from albums from 2003 & 2008 complete the Calexico selections.

Friday, March 18, 2011

...from Mark #6 - Bobby Charles - I Hope (1964)

Charlie Gillett died a year ago this week, a man who appears to have been an inspiration to everyone that met him, and even more who didn't.

Charlie had a reputation as an open-minded individual, oftentimes a rather ill deserved reputation it turned out. Certainly broad-minded when it came to his tastes, Charlie happily suffered from the same petty little judgements as the rest of us; quite often the reason he didn't like a song, or artist, or style was simply because he'd decided not to. As someone once described him to me ' perfectly rounded, with edges'.  We shared a lot of music privately over the years and it was a rare and hard earned delight when I got one through to the back of Charlie’s net.

The last time I saw him was the day Bobby Charles died. Charlie was leaving hospital for the weekend and was in such high spirits, I didn't have the heart to tell him. The next week I sent him this, which had somehow escaped his attention.  We talked and emailed tracks a lot over the next few months, but this is the last one I remember him allowing in, as it were.  I miss him terribly and you would too.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Featured Album - Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham

Released by Ace Records earlier this year, a typically excellent collection in the label's songwriters series.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

...from Mark #5 - George Jones - The Grand Tour (1974)

I've been lucky enough to meet many musical greats over the years and the old saying ' never meet your heroes ' isn't always true.

However, I think I may well be at the ' never see your heroes live' age.  I went to see George Jones this week at  a strawberry fair (whatever that may be) in Florida . 

God bless him, he's knocking on 80 and perhaps there should be some sort of preservation order in place to keep our legends in legendary fashion.  I managed two songs before I left . 

Better to remember him like this, a well deserved country No.1 from 1974, by which point George had already had a pretty consistently superb recording career for almost 20 years. This is exactly why many consider him the greatest country singer of all time.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gospel Slot - Pilgrim Travelers

Two performances from The Pilgrim Travelers,  highlighting the rhythmic excellence of their vocals.  Post war, they also added choreography that got the church jumping wherever they appeared and proved influential on later secular vocal groups such as The Temptations.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Featured Artists - Calexico (Part One)

“Ry Cooder meets Tom Waits meets a wandering band of mariachis in the desert”!
Calexico are so good I couldn't narrow down to six selections, so here's the first four out of eight
...from The Black Light (1998) 

...from Hot Rail (2000)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

...from Mark #4 - Ludacris - Freaky Thangs Ft Twista Jagged (2001)

For the first few years of God's Jukebox there was a rap track every week, provoking no end of " But I don't like rap complaints".

Following the whole Ross/Brand silliness, everything changed in broadcasting and suddenly 3 people had to listen to everything I wanted to play before I could play it, leading to endless stupidity on behalf of the bosses and endless frustration on behalf of me. For at least a year, I was denied two or three tracks a week, ranging from Jimmy Driftwood to the Duke Of Iron to the Fugees! It became pretty obvious the rap slot had to go if I wasn't allowed to play any. I quietly dropped it, provoking no end of "But I like rap" complaints. Which just goes to show you something, but I have no idea what.
This track is one I repeatedly tried to sneak through. Twista and Ludacris at the top of their forms; funny, filthy and funky.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Aural Massage - The Clarendonians - Lonely Heartaches (1969)

The Clarendonians "Lonely Heartaches" is a wonderful slice of Jamaican Rocksteady.  Passionate vocals, driving rhythm and catchy horn riffs make it an obvious massage.  It can be found on The Rocksteady Rarities Box Set.