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  1. It was Schubert for me too to end the night. Impromptus (D899 and D935) Aldo Ciccolini - piano 1972 EMI, from their 'collector's edition' box
  2. Do I get a cross if I let on that my favourite track is 'Down Along The Cove'. I know it's a lightweight in the company it keeps but I love the ebullient lover/daddy Dylan vibe and the groove is irresistible. You could strut to that all day long.
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984/CD) My general preference is for early Chili Peppers, but I've always felt it took until their second album for things to come together (with a little help from George Clinton). Listening to this for the first time in a long time, it's better than I remembered. Flea was an elastic beast from the get-go.
  4. James Farm (2011/CD) I put in my first Amazon order for a while and things have been coming in in dribs and drabs. This one was a sucker purchase - people who bought that also bought this - but I've enjoyed it. On first spin I thought - this is laid back, almost to a fault. But no, laid back is sometimes exaclty what you want, and it simmers with enough energy to retain interest. Nice egalitarian vibe with compositions shared among all members and individual compositions catering to the group. Joshua Redman - sax, Aaron Parks - piano, Matt Penman - bass, Eric Harland - Drums
  5. Otis Redding - Tell The Truth (1970/CD) I've been on a bit of an Otis bender lately. Along with Aretha and James Brown, he was one of the first soul singers I listened to when I discovered the genre in my late teens. I've never stopped listening to him or loving his music, but maybe as my listening ran wider and deeper I started to take him something for granted. Anyway, over the summer I picked this up secondhand - his fourth posthumous album, the bottom of the barrel, you'd think. But what a barrel! This is no hodge-podge of alternate takes, song fragments and live versions. These are full studio recordings of new songs, a little on the short side and certainly not his finest, but a solid outing that stands up to repeated listening. I've certainly been playing the hell out of it (and most of his other albums). I guess it helps when you have a voice as warm and expressive as his and a band as competent and attuned as Booker T and the MGs. The worst you're going to get is the odd lacklustre song choice. The performances are always going to be top-shelf and I don't imagine they ever needed more than a few takes to get a good one in the can. It's always sad to stop and wonder what he might have done next.
  6. Tom Waits - 'Frank's Wild Years' 'Never could stand that dog'
  7. I remember listening to mid-60s James Brown on a lovely late October morning when I was 19 - windows wide open, spring in full flush in the garden outside, my little Paradigm Titans cranking - and thinking this is about as good as it gets. But as JB put it: 'This is better than Christmas/Christmas only comes once a year/And this is all year round.' Listening to music is better than Christmas.
  8. Uncanny! I just finished listening to this. Now moving on to In San Francisco.
  9. Even the crumbs from your table are excellent. Good luck with the sale Chris.
  10. Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can Betty Harris - The Lost Queen of Soul I'll have some New Orleans soul please.
  11. Well jazz fans, let's take a moment to celebrate the centenary of recorded jazz. My CDs, records and books are all in storage, so lazy scholar that I am I'm relying on wiki here. Anyway the first released jazz recording is generally considered to be 'Livery Stable Blues' by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, recorded on 26 February 1917. So we're a day late, or right on New York time. Of course first doesn't mean best or most original, but it is a notable landmark and it opened the gate. And people are still playing jazz and we're still listening. Hip, hip, hooray!
  12. James Brown - Foundations of Funk: A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 Breaking out some prime JB after reading in today's Northside Records email that Clyde Stubblefield has died. RIP Funky Drummer.
  13. I only have Bird Noises, 10...1 and Diesel and Dust. But I got them all well after the fact. My only 'real time' memory of them is 'Blue Sky Mining' on radio and rage, around Year 7. Don't remember noticing them much after that, but I wasn't paying attention. Much later I saw them play a free, outdoor gig for the opening of the new National Museum in Canberra. Not sure exactly when that was, but I'd guess in the wake of their Sydney Olympics appearance. Garrett was still an energetic, charismatic frontman. I remember a good quip about the museum architecture looking like the back of a Woolies. I reckon he was a pretty good bloke, badly and unfairly burned by Rudd over the insulation scheme. Of the few I have, I'd say I play Diesel and Dust the most, 'Gunbarrel Highway' is probably my favourite song of theirs. I should pick up some more.
  14. You could try contacting some youth orchestras or school of music/conservatories. There must be a steady cycle of young players dropping out or upgrading from beginner to intermediate to professional instruments. You may find there's a 'go to' person who sources, repairs, restores, sells string instruments to meet that turnover. A few years ago I was looking for a trombone and found a brass/woodwind person in Canberra who was very quickly able to find me an ex-band instrument in very good condition, cheaper than anything I'd seen on gumtree or ebay.
  15. Warumpi Band - Go Bush! (1987) There was a sing along to 'My Island Home' at my kids' school assembly this morning. Thought I'd play the album this afternoon. I don't have much of it - just a few tracks here and on the Building Bridges compilation album - but I find the combination of garage band and Indigenous language vocals to be a very powerful combination. There was obviously something in the pre-Bicentennial air. I was just too young (10) to be very aware of it. I do remember the Don't Celebrate '88 stickers, but mostly just First Fleet re-enactments, Expo and, um, Dean Jones and Steve Waugh.