Friday, 23 January 2015



Its all coming back to me.... this blog is meant to be about music from magazines

This was a cracker from MOJO

On the downside cant find the CD and as normal seem to have deleted most of the songs

As Kurt Wagner put it "Oh Boy, Oh Shit", anyway this is what I have got left.

Howlin' Wolf  Dorothy Mae

Harry Belafonte Sylvie

Hank Ballard & The Midnighters  Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go

This aint Disney
Bryars says:
In 1971, when I lived in London, I was working with a friend, Alan Power, on a film about people living rough in the area around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo Station. In the course of being filmed, some people broke into drunken song - sometimes bits of opera, sometimes sentimental ballads - and one, who in fact did not drink, sang a religious song "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet". This was not ultimately used in the film and I was given all the unused sections of tape, including this one.
When I played it at home, I found that his singing was in tune with my piano, and I improvised a simple accompaniment. I noticed, too, that the first section of the song - 13bars in length - formed an effective loop which repeated in a slightly unpredictable way [in the notes for the 1993 recording on Point, Bryars wrote that while the singer's pitch was quite accurate, his sense of tempo was irregular]. I took the tape loop to Leicester, where I was working in the Fine Art Department, and copied the loop onto a continuous reel of tape, thinking about perhaps adding an orchestrated accompaniment to this. The door of the recording room opened on to one of the large painting studios and I left the tape copying, with the door open, while I went to have a cup of coffee. When I came back I found the normally lively room unnaturally subdued. People were moving about much more slowly than usual and a few were sitting alone, quietly weeping.
I was puzzled until I realised that the tape was still playing and that they had been overcome by the old man's singing. This convinced me of the emotional power of the music and of the possibilities offered by adding a simple, though gradually evolving, orchestral accompaniment that respected the homeless man's nobility and simple faith. Although he died before he could hear what I had done with his singing, the piece remains as an eloquent, but understated testimony to his spirit and optimism.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Elegy For Johnny Cash


The Cheeky monkey Jim (AKA The Vinyl Villain) (Two shit words to spell when your dyslexic as it happens) ( Er.. why is dyslexic easy and thier/their aint?)...

What was I saying?

Any way The VV is starting a series of stuff from cover mount CDS from  MUSIC MAGAZINES.

HA! Top Trump This

From The Word March 2012, A bonus disc to boot 

Jackie Leven

Another Man's Rain

Friendship Between Men & Women

Heartsick Land

King Of The Barley

Men In Prison

Night Lilies

Oliver Blues


Tied-Up House

Universal Blue

Working Alone / A Blessing

Jackie Leven and Ian Rankin

The Haunting Of John Rebus

Irresistible Romance

Jackie Leven & Michael Cosgrave

To Live And Die In Levenland

Bonus track

Elegy for Johnny Cash

Now thats better than NEW ORDER covers.