Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Playlist : January Music Volume 9 2007-2011

Welcome to the new series of playlists on Cloudland Blue, to be uploaded throughout 2015...

Each month, Mr CBQ will feature albums released in said month, over the last 50 years or so...

This is the ninth of ten podcasts plotting January released albums over the last fifty years...
11 tracks from 2007 through to 2011 in the penultimate programme, featuring pop from OK Go, Adele, Lady Antebellum and Ke$ha, rock from Stratovarius and Gang of Four, indie from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Eels, and Iron & Wine, noise from The Knife and some prog from The Mars Volta...

Featured albums:-
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder (2007)
Adele - 19 (2008)
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath (2008)
Ke$ha - Animal (2010)
OK Go - Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky (2010)
Eels - End Times (2010)
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (2010)
The Knife - Tomorrow, In A Year (2010)
Stratovarius - Elysium (2011)
Gang Of Fou - Content (2011)
Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean (2011)

Enjoy!

Using the button over to the right, you can join 1,300 or so followers of these ongoing selections on Mixcloud...

If you're interested in knowing about any of the tracks, contact me...

Press play and away we go...


Monday, January 26, 2015

Music in the cans, on the stage, behind the door...

Playlist
Tangerine Dream - Nottingham 1976-11-08
Tangerine Dream - Montreal 1977-04-09
Haydn - Kaiser String Quartet
Dutilleux - Ainsi La Nuit
Brahms - String Quartet Op 51 No 2
Ligeti - Kammerkonzert/Ramifications/Lux Aeterna/Atmospheres
Tangerine Dream - Berlin 1973-11-29

The 35th anniversary of "The Sweet Thrill of Industry" started and ended with a couple of results of the ongoing downloading of Tangerine Dream concerts...

Meanwhile, the sky was good...



To HMV, where Panufnik...


..Rozsa...


...and Rzewski were considered...


...but not partaken of...

The sky remained good...


In the evening, a nice tea with the Exec Producer at Quattro Zero...

I must not have haggis pizza again...


This on the way to the Queen's Hall...


...for the third of four string quartet recitals...

Having seen the Emersons and the Belcea already in this series, tonight it was Quatuor Ebene, featuring their brand new violist...

They opened with Haydn's Emperor Quartet - very tuneful, including what became the German National Anthem...

Then some very complex and not enjoyed by the EP work from Dutilleux...


A cheeky wee Sugar Free Irn Bru at half time...


...before the evening was rounded off with one of only three Brahms quartets - he destroyed a further 20 without a trace for being not quite up to his take on the elusive "scratch"...


A wee outro from one of the four attractive young Frenchmen and an encore of "In Dulce Jubilo" with a beautiful arrangement by J S Bach...


Home to find this behind the door...


...which was enjoyed before bedtime...

A good day...

Highlight of the Day : String Quartet recital...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Much of the day...

Playlist
Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years: 1977-1983 (2)
Various - Prestige Records : The Album Cover Collection
Various - The Look Of Love: Burt Bacharach Collection
Pärt - Minimal Piano Collection Vol IV
Andriessen - Minimal Piano Collection Vol XVII
Jeroen Van Veen - Piano Music
The Chic Organization - Up All Night
Jackie McLean - New And Old Gospel
Mozart - Complete Works, Vol. 1 - Symphonies
Mozart - Complete Works, Vol. 6 - Keyboard Works
Tangerine Dream - Sheffield 1974-10-29
Tangerine Dream - London, Royal Albert Hall 1975-04-02
Tangerine Dream - Les Ponts de Ce 1973-05-20
Tangerine Dream - White Eagle
Tangerine Dream - Paris 1975-09-14
Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation
Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri
Tangerine Dream - Underwater Sunlight
Tangerine Dream - Poland
Tangerine Dream - Zeit
Tangerine Dream - Le Parc
Tangerine Dream - Green Desert
Tangerine Dream - Tyger

Much of the day spent realising the futility of what I'm trying to do re the tapes from the attic...

Much of the day spent transferring "music", despite the above...

Much of the day spent downloading at least 20 (make that 25) live concerts by Tangerine Dream recorded by various means between 1973 and 1980 - for me, the glory years (actually probably just 74-77)...

Also took a listen to Mozart's earliest works - short keyboard pieces written when he was five...

In the afternoon, after watching the "season premiere" of "CSI", first of a two part story, out to my mum's for our weekly visit...

Shopping on the way home and arriving back in the dark...


In the evening, tasty chilli from Anne and last Monday's preposterous "Broadchurch" before more Tangerine Dream...


...and "Last Tango in Halifax"...

Another weekend gone...

Post Script - some excitement late on as I realised a new Creek track, or rather the beginnings of one, was in my inbox from Mr Sutherland...

Could 2015 finally be the year we follow up or 2004 album?

Is 11 years really too long between LPs?

highlight of the Day : Live TD and Chilli...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dreaming of the future while conjuring up the past...

Playlist
Booker T. & The MG's - The Best Of Booker T & The MGs
The Chic Organization - Up All Night
Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years: 1974-1978
Richter - Vivaldi Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter
Crispycat Recordings - Original Tapes
Jordi Savall: Hespèrion XX - Medinaceli 1: Moyen Âge & Renaissance
Helbig - Pocket Symphonies
Haydn - Music For Lute
Schumann - Piano Concertos
Gil Shaham, Göran Söllscher - Paganini For Two
Alfred Brendel & Cleveland Quartet - Schubert "Trout" Quintet
Rasmussen - Dancing Raindrops
Shostakovich; Lewensohn - Works For Viola & Chamber Orchestra
Thiele - Orchestral Works
Weiss - The Rest is Silence
Luython - Musik Am Prager Hof Kaiser Rudolf II
William S. Burroughs - Dead City Radio
David Sylvian - Everything And Nothing
Tangerine Dream - Croydon 1975
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
Weather Report - Sweetnighter
Telemann - Music for Flute, Oboe and Guitar
Mertens - Integer Valor : To Fill In The Blank
Sun Ra - Space Is The Place
James Morrison - The Awakening
Dittersdorf - Bratschen-Sonaten
Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets
Various - Wait a Minute : The Stax & Satellite Story
Ten Holt - Canto Ostinato XXL (4)
Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years: 1977-1983

I go to bed dreaming of the point that I can get up again - is that a lust for life?

As soon as I wake up I start thinking about all the things I might do - especially on a Saturday or Sunday and so I rise as early as possible...

But, usually, as you will be aware, my days come to virtually nothing...

As was the case today...

Up just before 8, which was late but pretty good considering I retired around 3 am...

Coffee secured and to work...


Updated my Excel Spreadsheet of CDs I own...

I did this with a view to identifying CDs I might dispose of...

That failed...

I updated my playlist of "last 100 albums I've bought"...

To the attic and sifting through boxes of tapes to find anything of interest (to me) which might make a worthwhile experiment re the newly acquired Nakamichi Tape Deck...

A pile of tapes was duly selected and brought down to the back room...

Of course they must be recorded in "real time"...

I found 2 C90s of recordings from February and March 1996 which never saw the light of day...

I had undertaken a project to programme all the tracks from the early Sombre Reptiles LPs onto my then music station and had obviously recorded each one as I went along...

The sound quality is quite good and so I started a transfer from cassette to MicroSD...


Just as I approached the 3 hour mark, attached by headphones, I absent mindedly moved away from the box on which everything was perched and, accidentally, pulled the recording machine off the box...

It turned itself off and deleted the 3 hours of recordings I'd just painstakingly carried out...

Oh well...

I did manage to transfer four items...

An EP of studio and live recordings of my band Call Me Clive from the late 80's (I was singing along good style)...

A two song demo tape of, firstly, a song which ended up on my 1987 album "Smalltalk" called "The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back" - working title "Fuck You" apparently - and, secondly, a cover of Alice Cooper's "Dead Babies"...

And three sets by Capital Models - a rehearsal at original guitarist Eric Merrill's "bunker" probably recorded between Xmas and New Year 1979...


...our first gig on 4 Jan 1980 recorded by sister Pam at The Dryden Club in Loanhead and a gig at the Netherbow Theatre in Edinburgh in March 1980, by which time Eric and drummer Jim had been replaced by drummer Keith and Nicky Hind...



All this while Anne and her mum witnessed Hearts' first defeat of the season 3-2 at home to Falkirk while Hibernian beat Queens 2-0 in Dumfries.  These two results combined meant that Queens fall to fifth in the table and, for the first time this season, are outwith the play off zone...

In the evening an enlightening programme on Mozart ("The Joy of Mozart") (Mozart wrote his first symphony at the age of 8....yes, 8!!!) preceded this week's double bill of "Spiral" with a shock at the end of episode 6...

Then, some experimenting with trying to up the audio quality of a couple of today's transferred tapes - to no avail...

To bed just after midnight accompanied by Tangerine Dream's "Force Majeure" and dreaming of the point I can get up again tomorrow...

And so it goes...

Highlight of the Day : Old tapes rediscovered, even though in reality, they're not very good...

Playlist : January Music Volume 8 2002-2006

Welcome to the new series of playlists on Cloudland Blue, to be uploaded throughout 2015...

Each month, Mr CBQ will feature albums released in said month, over the last 50 years or so...

This is the eighth of ten podcasts plotting January released albums over the last fifty years...
We move past the millennium, with Prog Metal from Dream Theater and some leftfield rock from Adrian Belew and, once again, a man who liked to release his LPs at the start of the year, Lou Reed...

On the electronic front there's a track from LCD Soundsystem's debut, two tracks from Erasure and one from the Chemical Brothers...

Mercury Rev and Bright Eyes complete the selection...

Featured albums:-
Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (2002)
Erasure - Other People's Songs (2003)
Lou Reed - The Raven (2003)
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem (2005)
The Chemical Brothers - Push the Button (2005)
Mercury Rev - The Secret Migration (2005)
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning (2005)
Erasure - Nightbird (2005)
Adrian Belew - Side 1 (2005)

Enjoy!

Using the button over to the right, you can join 1,300 or so followers of these ongoing selections on Mixcloud...

If you're interested in knowing about any of the tracks, contact me...

Press play and away we go...


Rushing headlong into the cosmos...

Playlist
Blood, Sweat & Tears - The Best Of Blood, Sweat & Tears: What Goes Up!
Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago - Chicago V
Chicago - Chicago VII
Santana - Caravanserai
The Steve Miller Band - The Very Best Of The Steve Miller Band
Stiff Little Fingers - Stiff Little Fingers Anthology
Philip Glass - REWORK_ (Philip Glass Remixed)
Booker T. & The MG's - The Best Of Booker T & The MGs
The Chic Organisation - Up All Night
Pederson - Stoned : An Electronic Symphony
Tangerine Dream - Mala Kunia

Started the day in the the middle of the night with BS&T on the cans - a continuation of my recent quasi-obsession with the band Chicago...

Out under good skies...




At lunchtime, a walk along to Fopp and these were purchased for just 12 of your English pounds all told...

Santana's Caravanserai, arguably at their peak in 1972 - uplifting...


A German Steve Miller Band Compilation of their work from 1976-84 (so the Joker is a re-record)...

Every household had some Steve Miller in its collection in the early eighties...


My 1st ever Stiff Little Fingers recordings, other than on punk rock compilations...

Got a su-su-su-su-suspect device etc...


The Best of Booker T & The MGs - Soul classics form 1967-71, hence no Green Onions, which was a hit in 1962...


And, finally, The Chic Organisation's 2CD compilation "Up All Night"...

The first time on CD at the original vinyl speeds for many of these top tracks...

Previous CD issues included the tracks at the speed at which they were recorded...

On vinyl, back in the day, when Mr Quartet frequented the discos of Munich, Chic speeded the masters up to make them more exciting...


Anne was off out on the ran dan with chums Lesley and Gillian, leaving me to my own devices...

I took the opportunity to rip and listen to the above...

...and to watch my third James Bond movie of the week, "Skyfall"...

Much enjoyed...

It was announced too today, that Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream died on Tuesday afternoon - coincidentally around the time I was listening to their album "Encore"...

These two box sets of TD's Virgin era albums have just left the living room shelf...



Even though I had all the LPs individually, I had to have these too because I love Tangerine Dream - this is how I waste my money...

Meanwhile, Phaedra is my all time favourite TD album - you can't beat "Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares"...


I first bought it on vinyl 40 years ago...

And I met Edgar Froese in 2008...

But we are all rushing headlong into the cosmos...

A call at midnight or so to go and pick up the ladies, the request duly fulfilled...

A nightcap at Gillian and Lindsey's place, where Lesley was overnighting and some excellent chat was undertaken, along with a look around of and a comfy sit in a very impressive indeed extension, which is now their main living area...

Sack finally hit around three...

Highlight of the Day : Catching up with Gillian and Lindsey...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Something must be done...

Playlist
Tangerine Dream - Encore
Jeroen Van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection Vol XIII
Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets
Chicago - The Best Of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition
Santana - The Ultimate Collection
Various - February Music Vol 1
Chicago - Chicago VII

The majority of the day was spent soundtracked by disc one of each of the recently acquired Chicago and Santana retrospectives...

Holes in my early Chicago collection were filled and the result of this online buying spree are awaited...

Meanwhile these were offered for free by JY Johnny...


Alas the deal was (quite rightly) vetoed by the Exec Producer on the grounds of my having no room to accommodate them and, "anyway, shouldn't you be getting rid of some of these CDs instead of buying more?"

Hmmm...





Very probably...

It's clear something needs to be done...

It's also clear that the likelihood of something being done is remote...

We'll see...

An evening spent mostly goggleboxing with "Big Bang" "Brooklyn Nine Nine", "Marry Me", "Death in Paradise", "Question Time" and "This Week" taking us into tomorrow...

Highlight of the Day : Old CBS stalwarts...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cats and wolves...

Playlist
Jeroen Van Veen - Piano Music
Various - Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon
Various -Wish You Were Here Again
Various - Wait a Minute : The Stax & Satellite Story
Various - January Music Vol 7
Various - February Music
Abwärts - Amok Koma
The Buzzcocks - Time's Up
The Butterfield Blues Band - The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
John Coltrane - Ascension

These roses were bought for Anne a good while ago now and have lasted rather a long time...

Nice cat pic too...


...and here's a nice real cat...


It's the William St Cat as spotted very occasionally on, funnily enough, William St...


Lovely wee monkey...


I chanced across it as we made our way to the Lune Town...


...for a lunch with chums Spike, Julie, Derek, Prog Rock Willie, JB, Gaz, Christine and Margaret...


A good time and not too large portions - which allowed me still to enjoy a very tasty prawn and chorizo spaghetti back home in the evening...

A programme on the secret lives of animals very much entertained and we also enjoyed the first episode of Thomas Cromwell drama "Wolf Hall"...

Then some listening and surfing and writing this up...

Lights out...

highlight of the day : Anne's spaghetti trumps the Chinese...

Playlist : January Music Volume 7 1987-2000

Welcome to the new series of playlists on Cloudland Blue, to be uploaded throughout 2015...

Each month, Mr CBQ will feature albums released in said month, over the last 50 years or so...
This segment, the seventh of ten podcasts plotting albums released in the month of January over the last fifty years, takes us from 1987 to the millennium, rocking with the Purps, two albums from Lou Reed, electronic work from New Order, David Bowie, The Blue Nile, Air and Enigma, classic pop from Britney and a rare solo outing from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson...

Featured albums:-
Deep Purple - The House of Blue Light (1987)
Lou Reed - New York (1989)
New Order - Technique (1989)
The Blue Nile - Hats (1989)
Lou Reed - Magic & Loss (1992)
Alex Lifeson - Victor (1996)
David Bowie - Earthling (1997)
Air - Moon Safari (1998)
Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time (1999)
Enigma - The Screen Behind The Mirro (2000)

Enjoy!

Using the button over to the right, you can join 1,300 or so followers of these ongoing selections on Mixcloud...

If you're interested in knowing about any of the tracks, contact me...

Press play and away we go...


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dark, light, dark - so it goes...

Playlist
Jeroen Van Veen - Piano Music (4)
Valery Gore - Idols in the Dark Heart
Flying Colors - Second Nature
Tangerine Dream - Encore
Various - 3/60 Northern Soul

Out early this morning and into town...


Dark skies still...


And, here, a little blurry...


By the time I got to the West end the sun was coming up...


...over the castle...





I was regaled by tales of what might be happening soon in Europe and around the world...

The rest of the day provided nothing to report and I returned home via the number 26...


Some cars drive too fast on Crispycat Hill...


I was soon on the garden path...


...and into the warmth of a sausage and bean casserole and the conclusion of this week's "Silent Witness", which was preceeded by a programme of internet clips of cats - what's not to like?

Ended the day updating this, whilst enjoying yesterday's Northern Soul purchase, the minimal Dutch piano music having soundtracked the day...

Lights out...

highlight of the day : Pianos in my ears and a tasty casserole...