Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ships in the night...

Playlist
King Crimson - The Road to Red Vols 4-7
Various - Dub Club Volume 002
Max Richter - Retrospective

Probably the final flowers in the back garden this morning...


Good skies at lunchtime...





In the early evening, some Dub listening after a day of live King Crimson...

Later "Scott & Bailey"...

Drummer Jim still in hospital as far as I'm aware - rehearsing with Keyboard Andy tomorrow and Bassist (or, possibly, Drummer again) Keith on Sunday...

Looking forward to the entire band coming together at some point before the gig...

That would be good...

Finally, a new download, the four CD retrospective, on Deutsche Grammophon, of the music of Max Richter...

Superb...

Highlight of the Day : Max Richter...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A court re-entered...

Playlist
Uriah Heep - Epic Uriah Heep 1970-2014
Ken Hensley & John Wetton - More Than Conquerors
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
Alice Cooper - The Alice Cooper Group Singles 1970-1973
King Crimson - The Road To Red (01) Columbus, OH 28/04/74
King Crimson - The Road To Red (02) Pittsburgh, PA 29/04/74

Yep, lurgi still present...

Shifted my listening today from Heep to CBQ to the Coop to Crimso...

In the evening, a chicken based dinner and loadsa telly, including two "CSI"s - series over...

My switch to Crimso was inspired by a Facebook post from Sid Smith alerting me to an offer at Amazon on the new 27CD(!!) box "Starless"...

Some listening to last year's "The Road to Red", along with the price of under £4 a disc...


...led me to capitulate and order...


Looking forward to its arrival...


Highlight of the Day : Crimson...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wonderworld...

Playlist
King Crimson - The Road to Red Improvs
Uriah Heep - Wonderworld
Uriah Heep - Return To Fantasy
Uriah Heep - High And Mighty
Uriah Heep - Live '73
Various - Now That's What I Called Music 1959-????
Uriah Heep - Innocent Victim
Robert Fripp - Perspectives And Distortion
Uriah Heep - Demons And Wizards
Uriah Heep - Conquest
Uriah Heep - Epic Uriah Heep

Still under the influence of the lurgi...

No acquisitions today despite visits to both HMV and Fopp - bumping into brother in law Bobby in the latter, doing his weekly scan of what he ought to be listening to on Spotify and/or Deezer...

Back home, eschewing TV, post "Big Bang" reruns and a tasty chilli from the Exec Producer, a further ten discs of fave singles from the early eighties were added to the hard drives...

Despite this sustenantial intake I hit my all time low again today and hope to be able to partake again soon from the Ritter Sport stash residing in the fridge...

Meanwhile, what's this?


It's probably too many Uriah Heep CDs...


The mighty Heep formed much of my listening today...

It's now just over 40 years since I saw the classic Box/Byron/Hensley/Kerslake/Thain line up at the Edinburgh Odeon...


Jeez-oh...

Elsewhere, text correspondence with drummer Jim revealed he is still in hospital and his leg pain is down to "a bug" - he is being kept in...

Rehearsals will continue on Thursday with a duo session at Andy's concentrating on keyboard lines and backing vocals...

Soldiering on...

Highlight of the Day : Heep reminiscences and, of course, the EP's culinary skills...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The horror...

Playlist
Various - Now That's What I Called Music 1978 - 1980
Thomas Köner - Tiento de las Nieves (Preview)
Capital Models - Rehearsal Tapes
Various - Capital Models Covers : The Originals

Still not free of the lurgi...

Added more old singles to the hard drive this morning before getting ready for today's work...

Oh, and ordered the upcoming new release from Thomas Köner...


To Keith's around midday, dropped off by Anne who was off to Jane and Bobby's to watch the Edinburgh derby, which Hearts pulled out of the fire with an equaliser in the 92nd minute, a 1-1 draw maintaining their unbeaten record in the league by the skin of their teeth and keeping Hibernian a further two points behind Queens than they might have been...

Meanwhile, the setting up took place...



Hard work for the trio of music makers...





No drums today, with Jim texting to advise he was still in hospital...


Anne arrived around 4:30 to end the session - probably for the best - these early days are always the worst...

We will soldier on...

To Anne's mum's for the first full family tea for a good while...

A magnificent pavlova (featuring white chocolate) was the centrepiece, following tasty marinated in a spicy barbecue sauce chicken...


Some shenanigans took place between Mr CBQ and his favourite niece...






We decided to advertise Diet Coke...


...and Kitty was getting ready for Hallowe'en...


The most horrific moment though, was discovering - aargh!


...that she had eaten an out of date biscuit!!


Meanwhile...


...brother-in-law Keith was disappointed to find that only his arm featured in the second Diet Coke ad...


Home to "Downton" for Anne and some listening back to today's work for me...

Highlight of the Day : Playing with the band, dining with the family...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Past and future...

Playlist
Various - Now That's What I Called Music 1959-1977
Various - Dub Club Volume 001

The majority of this still under the weather day was spent working on compiling a 2015 calendar as a present for Anne's mum - which involved trawling through all the pics taken over the last year (plus around 700 of Anne's mum's pics) to choose suitable images of family members and pets...

Whilst doing this, I was listening to my compilations originally undertaken around 15 years ago to record my own personal history of popular music from 1959 onwards...




Three episodes of "CSI" were also caught up on, a call with my mum advising no visit due to lurgi, Queens drawing at Livingston after being 2-0 up and the third last "Dr Who", which wasn't great but the trailer for the upcoming two part finale looked very promising...

Hoping for some lurgi respite re tomorrow's rehearsal....

Highlight of the Day : Old music...

Weekly Playlist No 43

Welcome to the Cloudland Blue Weekly Playlist No 43...


This week's two hour cloudcast brings you two dozen tasty treats, including four covers by Alice Cooper from his new live set, four tracks from Yello and its constituent parts, two songs from Canadian songwriter Justin Rutledge, brand new power pop from OK Go, Mike Garson's take on a David Bowie standard, while Mr B is also present himself with a cheeky wee hit single...

There's some dark ambience from Thomas Köner and, from the imminent "Morphinecodex" set, Cloudland Blue Quartet...

There's a smidgen of classical from Beethoven and Bach and some prog related stuff from Rush, Trevor Rabin, Pink Floyd and Roger Waters...

But we kick off with some seventies classics from Mott, Quo and Elton...

All of which have entertained during the last seven days...


...and during which time, light entered the CBQ camera thus...


Using the button over to the right, you can join over 1,100 other Mixcloud followers of these eclectic weekly musical selections...

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

Press play and away we go...



Mott The Hoople - All The Way From Memphis  5:03
from "Mott"

Status Quo - Down Down  3:50
from "On the Level"

Elton John - Your Song  4:04
from "Elton John"

David Bowie - Golden Years  4:02
from "Station To Station"

Mike Garson - Life on Mars  5:28
from "The Bowie Variations"

OK Go - Upside Down & Inside Out  3:08
from "Hungry Ghosts"

Beethoven - Piano Sonata #23 In F Minor, Op. 57, Andante Con Moto  6:11
from "Alfred Brendel : Beethoven Piano Concerto #5, Piano Sonata, Op. 57"

J S Bach - Lute Suite In G Minor, BWV 995, Praeludium  6:52
from "Walter Gerwig : Music For Lute"

Justin Rutledge - Heather In The Pines  7:54
from "Valleyheart"

Justin Rutledge - Looking For A Place To Happen  6:08
from "Daredevil"

Boris Blank - Cigarette Girl  1:48
from "Avant Garden Vol. 1"

Yello - Lost Again  4:21
from "You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess"

Dieter Meier - Lazy Night  3:25
from "Out Of Chaos"

Boris Blank - Aqua Marine  4:42
from "Rote Fabrik"

Thomas Köner  - Novaya Zemlya 2  12:51
from "Novaya Zemlya"

Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Pastoral Province  7:25
from "Morphinecodex"

Alice Cooper - Break On Through  3:27
Alice Cooper - Revolution  2:56
Alice Cooper - Foxy Lady  3:51
Alice Cooper - My Generation  3:03
from "Raise the Dead : Live From Wacken"

Rush - Territories  6:21
from "Power Windows"

Trevor Rabin - Market Street  5:36
from "Jacaranda"

Pink Floyd - Pigs on the Wing Pts 1 & 2  2:29
from "Animals"

Roger Waters - Amused To Death  9:06
from "Amused To Death"

Hope you enjoy this week's selection and will pop by again next week for another weekly playlist from Mr CBQ...

Friday, October 24, 2014

An unwanted reflex action...

Playlist
Various - Weekly Playlst no 43
Various - Dub Club Volume 001
Various - Crucial Music No 2
Various - Top Ten Albums 1959
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
IQ - The Road Of Bones
Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine & Sherinian - Live In Tokyo
Redemption - Live From The Pit
Robert Plant - Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar
Enchant - The Great Divide

Another day on which I did not venture forth...

I listened again to the new CBQ...


Things were still done though, despite the continuing influence of the dreaded lurgi...

Much time spent at the computer doing stuff that needed to get done...

And stuff that, frankly, didn't...

Meanwhile, new music arrived via Dropbox from Prog Rock Willie to entertain...

Later on, some CDs were kind of sorted out (i.e. taken from where they were stored in no order, piled up, sorted and alphabetised and put back to where they'd formerly been)...



Four separate playlists were concocted this evening...

Firstly, tomorrow's weekly take on the weekly ear input...



Then, the first in a possible new series - the banned from happening in real life by the Exec Producer, Dub Club...

This was followed by a stab at a second "crucial music" podcast, featuring tracks from albums bought in 1972, 1979, 1986, 1993, 2000 and 2007 and still admired...

Finally, a set featuring tracks from my fave albums of 1959 - all (understandably) jazz...

On TV, "Big Bang" reruns, "Not Going Out" and "Have I Got News For You"...

Highlight of the day though was a delicious chicken curry concocted by the EP in her inimitable fashion - mmm, mmm...

For a few happy moments, there was no coughing from Mr CBQ...

Elsewhere, disturbing news from drummer Jim - he has been admitted to hospital for tests on his errant leg...

Hopefully it will be found to be nothing serious...

His health must come before the band though and perhaps his playing last Sunday was an error on both our parts...

Fingers crossed for my old chum...

Highlight of the Day : Anne's curry...

Dub Club Volume 001

First in an occasional series...one hour of dub...


Enjoy...

Tracklist
Freddie McKay - Going Dub
U-Roy - Small Axe (Version)
Tommy McCook - True Believer In Dubs
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Axe Man
Niney The Observer - No Conscience
King Tubby - The Barber
Roots Radics Band - Storming The Death Star
Tappa Zukie - Dub M.P.L.A.
King Tubby - Special Brew
King Tubby - Easy Dub
The Heptones/The Upsetters - Babylon Falling Version
Sly & The Revolutionaries - Rizla
The Revolutionaries - Thinking Dub
The Revolutionaries - Nagusa Dub
King Tubby - King Of King In Dub
King Tubby - Take Five
King Tubby - African Roots
The Revolutionaries - Devil's Bug
King Tubby - Laser Rock

Press play and away we go...


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mission kind of accomplished...

Playlist
Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead : Live From Wacken
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
Boris Blank - Avant Garden Vol. 1
Yello - Yello by Yello : The Anthology 1980-2010
Yello - Yello by Yello : The Singles Collection 1980-2010
Yello - One Second
It Bites - Once Around The World
Lou Reed - New York
Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour
Mathilde Santing - Carried Away
Trevor Rabin - Jacaranda
Roger Waters - Amused To Death

Much of today spent in the pit of ongoing lurgi but taking the opportunity to listen to the dark ambient sounds of what now looks to be the finalised version of the new CBQ album...


It'll be a 2CD set with twenty of the pieces edited to between seven and eight minutes and four at around 3 mins each...

When I first started this project fifteen months ago (the last recordings were made a year ago this week!), the initial thought was to produce music which lasted 24 hours...

While I have around fifteen and a half hours of material, all in all, when counting the various formats together, the 24 hour target has been met, albeit with some measure of duplication...

The formats will be:-
  1. A Single disc of 3 minute edits
  2. A Single disc of four cross faded "movements", each of around 17:30, comprising the three minute edits
  3. A 2CD set as described above - this will be the version available as a digital download
  4. A 4CD set comprising four hours of music, featuring 10 minute edits
  5. A 24CD set with the full fifteen and a half hours of music included, by way of one full piece on each disc, with timings varying from 17:08 to 65:17
In addition, the physical versions of formats 3 to 5 will come with a book of the twenty four paintings which are an integral part of the project, while format 5 will also include the discs from the first four versions, giving a total of 32 discs and a running time of just of 24 hours...

Mission, therefore, kind of accomplished...

Elsewhere, a reasonable refund offered out of the blue by the company who have now, presumably, beefed up their packaging, re this, inflicted on my recently received Gerhard Richter's "Atlas"...



Fair do's in the tripe shop...

They offered a replacement but, really, while much appreciated, that would just have been too much hassle...

Along with more tasty home made soup and crusty rolls, on telly, the returns of "Big Bang" and "Drifters" cheered and banished the lurgi for an hour or so...

Highlight of the Day : Finalisation...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The kick in, the pour out...

Playlist
Various - iPod Shuffleplay
Mike Garson - The Bowie Variations
Dieter Meier - Out of Chaos
Walter Gerwig - J S Bach Lute Suite in G Mionor
Boris Blank - Rote Fabrik
Various - Crucial Music

Up at 4 due to lurgi induced insomnia...

Too early...

Up at five and working on the new prototype for the CBQ book of paintings re "Morphinecodex"


Some Mike Garson piano music downloaded - not really as good as it ought to be but still not bad...

Another rotten day as the lurgi really kicked in...

Back to bed by 4 in the afternoon...

Up at 8 for some very tasty home made soup...

"Scott & Bailey" entertained at 9...

Some swift surfing pre returning to the pit....

Highlight of the Day : New downloads...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A kind of an upgrade...

Playlist
Various - iPod on Shuffleplay
Various - Best of the 2014 Playlists

A horrible day...

Made worse by full lurgi onset...


Meanwhile, last night's recordings await appraisal...


The iPod was cleared of all tracks encoded above a certain bit level - and then reloaded - this space saving exercise enabled a further 7,000 or so tracks to be added...

Also tonight, in between "New Girl" and the last ever "Bad Education", some compiling of my so-called "tracks of the week" from the first 42 weekly playlists - with a view to a year end extravaganza...

On the Capital Models front, word from drummer Jim is that his leg, which seemed to be on the mend yesterday, is now even worse than it was on Sunday...

Meanwhile plans are afoot for a further duo session with Andy to work on backing vocals, specific keyboard parts and his singing of some of the songs...

It's all go...

Kind of...

Highlight of the day : Kind of upgrading the iPod...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Walking and playing...

Playlist
Boris Blank - Electrified
Dieter Meier - Out Of Chaos
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil
Justin Rutledge - Valleyheart
Farin Urlaub Racing Team - Faszination Weltraum
OK Go - Hungry Ghosts

Breakfast at home...



Some good new sounds downloaded last night and this morning, including latest solo work from the men from Yello, Boris Blank and Dieter Meier...

Some of this was eaten later on in the day...


Around 11:30, out for a walk...


Up to Corstorphine Hill...


...and up Corstorphine Hill...




...and over the top...




...and down the other side...






...and out at the other side...


...and on to Cafe Citron for a scone and a coffee...


Back by a different route...


...up Ravelston Dykes Drive...


...by the golf course, one of two situated side by side on the hill...


...and up to "Rest and be Thankful", from where impressive views were afforded...


On past the zoo...

More good views...


...and emerging at a different access point...


...and home...


Five miles, a coffee and a scone...

Good times...

Some TV watched - the final episode of the "Horizon" on the cats...

This time some fascinating facts about their language and how they use it to communicate with humans, using scent a good deal more to communicate with their own kind...

In the evening, nephew Andy came round with his keyboard and we ran through all three proposed sets with a break for tea...

A successful night...

First signs of the return of the lurgi made themselves known however...

Highlight of the Day : Walking and playing...