Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In and out and in and out...

Playlist
King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair
King Crimson - Live in Vienna
Sparks - Angst in Your Pants
King Crimson - Larks Tongues in Aspic
Roxy Music - Country Life
UK - Night After Night
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Cold Clear Morning (Ambient Remix)
Jacques Loussier Trio - Play Bach No1
Brian Eno - Another Green World
Fehlfarben - Die Platte Des Himmlischen Friedens
Capital Models - 2020-02-25
Capital Models - 2020-03-10
Alice Cooper - Paranormal
Alice Cooper - Detroit Stories

Middle of the week...


Almost the end of February...


Time is marching on...


Coffee...


Then, initially with King Crimson, to work...

These were lined up for later...


A quick visit from Fang re the hoovering up of some Dreamies...


The last Sparks LP in the "Random LP of the Day " project - of the 14 I own  - out of the 308 LPs remaining in my collection...


Produced by Mack for Giorgio Moroder...


...and recorded in Munich with the Gleaming Spires as the band...


Choc full of great, clever (as ever), songs...


Then, another King Crimson classic, the only one by the early 70's quintet line up of Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Cross and Muir...


every second of this one is worthwhile...


...not a single one is wasted...


Yowsah!


Salad for lunch with two episodes of "Superstore" - creatures of habit...


Back to work and two more great albums...

"Country Life" - subtitled "The Fourth Roxy Music Album"...


Due to the front cover above, a version of the back cover, below, was used in the USA...


The second f the triplogy faturing the violin and keyboards of Eddie Jobson...


...who had replaced Eno after the 2nd album...


Jobson was later chosen by King Crimson's management to frint a new version of the band with Robert Fripp, John Weton and Bill Bruford around 1977...

Fripp declined, Allan Holdsworth joined and UK was born...

This is their third, live, LP - by this time (actually post the tour opost the first LP) Holdsworth and Bruford had departed, replaced by Terry Bozzio on drums...


Much of the material on the 2nd LP had been played live by the initial quartet...

This is far and away my least favourite of the three UK albums released during the band's short-lived career...


It has its moments but nether of the two new songs are up to the standards of what had gone before - this could easily have been an excellent double album, rather than the whimper with which they left the stage...


 Wetton would form Asia a couple of years later, while Jobson briefly joined Jethro Tull...


Oh well...

I still have the two studio LPs...

Fishcakes (with unpictured beans - Mmmm, beans) for tea...


The new Alice Cooper LP will arrive on Friday but, tonight, Herr Sonnenschein e-mailed me the MP3s from Deutschland...

It rocks, big style...

It will be my new release of the month for February...

Also today, I compared and contrasted my "Top Ten Albums of the Year" lists from 1959 to 2020 to the "New Release of the Month" from May 1959 to now and looked at those from the former not on the latter, finding their release dates and checking what had been chosen for the latter list and, in 49 instances, decided to make a change...

These LPs joined the fray...


...while these 49, 6 of which only came on to the list a couple of weeks ago, when I made 59 changes, exited the number one spots for their respective months...


So, over the last couple of weeks, 108 out 740 choices (around 15%) changed and 6 changed twice...

This is how I waste my time...

Highlight of the Day : Compiling...

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The further away, the better it gets...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Schoenberg Webern Berg
Bill Frisell - Richter 858
Bill Frisell - Further East Further West
The Lickerish Quartet - Threesome Vol 1 [EP]
Jellyfish - The Bellybutton Demos
UK - Reunion - Live in Tokyo
Joseph Arthur - Lou
Various - Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles
Martin Tielli - The Ghost of Danny Gross (Part 1)
Martin Tielli - The Ghost of Danny Gross (Part 2)
Michael Bruce - Rock Rolls On
Zevious - Zevious
Ofra Harnoy - Beatles Classics
Brian Eno - On Land
Idris Muhammad - Black Rhythm Revolution!
Sparkplug - The Music of Melvin Sparks
Simulacrum - Genesis
Don Sebesky - Three Works for Jazz Soloists and Symphony Orchestra
Harmonia - Documents 1975
Dream Theater - Train Of Thought
The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet

Started the day with the upcoming CBQ LP - sounds better the further I am away from the point of creation - taking on a personality of its own...

Anyway, up...


And much new stuff to listen to while WFH...

Scenes...





Breakfast...


Salad for lunch and two episodes of "Superstore" (with another three this evening)...

No deliveries today, other than digitally...

A long call with prog rock Willie resulted in listening to and downloading some new to me prog metal...


He was interested in my books...


..and other stuff...




Tasty tea, featuring the last of the nduja and some new chorizo...


"Holby City" - getting not bad again...

Today's input...


The beast was unhappy with the sound in the computer room and so rewired the third speaker with some of the new wire...

Which cheered it up...


A right riveting day...

Highlight of the Day : New music...

Monday, February 22, 2021

A C90 will not fit onto one CD...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017
The Heavenly Music Corporation - Like Patience on a Monument Smiling at Grief
Sombre Reptiles - Crispysnatch
Sombre Reptiles - Liverysilver
Sombre Reptiles - Angelspeech
The Heavenly Music Corporation - Cloudland Blue
The Heavenly Music Corporation - Windfall Star
The Heavenly Music Corporation - Moveable Sky
Sombre Reptiles - Starcrossfix
Sombre Reptiles - Retrospective : Volume 1
Sombre Reptiles - Retrospective : Volume 2
Sombre Reptiles - Retrospective : Volume 3

Up at seven...





...and finished off, this morning, the sending of the MP3s of 40 cassettes recorded between 1977 and 1989 to a German Record Company to allow them to make choices re the, at present, proposed 2 2LP sets which will form part of a big box set in 2022 called "British Cassette Culture Volume 2"...

So that was exciting...

One particular cassette (or rather three cassettes all told), recorded in 1989, of looped guitars and synths, got me thinking and I ended up doing long ambient mixes of the 6 excerpts I currently have digitally of those (the originals having also been transferred to Germany for listening)...

All that before...breakfast...


And a visit from the squirrel (or one of the squirrels - there are at least three regulars)...


This, for no reason - Anne's mum and dad with brother in law Keith...


Salad for lunch and two episodes of "Superstore"...

A visit in the afternoon from neighbour Fiona (and, later, her husband, Pietro) to view our loft ladder...



Tasty tea tonight of Green Thai Chicken Curry - noticeably hotter than the Red Thai we usually have...


Yum...

On telly, we beat Duham University in "University Challenge" but didn't quite reach the 135 points we got last week...

More episodes of "Superstore" enjoyed...

A new series of "Unforgotten" started too...

The usual format...

The soundtrack today was me post 1989 and pre becoming CBQ in 1996...

I reconstituted some albums which had originally been released as C90 cassettes via our shop and so had tracks spread around here and there when they were transferred to CD in the late 90's and early 2000s...

They should, of course, have been double CDs...


They are now. (or will be if ever re-released physically)..

That was it...

Highlight of the Day : Rediscovering my early 90's output...