Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another year over and what have we done...

New Order - Singles
Various - Albums Acquired in 2009

Last day of the year...

Up at an implausible 4am, as I couldn't sleep due to ongoing cold symptoms...

So, took a pile of DVDs downstairs and watched the Dr Who series from the early 80s, "The Five Doctors", followed by Emerson Lake and Palmer's "Birth of a Band - The Isle of Wight Festival 1970"...

Then scanned through ELP's collection "Beyond the Beginning" and watched the last six or seven songs from Pet Shop Boys' live in Mexico DVD, "Cubism"...

By the time Anne appeared, I was onto "The New Order Story"...

This reminded me of just how good New Order were and what an influence they were on me and many others in the early 80s, following on from the demise of Joy Division...

Indeed, Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys appears in the DVD saying what a huge effect New Order had on PSB...

In hindsight this is simple to see...

The gritting lorry finally arrived around 2 weeks after the first snows...

Spent some time in the afternoon rejigging one of the 30GB jukeboxes to hold (almost) every CD acquired in 2009 and, with this on Shuffleplay, I returned to bed to try and get some much needed sleep...

Up again around 7pm and prepping for the arrival of chums Lynn and Ross to see in the New Year at Crispycat Towers...

Anne had prepared a superb lamb rogan josh and two sets of pakoras which were enjoyed with the accompaniment of Bobby's Cheeky Chili Chutney, Meg's ex-mum Julia's plum chutney and Anne's mum's pear chutney and mango chutney - chutney frenzy...

Lynn and Ross arrived around 8, bearing much fizzy wine, beer and games and we ate, drank, chatted and played through the night, finally giving into fatigue around 2:30 - not bad for a bunch of old codgers...

The humming game was particularly entertaining - believe me, it's very difficult, even though you have the song off to a tee inside your head, to hum it in such a way as your collagues can guess what it is...

Here's Lynn humming to me...

Here's what Anne thought of Ross's humming...

The dice game "Greed" made a welcome return after almost 10 years (judging by the last scorecard in the box anyway, which features old friends who divorced early in the decade)...

So that's it then, au revoir 2009 - I won't take time to recap the highs and lows of the year but I did manage to take at least one picture each day - so here's a collage for each month...













And I've whittled the 2009 acquired CDs down to a "best" 100, although this is, of course, subject to change as time goes on - but here it is for now...

Top 100 Albums 2009

2009 Releases
Alice Peacock - Love Remains
Bidiniband - The Land is Wild
David Sylvian – Manafon
Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
DJ Hell - Teufelswerk
Dream Theater - Black Clouds and Silver Linings
Editors – In This Light and On This Evening
Eels – Hombre Lobo
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day
IQ – Frequency
Jason Lytle - Yours Truly, The Commuter
Morrissey - Years of Refusal
Muse - The Resistance
Paul Linklater – Smooth Sailing and How
Pet Shop Boys - Yes
Porcupine Tree - The Incident
The Olympic Symphonium – More in Sorrow than Anger
Transatlantic – The Whirlwind
Wetton Downes – Icon III

Recent Releases
Big Elf – Cheat the Gallows
Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago
Bright Eyes – Cassagada
City and Colour – Bring Me Your Love
Dar Williams – Promised Land
Deus – Vantage Point
Grand Theft Bus – Made Upwards
Great Lake Swimmers – Body and Mind
It Bites – The Tall Ships
Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
Laura Pausini – Primavera in Anticipo
Marillion – Happiness is the Road
Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight
Michael Rother - Remember the Great Adventure
Neal Morse – Cover to Cover
Nels Andrews – Off Track Betting
Nick Buzz – Circo
Planet X – Quantum
Rex the Dog – The Rex the Dog Show
Royal Wood – A Good Enough Day
Secret Machines - Secret Machines
Sherwood – A Different Light
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men
The Cure – 4:13 Dream
The Flower Kings – The Sum of No Evil
The Uglysuit – The Uglysuit
Tom McRae – King of Cards
Travis and Fripp -Thread
William Fitzsimmons – Goodnight
Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky

Be Bop Deluxe – Drastic Plastic
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
King Crimson – Lizard
King Crimson - Red
Led Zeppelin – Presence
Michael Rother – Katzenmusik
Robert Fripp – Exposure
Simple Minds – Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
The Psychedelic Furs – Same

Black Sabbath – The Dio Years
Depeche Mode – The Singles 1981-1998
Eels – Meet the Eels
Gentle Giant – Out of the Woods
Paul McCartney – Wingspan
Pet Shop Boys – Pop Art
Soft Cell – Heat: The Remixes
Tangerine Dream – Ultime Thule
UK – In The Dead of Night
Yes – The Ultimate Yes

David Gilmour – Live in Gdansk
Deep Purple – BBC In Concert 1970 & 1972
Hawkwind – The Space Ritual
King Crimson – Level Five
King Crimson – Warsaw 2000

From the Velvets to the Voidoids
Stax 50th Anniversary
This is Reggae Music 1960-1975
Trojan Club Reggae Box Set
Trojan Roots Reggae Box Set

Art Pepper – Smack Up
Donald Byrd – Free Form
Mike Taylor Quartet – Pendulum
Miles Davis – Decoy
Music Music Music – Everybody Digs Music Music Music
Music Music Music – What’s a Good Boss Anyway
Return to Forever – The Anthology
Sonny Clark – Leapin’ and Lopin’
Weather Report – Forecast Tomorrow
Weather Report – Night Passage

Catherine Bott – Virtuoso Italian Vocal Music
Cherubini – String Quartets
Craig Armstrong – Film Works 1995-2005
Huelgas Ensemble – La Quinta Essentia
Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Aria
Mendelssohn – Lieder Ohne Worte
Mozart/Schoenberg – Piano Concertos
Scarlatti – Keyboard Sonatas
Tartini – Violin Sonatas
Various Composers – 100 Best 20th Century Classics

OK that's it - see you in 2010...

Highlight of the day : Anne's uncontrollable laughter at Ross's humming attempts...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

After you...

Various – Top 30 Artists MP3 CD
The Move – Anthology 1966-72
Wetton Downes – Icon III
Johnny Winter – Johnny Winter
Santana – Welcome
Weather Report – Night Passage
Santana – Barboletta
Various – The Wooden Shijps’ Record Store Day Mix
Carl Craig/Moritz von Oswald – Recomposed
Tarwater – Donne-Moi la Main OST
Psychedelic Furs - Psychedelic Furs
Wooden Shijps - Dos
Focus - Moving Waves
Dream Theater - Black Clouds and Silver Linings
Black Sabbath - The Dio Years

Up early and to the dentist – the same one I’ve had since around 1973...

I used to fear the dentist but now I just project myself forward in time to the point where I’m emerging and nothing untoward has happened...

To the offices of “The Man” despite being on holiday – young Gillian was leaving today and I wanted to say a personal “goodbye” as well as giving her a copy of the, as yet unreleased, best of CBQ compilation – she is a fan apparently...

Then, a walk through the cold up to the music library to meet a tardy Dr Prog – held up due to ice rink conditions around Progville – indeed Mrs Prog had to stay at home today, unable to venture forth due to lack of confidence re falling over and doing herself a mischief...

The Move and Henry Cow were returned and discs by Tarwater, Iron & Wine, Wooden Shijps and Carl Craig/Mortitz von Oswald were borrowed...

The Exec Producer met up with us around 12:30 and we proceeded to Café St Giles for some lunch...

...before heading down The Royal Mile, down Cockburn St (stopping off at Avalanche), over Waverley Bridge, across Princes St and to, surprise, surprise, FOPP...

Despite having been here just two days ago, I managed to find four CDs to take home...

In addition, Anne purchased a French movie (“Gabrielle”) on DVD...

Bidding farewell to Dr Prog (who took the ELP DVD I got on Monday) we traipsed along to the car and drove home...

In the warmth of the living room, we watched a delightful French comedy, “Apres Vous”, before I got down to listening to today’s acquisitions while Anne prepared to venture out into the horrible weather to see Hearts play Motherwell at Tynecastle...

A 1-0 win, making it three wins in a row as they head to easter Road for the New Year derby on Sunday...

More music - bring on The Wooden Shijps, Focus and Santana...

A good day (despite ongoing annoying cold symptoms) was brought to a close with a listen to my Album of the Year...

Highlight of the Day : Apres vous...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Out of the cold, into the warmth...

Emerson Lake and Palmer – From the Beginning (Box Set)
The Mars Volta - Amputechture
Various – Albums Released in 2009
Tartini – Violin Sonatas
Various – Strange Jazz
Various – Chilled 1991-2008
Various - Fabriclive 23: Death in Vegas
Depeche Mode –Violator
Alexandra Burke – Overcome
Royal Wood – A Good Enough Day

Started the day with a veritable feast of Emerson Lake and Palmer – most of what they did post 1973’s “Brain Salad Surgery” was, of course, tosh...

Out shopping in the snow and ice – me to PC World for ink, Anne to Tesco for festive provisions re upcoming visits...

The car almost got stuck in Tesco’s car park, seemingly unable to move forwards or backwards – eventually I think the spinning tyres wore the ice down...

A blizzard ensued as we arrived back home...

Once again marooned, the Cloudland Blue Mobile was stranded on ice at right angles to the road, facing the garage but unable to gain enough of a hold to be propelled into its home...

Much spreading of grit and salt, digging and scraping ensued whilst the snow relentlessly snowed...

Eventually, success was achieved and we retired to the warmth of Crispycat Towers for the remainder of the day...

Meg the Black Cat perused the cold conditions from the safety of the window ledge...

My annual Festive Season Cold (© CBQ 2005) has now kicked in big style – it originally raised its head on 18 December, then seemed to disappear – since Boxing Day however, it’s back with a vengeance...

Spent the afternoon coughing and sneezing, whilst ensuring all CDs acquired in 2009 (see list below) were ripped to the hard drive and held in a handy folder, snappily entitled “2009”...

Meanwhile, Anne was creating yet another giant lasagne, this time for this evening’s visit from the Kingdom of Fife by her work colleague and chum Chris...

Most of the banter was Chris/Anne work-related and your correspondent was an unintentional damp squib due to lurgi and general weariness...

Driving, and with work beckoning tomorrow, Chris was not drinking and left at the reasonably early hour of 10 – leaving the Exec Producer to watch “QI”, while Mr CBQ snored loudly from the sofa...

A tiring day...

Highlight of the Day : Into the warmth, out of the snow...


It's that time again, when everyone starts listing their favourite albums of the year - and I'm no different...

I'm kind of compiling at the moment but, prior to that, for the record, here are the 418 CDs I acquired in 2009 (of course there are still a couple of days left - indeed I've had to amend this post and its title from 414 to 418 following a further purchase on 30/12/09)...

New Releases 2009 (52)
Pet Shop Boys - Yes
Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Soundingfall
Morrissey - Years of Refusal
DJ Hell - Teufelswerk
IQ – Frequency
Kristofor Astrom - Sinkadus
Steve Abel and the Chrysalids - Flax Happy
Dark Blue World - The Perilous Beauty of Madness
Autorotation - Everything is Everything
Johnny Bennett - The Violet Hush
Meditronica - Meditronica
The Olympic Symphonium - More in Sorrow Than Anger
Jason Lytle - Yours Truly, The Commuter
Flare Acoustic Arts League - Cut
aMute - Infernal Heights for a Drama
Dream Theater - Black Clouds and Silver Linings
Impossible Songs – Intermittent Stimuli
Alice Peacock - Love Remains
Drakes Hotel - Sparks That March
The 39 Steps - Coming Clean
South Central - The Owl of Minerva
Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic
Blue Roses - Blue Roses
Audiolake - Films
Portico - First Neighbours
Storey - The Streets Will Fold
Julian Velard - The Planeteer
Bill Wells - GOK
Ghost in Mirrors - Ryder's Dismount
EG - Adventure Man
Smile Down Upon Us - Smile Down Upon Us
The Present - The Way We Are
Kleerup - Kleerup
Love Revue - Love Revue
Muse - The Resistance
Bidiniband - The Land is Wild
Porcupine Tree - The Incident
Transatlantic – The Whirlwind
Beardfish – Destined Solitaire
Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day
Paul Linklater – Smooth Sailing and How
Wetton Downes – Icon III
Editors – In This Light and On This Evening
Impossible Songs – Wabi Sabi Go
Cheryl Clole - 3 Words
Leona Lewis – Echo
Alexandra Burke – Overcome
David Sylvian – Manafon
Eels – Hombre Lobo
Pet Shop Boys - Christmas
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels

Recent Releases (116)
Lee Patterson – Stella Marix
Loose Change Trio – Unstruck Note
Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight
Paul McCartney –Memory Almost Full
Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
KD Lang - Watershed
Soft Cell – Cruelty Without Beauty
Tom McRae – King of Cards
Nels Andrews – Off Track Betting
Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist
It Bites – The Tall Ships
Marillion – Happiness is the Road
Jaymay – Autumn Falling
Tim Scott – Rarely Fall
The New Odds – Cheerleader
Ferry Corsten – Right of Way
Lambchop – Damaged
Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block
Enter Shikari – Take to the Skies
Death in Vegas – Satan’s Circus
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Some Loud Thunder
21st Century Schizoid Band – Official Bootleg Vol 1
Unkle – Psyence Fiction
City and Colour – Bring Me Your Love
Future Pilot KA vs A Galaxy of Sound
Robert Lippok - Robot
Laura Pausini – Primavera in Anticipo
The Cure – 4:13 Dream
Bats For lashes – Fur and Gold
Ben Folds – Way to Normal
Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and death
Rex the Dog – The Rex the Dog Show
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night
The Five Hole Band – Tales of Hockey Erotica
Pendragon – Pure
Michael Rother - Remember the Great Adventure
Shooting at the Unarmed Man – Tryptich
The Pack AD – Tintype
Real Ones – Home with the Girls in the Morning
Tandy Hard – Same
Holy Ghost revival – Twilight Exit
Lukestar – Lake Toba
Settly – Same
Dean Owens – Whiskey Hearts
Amy LaVere – Anchors and Anvils
William Fitzsimmons – Goodnight
The Mountain Movers – We’ve Walked in Hell
The Blakes - Same
Van Tramp – Same
Crosby Loggins – We All go Home
Bella – No One Will Know
Matt Eaton - Finish Your Chips
Sherwood – A Different Light
Edgar Froese – Dalinetopia
Moby – Last Night
Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
We Are Scientist – Brain Trust Mastery
Dar Williams – Promised Land
Secret Machines - Secret Machines
Lambchop – OH (Ohio)
The Stills - Without Feathers
Deus – Vantage Point
The Black Keys – Attack and Release
Travis and Fripp -Thread
The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath
Bryan Adams - 11
Bare Naked Ladies – Everything to Everyone
Low – Drums and Guns
Red House Painters – Old Ramon
The Whitest Boy Alive - Rules
Simon Bookish – Trainwreck/Raincheck
Peter Moren – The Last Tycoon
Sky Larkin – The Golden Spike
Grand Theft Bus – Made Upwards
Future Loop Foundation – The Fading Room
1000 Robota – Du Nicht Er Nicht Sie Nicht
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck – Days Come and Go
Greg Weeks – The Hive
People in Planes – Beyond the Horizon
Interpartysystem – Same
Loney Dear – Dear John
The Uglysuit – The Uglysuit
Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago
Band of Horse – Everything All the Time
The Panics – Cruel Guards
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men
Nerina Pallot – Dear Frustrated Superstar
Taking Back Sunday – Louder Now
Every Move a Picture – Heart = Weapon
Bright Eyes – Cassagada
Noah and the Whale – Peaceful the World Lays Me Down
Nick Buzz – Circo
Big Elf – Cheat the Gallows
Chris Rea – The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Blue Notes
Hawkwind – Take Me to Your Leader
Mercury Rev – The Secret Migration
Big Elf – Hex
Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
Brand New – The Devil and God Rage Inside Me
Taken By Trees – Open Field
Brand New – Your Favourite Weapon
Brand New – Deja Entendu
Neal Morse – Cover to Cover
Planet X – Quantum
The Flower Kings – The Sum of No Evil
Ryan Adams – Love is Hell pt 2
Ryan Adams – Rock’n’Roll
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot it in People
Sonya Kitchell – Words Came Back to Me
Bright Eyes - Lifted
Great Lake Swimmers - Same
Royal Wood – A Good Enough Day
Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky
Great Lake Swimmers – Body and Mind
The Mars Volta – Amputechture

Reissues (63)
Ian Hunter – All American Alien Boy
Leonard Cohen – New Skin for the Old Ceremony
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Johnny Harris – All to Bring You Morning
T Rex – The Slider
Siouxsie & the Banshees – The Scream
Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
Elvis Costello – Get Happy
Michael Rother – Katzenmusik
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Join Hands
Fairport Convention - Same
The Upsetters – Scratch the Upsetter Again
Vanilla Fudge – Vanilla Fudge/The Beat Goes On
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
Geneva – Further
Jimi Hendrix – Axis Bold As Love
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Gong – Camembert Electrique
Faust – IV
Trace – Trace
Led Zeppelin – Presence
Robert Fripp – Exposure
Haystacks Balboa – Same
Junior Murvin – Police and Thieves
Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
Phil Collins – Face Value
Barclay James Harvest – Time Honoured Ghosts
Ed Alleyen-Johnson – Purple Electric Violin Concerto
Culture - Cumbolo
Simple Minds – Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
The Human League - Reproducttion
The Human League - Travelogue
David Sylvian – Alchemy : An index of Possibilities
Groundhogs – Who Will Save the World
Groundhogs – Split
Kevin Ayers – Whatevershesingswebring
Be Bop Deluxe – Drastic Plastic
Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish
Groundhogs – Thank Christ For the Bomb
Kevin Ayers – Yes We Have No Mananas
Kevin Ayers – The Confessions of Dr Dream
Kevin Ayers – Shooting at the Moon
Kevin Ayers – Joy of a Toy
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Same
Julie Miller – Blue Pony
Burning Spear – Man in the Hills
Burning Spear – Harder Than the Rest
Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man
Wings – At The Speed of Sound
The Chameleons – Script of the Bridge
Love – Da Capo
Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey/Garvey’s Ghost
Klaus Schulze - Interface
Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs
Depeche Mode -Violator
King Crimson - Red
King Crimson – Lizard
King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Blue Oyster Cult – Tyranny and Mutation
The Psychedelic Furs – Same
Santana - Welcome
Santana - Barboletta
Johnny Winter - Johnny Winter

Single Artist Compilations (43)
Enigma - Trilogy
Steely Dan – Showbiz Kids
The Jam – Snap
Bob Marley – Legend
Elliott Smith – New Moon
Eels – Meet the Eels
Squeeze – The Big Squeeze
Kiss – Kiss Gold
Dolly Parton – The Only Dolly Parton Album You’ll ever Need
Tom Waits – Used Songs
Paul McCartney – Wingspan
Chemical Brothers – Brotherhood
Biffy Clyro – Singles 2001-2005
John Lennon – John Lennon
Yes – The Ultimate Yes
Cloudland Blue Quartet – Songs and Soundscapes 1996-2009
Tangerine Dream – Ultime Thule
Trevor Rabin – 90124
Depeche Mode – The Singles 1981-1998
Simon & Garfunkel – The Collection
Derringer – Singles As and Bs
UK – In The Dead of Night
Big Star – Big Star Story
Soft Cell – Heat: The Remixes
Bob Marley – Singles Selecta
Josh Rouse – The Best of the Ryko Years
Uriah Heep – The Lansdowne Tapes
Pet Shop Boys – Pop Art
Low Fidelity Allstars – Warming Up the Brain Farm
Can - Unlimited Edition
T Rex – Ride a White Swan
Spirit – Time Circle
Black Sabbath – The Dio Years
California Guitar Trio – The First Decade
Allison Moorer – The Ultimate Collection
Deep Purple –Purple Rainbows
The Human League – Best of the Human League
ABC – The Look of Love
The Byrds – Play the Songs of Bob Dylan
Rory Gallagher – Big Guns
Jefferson Airplane – The Best of Jefferson Airplane
Melanie – The Best of Melanie
Gentle Giant – Out of the Woods

Live Albums (14)
David Gilmour – Live in Gdansk
Hawkwind – The Space Ritual
King Crimson – Level Five
King Crimson – London 1996
UK – Edinburgh1978
Crosby Stills and Nash – Live 2005
Hawkwind – BBC In Concert 1972
King Crimson – EleKctric
King Crimson – Warsaw 2000
Phish – Stop Stitch and Pass
Uriah Heep - Transmissions
Black Sabbath – Reunion
Dio – Inferno: The Last in Live
Deep Purple – In Concert

Various Artist Compilations (40)
Dirt Beneath the Daydream
From the Velvets to the Voidoids
Reciprocess +/Vs
This is Reggae Music 1960-1975
Trojan 70’s Box Set
Trojan Jamaica Box Set
Trojan Slack Reggae Box Set
Trojan Club Reggae Box Set
Trojan Roots Reggae Box Set
Flaming Lips’ Late Night Tales
The Wire Tapper 21
Strange Soul
Strange Folk
Strange Country
Strange Jazz
Strange Hip Hop
Fabriclive 23: Death in Vegas
Tighten Up Vol 5
Zunior Music Sampler
American Graffiti
Exploratory Music from Poland
Cream Electric Summer
Nouvelle Vague Presents New Wave
Pictures of You
Prognosis 2
Chilled 1991-2008
Motown Chartbusters Vol 7
Jackie: The Album
Now That’s What I Call Music Vol 72
Now That’s What I Call Music Vol 73
Extended 70’s
The Wire Tapper 22
Stax 50th Anniversary
100 Huge Hits of Reggae
The Harder They Come OST
100 Hits Dance Mix
Euphoric Breakdown Summer ‘08
Jazz Lounge Vol 4
Zunior Xmas Sampler
Secret Sessions – A Tribute to the Rheostatics

Contemporary Jazz (22)
Weather Report – Forecast Tomorrow
Passport – Passport Control
Network – The Bible Says
Network – Corroded Path
Network - LNC
Network – Precisely the Opposite
Network – Highly Committed Media Players
Network – Refusal to Comply
Network – Last Roll of the Dice
Miles Davis – The Complete “On The Corner” Sessions
Music Music Music – What’s a Good Boss Anyway
Music Music Music – Everybody Digs Music Music Music
Keith Jarrett – Somewhere Before
The Thing – Now and Forever
Gong – Shamal
Gong – Expresso II
Bruford/Borstlap – In Two Minds
Polar Bear – Polar Bear
Acoustic Ladyland – Last Chance Disco
Return to Forever – The Anthology
Miles Davis – Decoy
Weather report - Night Passage

Classic Jazz (19)
Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop
Sonny Clark – Leapin’ and Lopin’
Dexter Gordon – A Swingin’ Affair
Grant Green – Feelin’ the Spirit
Dexter Gordon - Clubhouse
Donald Byrd – Free Form
J R Monterose – J R Monterose
Lou Donaldson – Lou Takes Off
Hank Mobley – Quintet
Red Garland – Dig It
Bill Evans – Everybody Digs Bill Evans/New Jazz Conceptions
Oscar Peterson - Songbooks
Horace Silver – Doin’ the Thing
Art Pepper – Smack Up
Lee Morgan – Volume 2: Sextet
Art Pepper – Four Classic Albums
Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack
Charlie Mingus – Blues and Roots
Mike Taylor Quartet – Pendulum

Classical – Single Composer (34)
Paul McCartney – Ecce Cor Meum
Paganini – Violin Concertos
Craig Armstrong – Film Works 1995-2005
Vaughan Williams – Complete Symphonies
Mahler – Symphony 5
Stravinsky – Story of a Soldier
R Strauss – The Bourgeois Gentleman
Boccherini – Quintets
Boccherini – Sextets
Barber – Violin Concerto
Clementi – Complete Orchestral Works
Dowland – Complete Music For Solo Lute
Scarlatti – Keyboard Sonatas
Debussy – Orchestral Works
Ravel – Complete Orchestral Works
Poulenc- Piano Music/Chamber Music
Rachmaniniov – Complete Operas
Schubert – Complete Trios
Schubert – Last 3 Piano Sonatas
Grieg – Complete Chamber Music
Janacek – Piano Works
Schumann – Complete Concertos
Ibert – Complete Chamber Music
Handel – Italian Cantatas
Grieg – Lyrical Pieces
Dvorak – Symphonic Poems and Overtures
R Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos
Gershwin – Porgy and Bess
Craig Armstrong – Elizabeth OST
Craig Armstrong – Memory Takes My Hand
Haydn – 4 Great Masses
Mendelssohn – Lieder Ohne Worte
Tartini – Violin Sonatas
Cherubini – String Quartets

Classical – Single Artist (9)
Glenn Gould – Trilogy
Gregorio Paniagua – La Folia
Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Aria
Cecilia Bartoli – Maria
Gabriela Montero – Baroque
Sandro Ivo Bartoli – Fugitives
Catherine Bott – Virtuoso Italian Vocal Music
Huelgas Ensemble – La Quinta Essentia
Hesperion XX – Espana Antigua

Classical - Collections (6)
Mozart/Schoenberg – Piano Concertos
Various Composers – Lamento D’Arianna
Various Composers – Art and Music in the Time of Canaletto
Various Composers – The Most Relaxing Classical Music
Various Composers – 100 Best 20th Century Classics
Hind/Reich/Winston - Reflections


That's possibly, probably, too many...

Monday, December 28, 2009

In the flesh...

Robert Fripp – Orchestral Soundscapes
Robert Fripp & King Crimson – At The End of Time
Robert Fripp – Starlight Evensong
Herman Van Veen – Youtube
Fehlfarben – Youtube
Laura Pausini – Singles
Melanie – The Best of Melanie
Blue Oyster Cult – Tyranny and Mutation
The Byrds – Play the Songs of Bob Dylan
Miles Davis – Decoy
Rory Gallagher – Big Guns : The Very Best of
Jefferson Airplane – The Best of
Gentle Giant – Out of the Woods : BBC Sessions
Cherubini – String Quartets

Not much sleep last night – the inevitable Xmas/New Year cold is kicking in...

Listening to Robert Fripp and more King Crimson early on – downloads from the DGM website...

On Youtube I enjoyed videos by Herman Van Veen and Fehlfarben, buoyed by news of a new album from the latter in February...

Almost booked transport and accomodation in Manchester in July for a Laurie Anderson/Lou Reed performance - until I realised it took place last July...

A precarious walk down the road in the ice and snow, having foolishly opted to wear my “normal” (i.e. slippy and slidy) boots...

I was proclaimed an idiot by my much better booted up companion...

Uptown I made my way to FOPP with cash in my wallet – a present from my mum...

Discs were duly purchased – Blue Oyster Cult, The Byrds, Miles Davis, Rory Gallagher, Gentle Giant, Jefferson Airplane, The Mars Volta, Melanie, The Psychedelic Furs and, upstairs, a wee DVD of ELP...

In total, the outlay was around half of that which would have been necessary on Amazon...

At the time of writing I am, thus far, not too impressed with The Byrds, Rory Gallagher, Jefferson Airplane or Melanie – I can, however, declare the Gentle Giant disc to be superb...

Meeting up again with Anne, we climbed the steps to the Royal Mile and, after several unsuccessful attempts to find a café with enough empty seats, finally took refuge from the biting cold in the Edinburgh Larder on Blackfrairs Street...

Fellow blogger and King Crimson biographer & webmeister Mr Sid Smith was in town for the day with his lovely wife Debbie and so we’d arranged to meet up...

We’d never met before, though we have corresponded and, of course, we kind of know each other through the "medium of blog" but it was great to finally meet in the flesh...

Soup was eaten, tea and coffee were drunk and chins were indeed wagged with topics ranging from the ideal size for a home with two people living in it to our love or otherwise (step up the Exec Producer) for the music of the Beatles...

Sid took a couple of pics of me and Anne - this one's snaffled from his blog here...

We walked up the Royal Mile, down Cockburn St, across Waverley Bridge and Princes St for Sid to visit FOPP – one of the reasons he and Debbie were in town...

On the way Sid and I chatted about the new King Crimson remix/remasters (he worked on them and contributed sleeve notes) and about the ongoing work on the entire catalogue – some very interesting insights...

At FOPP we said our farewells and left with promises to meet up again...

A quick nip into HMV on the way for the bus resulted in two nice 3CD sets entering the collection – Violin Sonatas by Tartini and String Quartets by Cherubini, both on the very economical and suitably named “Brilliant” label – tasty...

It was dark by the time we got home...

...and I somehow managed to capture my freezing breath in this picture...

The evening was spent listening to and ripping the new purchases and experiencing a certain degree of buyer’s regret in relation to some of them...

Whilst listening, I spent some time checking which CDs acquired in 2009 are yet to be ripped into the jukeboxes, with a view to rectifying matters over the next few days...

Highlight of the Day : Finally meeting Sid and Debbie...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Always forever, now...

David Sylvian – Camphor
King Crimson – Red
David Sylvian – Manafon
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
Leona Lewis – Echo
Great Lake Swimmers – The Legion Sessions
Royal Wood – A Good Enough Day
Great Lake Swimmers – Great Lake Swimmers
Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky
King Crimson - Lizard
King Crimson – Improvs 1973-74 (2xCD-R)
Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic
Porcupine Tree – The Incident
Laura Pausini – Singles

Nothing much happened today...

Plans to go uptown were scuppered by snow and other precipitation...

Just sat around listening to music with the sound down on the TV...

In the evening, discovered Matthew Collings' 1998 series “This is Modern Art” on Youtube and enjoyed the first two episodes...

The first on Picasso, Pollock, Warhol and Hirst...

The second on shocking art...

One more to watch...

Absolutely whacked but somehow managed to stay up till 12:30 am watching "Match of the Day 2" followed by two episodes of "I'm Alan Partridge" - very funny indeed...

OK, Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : This is Modern Art...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Not dawn...

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Various – Zunior Monthly Samplers
Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky
Various – Rheostatics Secret Sessions
Various – Zunior V4:24 December ’09 Sampler
Pet Shop Boys – Christmas
Neal Morse – Cover to Cover
Various – Stax 50th Anniversary
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
Eels – Hombre Lobo
King Crimson – Cadence and Cascade

Watched Dr Who again – this time without my red wine and fatigue induced blackouts...

Very good indeed – looking forward to next week’s conclusion...

Continued to sample the new King Crimson albums – the remastering is exceptional...

I'm listening to this as I type...

Of course, when you buy a new version of an album you already own, you do tend to listen to it more carefully and, perhaps precisely for that reason, you hear things not previously heard...

In these cases though, there is a palpable difference in the LPs...

I am loving them...

An e-mail reminded me of the annual Boxing Day half price sale at and I logged in and partook of six albums – three by Great Lake Swimmers, a Rheostatics tribute compilation, an album by platinum-sellers-in-Canada, Wintersleep and a new discovery, Royal Wood...

This last was noted whilst trawling through the twenty or so free 10 track samplers I have received on a monthly basis since signing up to the mailing list...

Total outlay? Around £15...

A further free album landed in the inbox from Zunior, a festive compilation, and this soundtracked the arrival of Mum and Sister Pam for a Boxing Day feast, prior to their heading into town for the annual Panto...

Meg the Black Cat sang along...

Presents were exchanged...

The Exec Producer had once again excelled herself on the culinary arts front, while your correspondent had been sitting around downloading new Canadian music...

A very tasty lasagne hit the spot...

...followed by a tart lemon tort....

Pet Shop Boys’ Christmas EP also entertained, along with selections from the 54 album MP3 DVD prepared for Pam...

All too soon, our visitors were off into the night and the remainder of the day was spent watching TV...

A very long and looked-like-it-was-written-and–directed-by-someone-on-drugs “Pirates of the Caribbean – Edge of the World”, was followed by “Match of the Day”...

Whilst watching the latter I perused the new Eels album and a Great Lake Swimmers disc recently borrowed from the library...

Another happy day...

Highlight of the Day : A visit from the family...

Friday, December 25, 2009

White christmas...

King Crimson - Lizard
Various - Xmas EP
Pet Shop Boys - Christmas
King Crimson - Lizard 40th Anniversary Remaster
King Crimson - Red 40th Anniversary Remaster
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King 40th Anniv Remaster
King Crimson - Cadence and Cascade (3xCD-R)

Yaroo - Xmas Day!!

Up at 5:30 because I am a big kid...

Compiled two last minute CDs for Anne, highlighting her probable favourite tracks from 2008 and 2009...

Outside it looked like this around 6:10 am...

Gone 9 am, presents were finally opened to the soundtrack of the best Xmas EP in the World Ever - featuring Wizzard, Slade, Greg Lake and John lennon (and, erm, Gary Glitter)...

Chocolate money was scoffed post breakfast and presents were listened to...

The "new" version of King Crimson's "Lizard" (one of my all time faves) is a revelation to behold...

Around 2 it was out into the snow...

...and up to the bus stop for the hourly service round to Jane and Bobby's...

Crispycat Hill looked gorgeous today...

At Jane and Bobby's, I was given a tour of presents by niece Kitty, while Oliver was ensconced his his new love - yes, Pokemon has been replaced by Football Cards - got, not got, doubler etc etc...

Presents were exchanged - amongst them several jars of home made sauces from Anne's mum, future beautiful hyacynths and an IQ test ( I will only reveal the results if they are good!) from Maureen and Keith and an enticing jar of "Daddy's Cheeky Chili Chutney" and some very tasty home made sweets from Jane, Bobby and the kids...

Our tastily wrapped miniatures and chocolates, along with the home compiled and burned best of the year CDs were received with glee...

Bobby was particularly chuffed....

As ever, Xmas Dinner was superb - a selection of seafoods to start, lovely roast beef with accompanying lovingly prepared and garnished veg for the main, followed by home made trifle with the option of Xmas Pud and cream...

Red wine for Mr CBQ, whilst trying to maintain some measure of decorum...

Half way through the meal, Kitty took a head-first dive down the stairs - high heels and high Xmas spirits to blame apparently - luckily, no harm done, other than a couple of cuts and, no doubt, some Boxing Day bruises...

Soon enough, she was suitably recovered to re-enact the accident for the cameras...

Post meal, coffees, teas and more red wine and gin were accompanied by small children outplaying adults on the, seemingly these days, ubiquitous Wii Machine...

The Exec Producer soon got the hang of the ten pin bowling, having once been West Lothian Ladies Champion...

You can't beat the real thing though...

Another bus home through the ice and snow....

Your correspondent was soon to be found snoring on the settee during an abortive attempt at watching the Dr Who special...

Lights out...

Highlight of the day : It was Xmas Day...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing...

The Beatles - Beatles For Sale
Pet Shop Boys - Pop Art
Klaus Schulze - Mirage
Tangerine Dream - Exit

Another cold and snowy day - White Christmas now fully expected...

Up early and breakfast with Sister Pam and the Exec Producer while Meg the Black cat surveyed matters from the coffee table...

Pam and I walked down to the bus throught the snow...

Some interesting frozen plants along the way...

To the offices of The Man for the morning shift only today, with wine flowing from 11 am...

An hour later it was a fond farewell to my colleagues (although Kris-with-a-K does seem to be giving me a rather rude send off)....

(l-r : Tracey, Michelle, Kris, Caroline, Gillian, Stacey)

Back home through the snow after having failed miserably with any semblance of last minute Xmas shopping...

The Exec Producer soon joined me for an evening in front of a cosy fire, where we enjoyed a very tasty dinner of roast lamb, potatoes and asparaghus, accompanied by an excellent bottle of Barolo, a gift from chum Spike...

On TV, we were entertained by "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe", "Over the Hedge", The Pet Shop Boys' "Pop Art" video collection...

..."A Christmas Carol" (the best version with "Sir" Patrick Stewart as Scrooge) and, finally, "It's a Wonderful Life" of course...

Off to bed feeling somewhat Christmassy...

Highlight of the Day : Being cosy...