Friday, December 06, 2019

Finding the content of a box was better than expected, when the expected content would also have been good...

Vivaldi - Concerti per Oboe, Archi e Cembalo
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - Someday World
Deadmau5 - 4x4=12
Morrissey - Low In High School
Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Deluxe Edition)
Pet Shop Boys - Super
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - High Life
The National - High Violet
Paul McCartney - New
Hollywood Vampires - Hollywood Vampires
Fehlfarben - Über... Menschen
Marillion - F. E. A. R. (Fuck Everyone and Run) 
Soft Machine - Hidden Details
Pet Shop Boys - Elysium
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor (Limited Deluxe Version)
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Spock's Beard - Noise Floor
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Adel Tawil - So Schön Anders
Soft Machine - Hidden Details
Moby - Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt
Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Robyn - Body Talk
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Disquietmusik III
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness & Eternity
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame
Various Composers - Classic Experience II
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Trentemøller - Into The Great Wide Yonder
Pet Shop Boys - Electric
Kamasi Washington - Heaven And Earth
Taylor Swift - Reputation
Laura Pausini - Inedito
Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
Rush - Clockwork Angels
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Complete Original Mahavishnu Orchestra Columbia Albums Collection
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Dimitri from Paris - A Night At The Playboy Mansion
Genesis - Live at the Rainbow 1973
Koko Taylor - What It Takes: The Chess Years
Wintersleep - Welcome to the Night Sky (Special Edition)
Il Gardellino - Concert Life in 18th Century Berlin
The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Aretha Franklin - Respect : The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin
Sharon Shannon - The Diamond Mountain Sessions
Loscil - Lifelike

Out and down the hill, the new album having been released into the wild...

And garnering good initial reactions...

The view from the office this morning...






The view from the office later on... I made my way for a rare trip all the way up to Morningside and trawled the many charity shops up there...

This for £2 - originally bought in the summer of 1990 and subsequently sold but I have it again, joining the replaced this year Nos I and III in the collection...

Some dancy music, for £1...

This, which it turns out I already had as a download, also for £1...

Some blues for £1.50...

Oxfam's prices are always a bit higher so, for £3.99, this CD/DVD set by Efterklang added to my growing Efterklang collection - again I already had this as a download but nice to have the actual thing...


A tasty disc of obscure German composers of the 1700s - a fave period of mine...


And, final find, a 5CD box of Mahavishnu Orchestra for just £2.50...

I thought I had all these albums already...

But, on the bus back, checking over the purchases, I realised this has a whole disc of previously unreleased concert recordings from 1973...

Tasty in the extreme...

And, on Amazon, all of the above would have set me back around £300...

Mainly because the Berlin disc was priced at £156...


Tasty tea from the EP was followed by some ripping and listening and compiling of tomorrow's podcast...

Then, a drive to the other side of Edinburgh to buy some toys for Grand-nephews for their Xmas...

Back home around 9 and "Have I Got News For You" and something else I've already forgotten 8 hours later, entertained...

Not to worry...

At 11, recorded and edited the links for the podcast while Anne painted...

To bed with the podcast mock up on the cans...

Highlight of the Day : Bargains...

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Things can sometimes go on for a bit longer than expected...

Taylor Swift - Reputation
Udo Lindenberg - Stärker Als Die Zeit
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor (Limited Deluxe Version)
Ke$ha - Animal
Taylor Swift - Red
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Biffy Clyro - Opposites
Yes - Heaven & Earth
Gang Of Four - Content
Ultravox! - Systems Of Romance
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
John Coltrane - Coltrane Olé
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
King Crimson - Beat
Alice Cooper - From the Inside
Jackie McLean - Jacknife
New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
Miles Davis - Miles In The Sky
Lou Ree - Lou Reed
Yello - Solid Pleasure
The Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari
David Bowie - The Buddha Of Suburbia
The Cure - Disintegration
Jackie McLean - Jackie's Bag
Dream Theater - Images And Words
Craig Armstrong - As If To Nothing
Genesis - Trespass
The Cure - Wild Mood Swings
Wayne Shorter - Juju
Queen - Innuendo
Vivaldi - Concerti per Oboe, Archi e Cembalo

Not really up early enough to get anything done apart from ensuring pics here are up to date and ready for text to be added at the weekend...

The new album is now ready to go tomorrow morning...

The view from the office this morning...

At lunchtme, an almost fruitless trip up to Tollcross but found this for £1.50 in the Cancer Research shop...

Delightful, as I like to say...

This evening, an annual party which I organise and so, for which, I must remain compos mentis...

Here when things were still fairly civilised, chums Lindsay, Gaz, Wenders, Pam and Fiona...

Here, some of the debris...

Apparently, the last stragglers left at 4:45 - I, having spent the night on Diet Coke, Diet Irn Bru and Diet Sprite, had bailed around 10 - it was supposed to have ended at 8...

Apparently, chum Gaz woke up on the floor around 5:45, alone apart from the cleaner hoovering around him...

Oh dear...

A good night then...

Highlight of the Day : Party...

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The almost inevitable tape running out scenario...

Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2014 Vols 1-52
Various Artists - A History of the Single - The 2010s
Loscil - Lifelike
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Disquietmusik III
New Order - Technique
King Crimson - Lizard
Herbie Hancock -Takin' Off
David Byrne - The Catherine Wheel
Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue
Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe
Paul McCartney - Press to Play
Prince - Sign 'o' The Times
Miles Davis - Nefertiti
Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby
New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
Ornette Coleman - This Is Our Music
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out!
The Tubes - Young and Rich
Sting - The Dream Of The Blue Turtles
Michael Jackson - Thriller
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Roger Waters - Amused To Death
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Gtr - Gtr
Donald Byrd - Fuego
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Hank Mobley - Workout
Isaac Hayes - Shaft
Genesis - Foxtrot
Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
Dexter Gordon - Go
Tina Brooks - True Blue
King Crimson - Red
Bryan Ferry - Another Time, Another Place
Paul McCartney - Off The Ground
Sparks & Les Rita Mitsouko - Marc & Robert
Alice Cooper - From the Inside
Tony Williams' Lifetime - Life Time
King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair
Yes - Time And A Word
Sonny Rollins - The Bridge
Chic - Chic
Andrew Hill - Black Fire
Morrissey - Southpaw Grammar
Genesis - Trespass
Biffy Clyro - Opposites
Midlake - The Courage Of Others
Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
Laura Pausini - Fatti sentire
Pet Shop Boys - Elysium
Brian Eno - Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Deluxe Edition)
Deadmau5 - 4x4=12
Motörhead - Bad Magic
DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age
John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
Gang Of Four - Content
Paul McCartney - New
Paul McCartney - Egypt Station

Tonight's football cancelled due to lack of numbers...

Frustrating but what can I do...

The view from the office this morning...





Christmas is coming...

This afternoon, a trip to the Gyle...

And so...

The views from the office this afternoon...







A bit of a cock up on the way home meant I missed my bus - two of them seen leaving the stop just as I arrived....

...and so, I had to walk up the hill and missed Anne before she headed out to watch Hearts merely draw with Livingston...

The left behind tea in the oven of salmon, potatoes and broccoli was, however, tasty...

Moped about, watched a documentary on David Bowie's lack of success in the 60's and early 70's (despite a top 5 single), how it led to the ultimate breakthrough of Ziggy Stardust and how that alter ego was, in hindsight, quite promptly, knocked on the head...

Frustratingly, the "tape" ran out before the end...

Oh well...

Some TV watched on Anne's return - she didn't seem that bothered that her team are currently so crap...

That's football...

Highlight of the Day : Bowie doc...

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

A lack of things to report...

Rammstein - Made in Germany
Aretha Franklin - Respect : The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin
Sharon Shannon - The Diamond Mountain Sessions
Transatlantic - Kaleidoscope
City and Colour - Little Hell
Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman - Song X: Twentieth Aniversary
Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun
Les Rita Mitsouko - Marc & Robert
Ulrich Schnauss - Far Away Trains Passing By
Robert Fripp - Exposure
Marillion - Marillion.Com
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing....
Taylor Swift - Lover
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House
Paul Simon - Paul Simon
Yes - Relayer
Kiss - Destroyer
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Sly & the Family Stone - Fresh
Golden Earring - Moontan (UK Version)
Roy Wood - Boulders
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Fripp & Eno - No Pussyfooting
Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans
Genesis - Live at the Rainbow 1973
Joe Henderson - Inner Urge
Alice Cooper - Love It To Death
Miles Davis - Sorcerer
Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful Of Secrets
Paul McCartney & Wings - Venus And Mars
Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail
Electric Light Orchestra - ELO 2
Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness and Charm
Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue
Roxy Music - Siren
Miles Davis - Nefertiti
Volker Kriegel - Inside: Missing Link
The Utopia Strong - The Utopia Strong
Gaika - Basic Volume
Fallen - drømmende
Ori Lichtik - Killer Pig

A trip to a thing today near Falkirk, in nice surroundings...

This evening, a good pic taken from the bus...

The new LP uploading continued and that, plus "Holby City" was about it...


Highlight of the Day : A good by chance pic...

Monday, December 02, 2019

A shape to which to aspire...

Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2019-12-01
John Lewis - Jazz Abstractions
Jackie McLean - Jackie's Bag
Hank Mobley - Roll Call
Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth
John Coltrane - Africa/Brass
Freddie Hubbard - Hub Cap
John Coltrane - Coltrane Olé
Miles Davis - Someday My Prince Will Come
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Mosaic
Ornette Coleman - Ornette!
Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby
Sonny Rollins - The Bridge
Charles Mingus - Tijuana Moods
Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off
The Three Sounds - Hey There
Dexter Gordon - Go
Donald Byrd - Royal Flush
The Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari
Grant Green - Sunday Mornin'
Ornette Coleman - Ornette On Tenor
Jimmy Smith - Back At The Chicken Shack
Charles Mingus - The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
The Beatles - Please Please Me
Wes Montgomery - Boss Guitar
Jackie McLean - Let Freedom Ring
Bill Evans - Interplay
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Buhaina's Delight
Herbie Hancock - My Point Of View
Françoise Hardy - Françoise Hardy Canta Per Voi In Italiano
Miles Davis - Seven Steps To Heaven
The Beatles - With The Beatles
Miles Davis - Quiet Nights
Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - The Freedom Rider
Andrew Hill - Black Fire
Grachan Moncur III - Evolution
Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles
Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
Grobschnitt - Ballermann
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
Andrew Hill - Judgment
Wintersleep - Welcome to the Night Sky
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
Rammstein - Made in Germany

In the Whatsapp today, a pic from keyboardist Paul, of me in, I think, 1978 or 1979 with my then group Rough Cut...

Hoping to get back to this shape at some point...

...the beard and hair, however, well that's another matter entirely...

At lunchtime, the weekly trip along to Dalry and some "bargains" found...

This from Canadians Wintersleep - which I have as a download but this CD has two extra tracks and is very good indeed so worth it for just 50p at the Cats Protection League shop... was this from getting-to-quite-like them after everybody else has for ages, Foo Fighters...

...and to make it up to three, this, which, disappointingly, turns out to be some kind of yeehaw country music...

Not to worry...

Next door at St Columba's Hospice, these two were just 20p each...

Back home this evening, my Quorn and carrot surprise did not exactly surprise but was good nonetheless...

I was cooking for one as Anne had been unwell all day...

Despite her illness, we managed 100 on "University Challenge"...

Late on, the uploading of the new album, to be released on Friday, continued...

It takes ages...

Highlight of the Day : An old pic popping up...

Sunday, December 01, 2019

A trio can be a quartet...

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Callingstill
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Doveloveshawk
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Ampersand
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Anotherhappyday
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Deeperdown
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Ersatzreal
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Soundingfall
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Splinterheart
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Starlightnight
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen
Hank Mobley - Soul Station
Jackie McLean - Swing, Swang, Swingin'
Eric Dolphy - Outward Bound
Lee Morgan - Leeway
Ornette Coleman - Change Of The Century
Donald Byrd - Fuego
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - The Big Beat
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (50th Anniversary Edition)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Best of CBQ 1997-2019 (Live Set BTs)
Julie London - Around Midnight
Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame
Joan Baez - Joan Baez
Tina Brooks - True Blue
John Coltrane - Coltrane Jazz
Ornette Coleman - This Is Our Music
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
Jimmy Smith - Home Cookin'
John Lewis - Jazz Abstractions
Jackie McLean - Jackie's Bag
Hank Mobley - Roll Call
Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth
John Coltrane - Africa/Brass
Freddie Hubbard - Hub Cap
John Coltrane - Coltrane Olé
Miles Davis - Someday My Prince Will Come
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Mosaic
Various Artists - A History of the Single - The 2010s
Various Composers - Serenity
Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2019-12-01

Up and working on putting together versions of the backing tracks for the proposed CBQ live set to be run through later today...

Followed by Duck Eggs, tomato and coriander on toast...

No breakfast for the EP though - rather badly under the weather today due to a spout of through the night and continuing vomiting...

Hopefully just a bug...

Finalising and printing the song sheets for today...

Around 12:30, packed and out...

...and over to Roslin for a trio session...

With guitarist Stu...

...and drummer Johnny...

Here a trio of pics by photographer Stu - a man of many talents...

Some quick learning and run-throughs of, initially, the first 8 of the 12 songs...

A break for Moira's coffee and walnut cake...

...accompanied by young Chloe...

Then, back to work, learning the last four songs and, then, a final "live" no stops run through of "the set"...

Swift and satisfactory work by the boys...

In all, we recorded around 3 hours of the session, which, tonight, distilled down to two 40 minute versions of "the set"...

A 25 minute drive to Anne's mum's, Anne absent and, by text accounts, still not well...

A tasty tea of steak pie with Anne's mum, Jane, Bob and Kitty...

Agreed to adopt Kitty...

Back home to an ill Anne watching Strictly's results show...

She retired around 10:20 while I edited today's recordings, hitting the sack around 11:30, weekend over...

Highlight of the Day : The new CBQ...