(RSD 2020 Special) Blood Records – Sampler 2018-2019

Blood Records was created by the same people that brought us the subscription vinyl service, Flying Vinyl (you can hear the two podcasts we produced about them by following the links below). Where as Flying Vinyl deals with the joys of the single, Blood Records is all about the 12”, with their release schedule already including LPs and EPs. These releases are exclusive to the site and are for the most part, hand numbered. The quicker you are to order, the lower the number you will receive. They tend to be signed by the people involved as well as coming on all sorts of wonderful shades of vinyl. There have even been a number of LPs pressed on what can only be described as a zoetrope picture disc. These do have to be seen to be believed. 

For this months Record Store Day (RSD), I have decided to produce a sampler disc, in the style of the classics such as ‘Nice Enough To Eat’ and ‘El Pea’ that were released by Island Records in the late 60s and early 70s. This sampler covers the period between 2018 and 2019. In that time, Blood Records released ten records but it is impossible to give a complete picture of the label as some of the LPs released were various artists affairs. The songs that have been selected from those albums has just been a case of picking one that I liked as well as fitting into the time limitations fo the format. 

The sleeve artwork was taken from the Blood Records Facebook account and is one of the earlier logos with the dates covered by this compilation added.

Side A

  1. The Overcorrection – Ralph Pelleymounter
  2. It’s Over – The Hippaes 
  3. After Dark – SPINN
  4. The Time Game – Lauilia
  5. Bonnie – Anteros
  6. Forty Days & Forty Nights (Live) – The Blinders

Side B

  1. Shadow By Your Side – Alligator
  2. Game – Eliza Sheddad
  3. Icarus – Stereo Honey
  4. Junk Food Forever (Live) – The Amazons

Flying Vinyl – Episode 1 (https://www.thesquirepresents.co.uk/2016/07/)

Flying Vinyl – Episode 2 (https://www.thesquirepresents.co.uk/podcast/episode-57-flying-vinyl-year-2/)

Various Artists – American Acid (Volume 2)

A second volume of songs from the late 60s US Acid Rock (sort of) scene. A few artists from the first volume make another appearance here as well as some well known faces that did not. There are also some obscure artists like Michelle proving that much like the UK psych scene, there was so much good music coming out at the time that some of it disappeared through the cracks. Enjoy. 

Disc 1

  1. Codine Blues – The Charlatans
  2. Rag Mama Rag – The Band
  3. Let’s Work Together – Canned Heat
  4. Combination Of The Two – Big Brother & The Holding Company
  5. Omaha – Moby Grape
  6. Superbird – Country Joe & The Fish
  7. Live & Let Live – Love
  8. Dark Star – The Grateful Dead
  9. Sister Of Mercy – Leonard Cohen
  10. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan
  11. Lemonade Kid – Kak
  12. Red Balloon – Tim Hardin
  13. Think Twice – Salvation
  14. Domesday – Stained Glass
  15. Guess Things Happen That Way – Terry Manning
  16. The Pusher – Hoyt Axton
  17. Free Up – The Surprise Package
  18. Doodle – Skip Spence

Disc 2

  1. Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
  2. Evil Ways – Santana
  3. Time Was – Canned Heat
  4. Roll With It – The Steve Miller Band
  5. California Earthquake – Cass Elliott
  6. Electric Saiilor – Kak
  7. 8:05 – Moby Grape
  8. Old Man – Love
  9. Lie To Me – Kaleidoscope
  10. Light Your Windows – Quicksilver Messenger Service
  11. Summer In the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  12. Acid – Stu Mitchell With Wes Dakus’ Rebels
  13. War In Peace – Skip Spence
  14. Song For A Seagull – Joni Mitchell
  15. Forever Is A Dream – Food
  16. Lonely People Blues – Gary Lee Yoder
  17. White Bird – It’s A Beautiful Day
  18. Lament Of The Astro Cowboy – Michele
  19. Good Vibrations (Tape Rewind) – The Beach Boys

Neither disc could be reproduced on Spotify.

The Murder of Louis Kyezor, the King of Whitton

How did a well respected resident of Whitton (near Twickenham) who had turned a neglected hamlet into the village it became end up being murdered by one of his tenants? The Squire decided to take a look.

Thanks to all those involved and special thanks to The Prince Albert pub in Whitton for allowing us to film on their premises.

Various Artists – American Acid (Volume 1)

As much as I like Psychedelic music, my knowledge of the scene from the USA is not as good as it is for other countries from around the world. The brand of Psych from the US sometimes is lumped under the title of Acid Rock, which generally means that songs have heavy, distorted guitars with extended jams and lyrics full of drug references, either blatant or subtle. However, like most labels of music, it is pretty meaningless. 

A lot of the groups and singers on this compilation either came out of the Garage Rock or Folk Rock scenes. Those bands that developed from Garage Rock into the Psych era took with them the distorted guitar sound and sound effects, which is major contrast from British Psych which took its cues from childhood imagery and the Music Hall Tradition. As time went on, the guitars became heavier and would eventually evolve into heavy rock and metal. 

For this compilation, I looked at using music from the golden age of what could be considered Acid Rock music, which is arguably between 1966 and 1970. Not all of these artists are rockers, with the likes of Joni Mitchell and Time Rose making an appearance. What I was going for here was the feel of the US in the late 60s and I hope that I achieved this. Enjoy. 

Disc 1

  1. The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag – Country Joe & The Fish
  2. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  3. Going Up The Country – Canned Heat
  4. Hey Grandma – Moby Grape
  5. Alabama Bound – The Charlatans
  6. Night In The City – Joni Mitchell
  7. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was in) – Kenny Rodgers & The First Edition
  8. For What Its Worth – Buffalo Springfield
  9. That’s It For The Other One (Edit) – The Grateful Dead*
  10. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
  11. The Weight – The Band
  12. The Pusher – Steppenwolf
  13. The Red Telephone – Love
  14. Karmic Dream Sequence #1 – The Millennium
  15. Mr Skin – Spirit
  16. In A Gadda-Da-Vidda – Iron Butterfly

*Edited at 6:26

Disc 2

  1. Wooden Ships – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  2. The Golden Road (To Ultimate Devotion) – The Grateful Dead
  3. Underdog – Sly & The Family Stone
  4. Do You Follow Me – The United States Of America
  5. Down on Me (Live) – Big Brother & The Holding Company
  6. Morning Dew – Tim Rose
  7. Magic Carpet Rode – Steppenwolf
  8. Two Days ‘Till Tomorrow – The Beau Brummels
  9. The Crystal Ship – The Doors
  10. Sugar Man – Rodriquez
  11. 1982-A – Sons Of Champlin
  12. Up & Down – The Serpent Power
  13. Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane
  14. Fool (Single Version) – Blue Cheer
  15. How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away – Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  16. Bryte ’N’ Clear Day – Kak
  17. Bummer In The Summer – Love
  18. Murder In The Heart For The Judge – Moby Grape
  19. Five To One – The Doors
  20. Sure ‘Nuff ’N Yes I Do – Captain Beefheart & HIs Magic Band
  21. I Need It Higher – Zerfas
  22. Get Together – The Youngbloods
  23. Porpoise Song (Mono Single Mix) – The Monkees

Various Artists – Almost Famous OST (Deluxe Edition)

On the 8th September 2000, a film had its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. That film was ‘Almost Famous’, and it was director Cameron Crowe’s love letter to the rock scene in America in the early 1970s. Crowe himself had been contributing music reviews for an underground newspaper, San Diego Door by the time he was 13. By the time he was 16, he was writing for Rolling Stone magazine and was their youngest ever contributor. Being younger than all of the other contributors, he covered the bands that most of the other journalists didn’t like. These included Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and the Allman Brothers band. The latter band were used as his first cover story. 

The script and some of the characters were based upon his experiences at that time. The songs used in the film were drawn from the time that the film is set, except for the songs that were performed by the fictional band Stillwater. These songs were written by Crowe with his then wife Nancy Wilson, who was also the guitar player in the band Heart. Two more were written by Peter Frampton who was also worked as the technical consultant on the film. He would also make a cameo as a roadie for Humble Pie, a band he was actually in between 1969 & 71.  a Stillwater were actually a real band from the era and Crowe asked permission to use the name, which they agreed to after negotiating a fee for themselves. Though the film was a critical success and nominated for a number of awards as well as winning an Academy Award for best screenplay, it was not the commercial success. 

It is not the film itself that I am focusing on today but the soundtrack album. This won the 2001 Grammy for the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and is a classic of the genre. It mixes period music with some of the songs written specifically for the film. The music is so integral to the scenes that Crowe managed secure the rights to using Led Zeppelin songs, something the band did not grant very often. Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’ featured prominently in a scene where band tensions on the tour bus has reached a point where no one is talking to one another. ‘Tiny Dancer’ starts playing and then as it continues to play, the band and hangers on start to sing along. 

What I set out to do here was to produce a deluxe edition of this soundtrack album to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the film. As with all the deluxe editions, the original sequence of songs needs to stay, even though I added a couple fo bonus songs on at the end as there was room to spare and too many good songs not leave any off. I also wanted to spread the renaming Stillwater songs out so that they would not be too many on the second disc. 

‘Almost Famous’ is one of the great films about music and is rightly hailed as one fo the greatest films of all time. 

Disc 1

  1. America – Simon & Garfunkel
  2. Sparks – The Who
  3. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference – Todd Rundgren
  4. I’ve Seen All Good People – Yes
  5. Feel Flows – The Beach Boys
  6. Fever Dog – Stillwater
  7. Every Picture Tells A Story – Rod Stewart
  8. Mister Farmer – The Seeds
  9. One Way Out (Live) – The Allman Brothers
  10. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  11. That’s The Way – Led Zeppelin
  12. Tiny Dancer – Elton John
  13. Lucky Trumble – Nancy Wilson
  14. I’m Waiting For The Man (Live) – David Bowie
  15. The Wind – Cat Stevens
  16. Slip Away – Clarence Carter
  17. Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman
  18. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  19. You Had To Be There – Stillwater

Disc 2

  1. Roundabout – Yes
  2. Burn – Deep Purple
  3. Sweet Leaf – Black Sabbath
  4. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  5. Chance Upon You – Stillwater
  6. The Oogum Boogum Song – Brenton Wood
  7. Reelin’ In The Years – Steely Dan
  8. Looking At You – MC5
  9. Love Thing – Stillwater
  10. Easy To Slip – Little Feat
  11. Search & Destroy – Iggy & The Stooges
  12. Go All the Way – The Raspberries
  13. Wishing Well (US MIx) – Free
  14. Tangerine – Led Zeppelin
  15. Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters – Elton John
  16. Dear Jill – Blodwyn Pig
  17. Hour Of Need – Stillwater
  18. Teacher – Jethro Tull

These playlists could not be reproduced on Spotify due to one or more songs not being available on that platform.

Episode 95 – I Love To Ride My Bicycle

As Prefab Sprout once wrote, songs can be more about more than Cars and Girls. In this show, we are going to have a look at songs written about the glorious bicycle. 

  • My White Bicycle – Tomorrow
  • Daisy Bell (On A Bicycle Made For Two) – Dinah Shore
  • Lady On A Bicycle – Kippington Lodge
  • La Bicyclette – Yves Montand
  • Trip On An Orange Bicycle – Orange Bicycle
  • Bicycles, Roller Skates & You – The Archies
  • The Pushbike Song – The Mixtures
  • Broken Bicycle – Kes Wyndham
  • Silver Machine – Hawkwind
  • Bicycle Ride – Queen
  • Peddle Your Blues Away – R Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenades
  • Terry Keeps His Clips On – Viv Stanshall
  • Riding On My Bike – Madness
  • Cycling Is Fun (Early Version) – Shonen Knife 
  • Tour De France (Francois K Remix) – Kraftwerk
  • Bike Ride To The Moon – The Dukes Of Statosphear
  • See That My Bike’s Kept Clean – Half Man Half Biscuit
  • My Bike – Kimya Dawson
  • Bicycle Song – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Bike (Mono Mix) – Pink Floyd